The Instrumentalist

Articles October November 2021

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Interview:
Honoring the Past, Building the Future: A Conversation with Don Stinson
In 1947, a highly decorated band from Joliet, Illinois became the first high school ensemble invited to perform at the Midwest. As students from Joliet Central High School prepare to open this year’s 75th Anniversary convention, director Don Stinson looks back at more than a century of band history and the ways the program continues to evolve.
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College Preparation:
Helping Students Find A Music Education Program
Several experienced college teachers offer advice on how to make the most of the search for a great college music program.
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Teaching:
Alternative Practice Strategies
There are no shortcuts to working thoughtfully on music each day. However, when certain musical problems resist your best efforts, there are several helpful techniques that can remove the roadblocks.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Those Pesky Pinkies Strategies for Clarinetists
Using the pinky keys can be one of the most confusing parts of playing clarinet, and even professionals disagree at times on the topic. Here are some principles to solve the most difficult pinky problems.
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The Teacher's Studio:
Structuring Sectionals
A well-run sectional program can reap surprisingly strong rewards at contests, concerts, and at home.
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Advice for Students:
Tips for Focused and Efficient Practicing
“Your confidence will grow with each accurate and clean repetition. Trust the process and focus on one detail at a time.”
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Personal Perspective:
A Composer on Conducting

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