The Instrumentalist

Articles April May 2022

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Interview:
Finding Community in Charlottesville, A Conversation with Stephen Layman
Steve Layman, music director for the group since 2008, hopes for a full concert schedule in 2022 as the Charlottesville Band in Virginia celebrates their 100th anniversary celebration.
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Feature:
Essentially Ellington, And Why It’s Essential
This is much more than just one of the biggest jazz competitions in America. From free music to a helpful website with teaching tips and recordings, there is a wealth of information that will help raise your program to the next level. “Any band can submit recordings for comments only, and you can submit as little as one song. These comments are not the scribbles you might get from a local festival; they are thoughtful and specific.”
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Conducting Clinic:
Conductors Clinic,The Misunderstood Left Hand
Many young directors wonder how to use the left hand effectively and where to place it when it is not active.
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The Teacher's Studio:
The Teacher’s Studio: Note-Grouping in the Classroom
Suggestions for teaching students how to group notes together to enhance a musical idea.
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String Clinic:
String Clinic, How to Practice Eight Essential Bow Strokes
“Many students develop a sophisticated left-hand technique but play with a weak tone and struggle with off-the-string strokes.”
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Year-End Wrap Up
This article originally appeared in the April 1990 issue. Experienced directors offer tips on what has worked well for recruiting and improving their programs.
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Personal Perspective:
What Worked For Me
Reflections on successful strategies that will help both in and out of the classroom.
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Life of Reely:
You Win/They Win How to Manage Music Classes

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