The Instrumentalist

Articles February 2012

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Teaching:
The Nuts and Bolts of Good Rehearsals
“Telling a student to sit up just because it is right and looks good is fine, but when students hear their sound improve, then the sound becomes your proof that your instruction is true and beneficial.”
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Feature:
Words of Wisdom from Francis McBeth
“In music the performer is exalted to a higher plane, the conductor to an even higher, and the composer to the highest. The creation of art may be the highest level of personal satisfaction that is achievable. I have never found any other endeavor that supersedes it.”
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String Clinic:
Chamber Music with Young String Quartets
Even experienced players may struggle initially in chamber ensembles. Some initial preparation and exercises will help build communication and ensemble skills and get students off to a good start.
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Percussion Clinic:
Drumset Basics
“A drumset part might just be skeletal, with one bar of pattern written at the very beginning or a note that says ‘boogie-woogie shuffle’ or ‘swing jazz.’”
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Teaching:
How Students Should Listen
Directors should cultivate an ability to listen in students. This includes explaining exactly what to listen for and how to respond to what they hear.
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Teaching:
Taking Care of Accompanists
“Keyboardists who are good listeners may provide valuable insight toward realizing composers’ intentions.”
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Life of Reely:
Brushes with Fame

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Notes from Northfield:
Remembering McBeth

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