The Instrumentalist

Articles January 2012

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Interview:
Consistency Is Key with Middle School Bands, An Interview with Douglas Akey
“Many people advise switching things up every day to keep rehearsals interesting. That may work for them, but I think middle school students need consistency. All of my rehearsals are structured identically.”
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Jazz Clinic:
Professionalism in School Bands
“Using a variety of rehearsal configurations is a simple strategy to keep things interesting for both students and director. I am always amazed to see the energy and excitement expressed on the faces of students when they enter the rehearsal room on a day I changed the seating configuration.”
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Life of Reely:
Countdown to Contest
“Do not forget your sense of humor during this time period. It seems that just before most contests something musically bizarre will happen, such as a major mistake the band has never made before. As gutwrenching as these mistakes are, they are usually aberrations, and it is best to be thankful it did not happen during the contest performance.”
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Obituary:
Remembering Himie Voxman
(1912-2011)
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Brass Clinic:
Percussion Exercises for Beginning Brass
“Although I am an experienced percussionist, I also teach all of the beginning brass classes at my school. The first few months of learning to play percussion and brass have significant differences, but I have found some helpful ways to apply percussion pedagogy to playing wind instruments, particularly with muscle memory and instrument position.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Clarinet Maintenance
“The nozzle on many oil bottles often lets too much oil out and may leak onto the pads, ruining them. Remove the nozzle of the bottle and dip a toothpick into the oil.”
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Notes from Northfield:
The Path

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Personal Perspective:
The First Few Years
In many cases when parents are upset,they do not have all the information.
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