The Instrumentalist

Articles August September 2021

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Feature:
Music For Prague, 1968 The Composing, Rehearsing and Premiering of a Masterpiece
A tireless advocate for new band repertoire over the past several decades, Frank Battisti tracks down the players who collaborated with Karel Husa on his masterpiece and participated in its first performances.
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Teaching Ideas:
Engaging Ways to Build Music Literacy
The new school year will have many challenges. Create and light the sparks that will keep students engaged.
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Brass Clinic:
The Nuances of Alternate Positions
“The trombone’s inherent mechanical difficulties can sometimes be mitigated through the judicious use of alternate slide positions. However, mechanical ease is not the only factor to consider when determining which positions to use in a given passage.”
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Interview:
Remembering the Revelli Years An Interview with Arthur Cohen
A successful interview with William Revelli led to a life-changing job as announcer for the University of Michigan Marching Band. Arthur Cohen shares his tales from the Big House.
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The Teacher's Studio:
What to Teach
“One of the most difficult tasks in teaching is determining what the student does not know. In the first lessons, it is necessary to take an assessment of where the student is and what areas need to be rebuilt from the foundation on up.”
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Teaching Ideas:
Connecting Cultures Through Band
After a long and challenging year, some difficult topics may arise in class. This veteran of several music programs offers some tips for getting the conversation going in a productive way.
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Competitions:
Working with Judges
“Make sure your show has pacing and transitions that you can defend. Those areas tend to be groups’ greatest weaknesses and are hard to fix in the short fall season.”
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Personal Perspective:
What the Fall Season Could Be

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