The Instrumentalist

Articles January 2015

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Conducting Clinic:
Left Hand Independence
“Whenever there is important information to convey with the left hand, it should be moved to the primary position while the baton hand becomes subordinate.”
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Rehearsal Techniques:
Battles Worth Fighting
“As the professional in the room, I have to make decisions for my students that I think are in their best interest. I know these decisions are not always popular, but they are the decisions that will give the students the best chance to succeed. Remember, no student wants to be a part of something unsuccessful.”
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Percussion Clinic:
Mastering Snare Drum Rolls
To develop equal dexterity in both hands, use the non-dominant hand to do tasks that require fine motor control, such as writing, texting, using silverware, operating a computer mouse, or unlocking doors.
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Advice for New Teachers:
Preparing for Student Teaching
“I am surprised to discover that many student teachers fall back on the notion that looking up fingerings is easier than retaining all of them. Looking up a fingering in a book could take too much time, and this may allow students to get off task.”
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Literature:
Programming with Purpose
“My list consists of every piece I have always wanted to conduct for these ability levels. The list is culled down to what is practical, and from this comes one piece for each group that will be the culmination of the year’s teaching.”
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Profile:
The Career of Colonel Palmatier
Col. Thomas H. Palmatier, leader and commander of the U.S. Army Band since August 2011, ended his 37-year career as a military musician in December.
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Woodwind Clinic:
A Classic Sax Sound
As saxophonists expand from concert band to other genres, it is important they don’t abandon the sound quality they first learned.
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Performance Preparations:
Hosting a Festival
To get the most out of being a host, preparations should begin at least a year in advance.
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Notes from Northfield:
Secret Knowledge

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Life of Reely:
More Music Psychology

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