The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2020 January 2021

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Life of Reely:
The Best of 2020
A few thoughts about a year like no other.
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Midwest Preview:
Staying Connected Midwest Clinic 2020
This year the annual Midwest Clinic goes virtual with a wide variety of exciting clinics, panels, performances, and product showcases. The virtual exhibit hall will represent over 100 companies. Go to midwestclinic.org for more information.
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Teaching:
Be Ready for Anything, Tips for Teaching Elementary General Music
“Your job might offer some surprises, such as elementary general music classes in addition to teaching middle or high school band, orchestra, or choir.”
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Rehearsal Techniques:
Change Things Up with Creative Rehearsal Methods
“If I sense the group is down or stressed out, I spend 5-10 minutes on meditation and stretching. A shorter, more focused rehearsal is far more productive than a full-length, inattentive class.”
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Feature:
A Virtual Band Becomes Reality
Converting a Middle Level Honor Band Performance to a virtual event.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Single Reed Maintenance
By Jason Kush and Timothy Savage “Developing a routine of good reed maintenance and care can help make reeds last longer and stay in better shape.”
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Strength in Numbers, A Creative Way to Motivate Adult Players
Forming a small ensemble of adult players is enjoyable and motivational.
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Personal Perspective:
Learning to Thrive In a Small Town
“In any school, but certainly one in a smaller town, it is important to align the goals of the program with the goals of the community, especially with marching band. Goals can be changed over time, but the shift should take place slowly and strategically.”
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