The Instrumentalist

Articles June 2011

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Taking Command at William Penn High School
When Brian Endlein arrived at William Penn High School, he faced initial skepticism from students and parents. One booster wondered whether the young director would ever last in the position. Six years later, a new sense of pride and accomplishment has replaced any early doubts. The sky is the limit for this thriving program.
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Conducting Clinic:
Posture on the Podium, A Personal Trainer Assesses Conducting
Conductors contort their bodies in many different ways to convey their musical ideas. Here are some ways to undo the damage caused by years of bad habits.
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Brass Clinic:
Developing Melodic Tubists
Tuba players may not have the melody often, but here are ways to make sure they play it well when they do.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Busting Some Flute Myths
“Many, perhaps most, young players play with the headjoint positioned too high on their lip, causing the air to go across the hole too much. This raises the pitch. The correction lies not in pulling the headjoint out further, but in bringing it down and rolling it in.”
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Marching Clinic:
Improving Marching Percussion
“Too many directors pass off responsibility for guiding the drumline to a percussion coach and are unwilling to ask for a needed change in volume. As the director, my job is to set volume for each section and produce a coherent sound.”
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A Student-Run Orchestra Grows Up Quickly
When high school senior Matthew Martz wanted some experience on the podium, he decided to start an orchestra. Two years later, this Northern Virginia ensemble has grown into a successful collaboration of students ranging from grade school to college.
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Life of Reely:
A Letter from Band Camp
From meeting awesome counselors to learning about mutes for the first time, a summer camp session is filled with adventures.
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One Quick Question:
Finding Faulty Intonation
We asked a few respected educators how they find an out-of-tune section or player. Here are their responses.
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