The Instrumentalist

Articles August 2013

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Interview:
The Methods To Mastering Conducting An Interview with Debra Traficante
Band directors have many administrative tasks to stay on top of, sometimes turning them into micromanagers on the podium. “It is natural to want to cue everything and conduct every aspect of the music, but we get in our own way when we do this.”
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Conducting Clinic:
A Fresh Look at English Folk Song Suite
These interpretation and performance suggestions are based on study of the folk songs on which this classic band work is based.
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Interview:
47 Wonderful Years In the Chicago Symphony, A Conversation with Dale Clevenger
“The greatest conducting technique in the world is less important than knowledge and musicianship, but having good technique makes everything that much better.”
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Marching Clinic:
Making the Most of Drum Majors
“A drum major that who conduct triple time against duple time is less important than one who will step up, take charge, and lead.”
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Percussion Clinic:
Swing Drumset Basics
“One of the most important skills a jazz drummer should have is the ability to kick the band.”
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String Clinic:
Orchestra New Year’s Resolutions
These ten ideas for the new school year will help get orchestras off to a strong start.
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Teaching:
Practice Notebooks
Teaching students how to keep records of their practice time also teaches students how to practice correctly.
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Notes from Northfield:
Surrounded by Music

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Brass Clinic:
Trumpet Section Part Assignments
Here are strategies for making sure that all cornet and trumpet parts are covered.
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Life of Reely:
Bach: The Selected Tweets Translated from the German by Achtung Weinerreimer

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Obituary:
Elliot Del Borgo (1938-2013)

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