The Instrumentalist

Articles February 2014

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Interview:
Producing Bands That Sing: An Interview with Todd Zimbelman
“Much of the time you can make some major improvements just based on how hard you are working. This does not necessarily mean putting in more time; sometimes changes in how efficiently you rehearse can make a big difference. Improving the rehearsal etiquette of the ensemble and increasing the individual effort that students put into the ensemble can lead to much improved results.”
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Obituary:
Charles R. Groeling (1929-2014)

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Programming:
Some Great Music for Middle School Bands
We asked an outstanding group of teachers to identify some of the great works available for Grade 3 bands. They selected some of their recent favorites along with treasured gems that deserve continued performance today. Their comments convey the dazzling variety and excellence of music available for middle school ensembles.
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Conducting Clinic:
Cleaning Entrances and Releases
“I sometimes have band students emulate bowing on releases. For soft releases I have them stop as if they were releasing by lifting the bow gently off the string. For more abrupt cutoffs I have students picture stopping the bow short on the string without lifting it at all.”
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Teaching:
Writing Cadenzas
“Although from the romantic period on, the composer tended to write out the cadenza as part of a published concerto, performers often improvised them in the baroque and the classical periods. I have come up with a relatively simple method for creating convincing cadenzas.”
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Teaching:
Great Private Teachers
“In music as in sports, the great players and the great coaches are two distinct, if overlapping, groups. The ability to perform a note-perfect “Flight of the Bumblebee” has little to do with the ability to interact effectively with thirty teenagers of all shapes and sizes.”
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Preparing a Band for Festival Competition
Under the pressure of contest season, directors may feel that they are forgetting something. By checking off the items on this thorough list, directors and students will improve their chances of performing at their best.
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Blueprints for Adjudicators
This classic article from a veteran adjudicator offers valuable advice for directors and ensembles under the festival microscope.
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Notes from Northfield:
Music Everywhere

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Life of Reely:
Songs in My Head

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