The Instrumentalist

Articles January 2010

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Interview:
A Composer’s Story, An Interview with Roger Cichy
“It makes a big difference to put yourself in character and understand how the music is supposed to sound. Playing without style is like an actor who didn’t do any character study.”
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Teaching:
Tips for Travelling Teachers
“Items to bring every day include extra reeds and a mouthpiece puller. I always like to have supplemental materials in case some students work through everything I assign and are eager for more.”
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Literature:
Early Band Works
Directors interested in teaching music history should consider diving into the band works written in the Renaissance through Romantic periods. These works are more suitable for bands than transcriptions of string or keyboard music.
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Brass Clinic:
Rediscovering the Cornet
Although military and brass bands, the predecessors of modern concert bands, still use both cornets and trumpets, the cornet has fallen by the wayside in concert bands.
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Teaching:
The Note-Name Game
“Students would learn correct fingerings for notes, but many of them had difficulty remembering the note names. Eventually I developed a system that helped everyone.”
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Life of Reely:
Ridiculous Questions

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