The Instrumentalist

Articles May 2015

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Teaching:
Ending the Year Well
“The end of the year is an excellent time to read through standard works that all students should get a chance to play at some point.”
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Conducting Clinic:
A Manual of Style
Accents can be clarified for students by “offering performers a set of block shapes that show the sharpness of the accent, how pointed the note will be, and how rapidly it softens.”
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Personal Perspective:
Shaping the Culture in High School Bands
“I reminded students that although no one in the band now would still be here in four years, I intended to be, and I intended the band to be viewed in even higher regard than it was today.”
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Interview:
Back to the Beginning, An Interview with Tony Garmoe
“Rehearsal time is the opportunity to do the best teaching you can from bell to bell. Those are very valuable minutes, and there can be no wasted time when you are in front of students.”
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Brass Clinic:
The Right Words for Brass Players
Differentiating between sound and tone can be extremely helpful. “Tone is the basic voice that comes out of the instrument. It can be bright, clear, unclear, fuzzy, or resonant. Sound, however, is the artistic goal for a player.”
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Literature:
Great Repertoire for Young Orchestras
“Students should have a reasonable chance of success, but should stretch just beyond what they believe is possible. In short, convince them you believe they are good enough, and then help them to be that good.”
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Percussion Clinic:
Improving Percussion Sound Quality
"The first exercise that I use with my students when addressing sound quality is something I call the Four-Bar Blues. It is a simple exercise in concept – four measures of 16th notes with absolutely no change in sound – but students are often surprised at the difficulty.”
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Life of Reely:
Do Your Job
“I have labored through in-service sessions where educational miracle cures were presented, while all I can think about is escaping and getting back to work.”
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Rehearsal Techniques:
Keeping Order in Rehearsals
These simple techniques work well for keeping students on task.
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