The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2021 January 2022

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Midwest Preview:
Celebrating 75 Years, Midwest Clinic 2021
After two trying years for the world, musicians from around the world gather once again in Chicago to reconnect with friends old and new. This year’s show honors the Midwest’s storied history, highlights some amazing current achievements, and looks ahead to a brighter future.
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Midwest Preview:
Favorite Midwest Memories
We asked some outstanding directors to share their favorite stories from past shows, and the responses made us smile. “Connections became friendships. Questions got answers. Through the Midwest attendees became better at their craft of teaching music. All of that happened for me, and my dreams became reality.”
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Notes from Northbrook:
Precious Metal

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Pedagogy:
Pedagogy: Sharing All You Know
“I have emphasized to my students that when you go out to perform, always know that the audience comes in devoid of feelings, and it is your responsibility to give them something to take with them that they didn’t possess when they first arrived….The ultimate goal is to project your own joy and exuberance in making music.”
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Improvising:
Improvisation Beyond The Notes
This veteran high school and college jazz educator shares his approach to developing fluent improvising. Students can only play what they hear in their mind. These ideas will improve that mental solo and make it easier to play on the instrument.
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The Teacher's Studio:
Rehearsal Strategies
When confusion arises in the music, directors can rely on a set of tested strategies to fix the problem. If you are confused about something, you won’t play it accurately.
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Life of Reely:
The Best of 2021

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