The Instrumentalist

Articles November 2014

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Interview:
Staying Young, One Year at a Time, An Interview with Diane Koutsulis
The motto at Green Valley High School in Las Vegas is Commitment to Excellence. “That doesn’t mean you have to play the hardest music or the latest, greatest piece. It could be a pop tune that you are playing in the stands at a football game, but you always want to sound great.”
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Brass Clinic:
Tips from Trumpet Teachers
“Students often worry about the wrong things, like playing fast and high. Instead, they need to concentrate on using air and focus on the quality of sound.”
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Composers Workshop:
The Art of Composing, A Look at Composers Featured at the 2014 Midwest Clinic
A few of the composers having new works performed at the Midwest Clinic gave us an inside look at how they started composing, and where they find their inspiration.
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Emperata Overture Turns 50
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Emperata Overture, here is an Instrumentalist Classic featuring Claude T. Smith’s thoughts on his first published composition.
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Literature:
Intermediate Solo Repertoire for Woodwinds
These solos and collections fall into the grade 3-4 range and are perfect for high school woodwind players looking for something exciting for solo contests or recitals.
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Notes from Northfield:
Beethoven, Heiligenstadt, and the Zentralfriedhof

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Life of Reely:
Things to Be Thankful For

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