The Instrumentalist

Articles February March 2023

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Interview:
Composing Without Fear, An Interview with James Stephenson
“The most rewarding part is when something comes out during the composing process that you never would have predicted. All composers seek that. When we find it, you’re in a room all by yourself. It’s just that private moment that gives you chills or makes you tear up.”
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Directory:
Annual Directory of Summer Camps and Clinics
Camps share their plans for a musical summer for both students and adults. This year flute programs have a separate section.
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Personal Perspective:
Copiloting in the Beginning Ensemble: Directing Students in a New Way
A busy teacher needed an extra set of hands to teach her beginning students this year. A quick trip to Target provided the solution, adding daily moments of laughter and significant musical improvement for everyone in class.
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Brass Feature:
The Wisdom of Werden, Talking Euphonium with David Werden
The long-time euphonium soloist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band gives directors and players his thoughts on breathing, buzzing, vibrato, and the many roles the instrument plays in ensemble and solo settings.
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Rehearsal Techniques:
Sharing Power in Rehearsals
“Transferring responsibility to students and giving them an active role in rehearsal helps them to be creative, engage their listening skills, and collaborate with each other. This new found autonomy fosters confidence, independence, and trust.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Notation Ambiguities
“Two-note slurs are played loud to soft always. Even if the passage is marked with a crescendo, each two-note slur becomes louder as a unit, but still retains the loud/soft or strong/weak character within the unit.”
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Personal Perspective:
Inspiring a Love of Music
“Music can transport individuals to places both known and imagined. In recreating, creating, and consuming music, one can experience things that go beyond those normally associated with and encountered in everyday life. One’s physical and intellectual worlds are enlarged and expanded.”
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