Posts for January 2011

January 24, 2011

Spelling test for woodwind players and teachers

If you’re a player or teacher of woodwinds, you need to be able to communicate clearly about woodwind playing. I’ve compiled a few of the most frequently-misspelled woodwind-related words from assignments and tests in my various classes. Check it out and see how you do: Take the spelling test

January 22, 2011

Divertissement for multiple woodwinds and piano

I got this in the mail this week: The composer, Dr. Sy Brandon, will be in residence at the Delta State University Department of Music on Monday, Feb. 28. The agenda (forthcoming) will include an open rehearsal of Divertissement (with pianist Kumiko Shimizu) and a Q&A session with Dr. Brandon. Read more about Divertissement for ...

January 18, 2011

Required recordings, spring 2011

Once again it’s time for required recordings. This semester, I’m having my each of my students add a good chamber music recording to their library. The students required to buy these recordings are technically enrolled in applied lessons, which means they study solo repertoire, although I do also coach some of them in chamber music. ...

January 13, 2011

Recommending gear for beginners

Photo, sekihan A beginning instrumentalist needs good equipment. For young woodwind players that means instruments, mouthpieces, reeds, and probably a few other accessories. They aren’t cheap, and the array of options is bewildering. Where can students and their parents turn for solid recommendations? The ideal situation is for the student to connect with a qualified, ...

January 4, 2011

Woodwind teaching resources for school band directors (and others)

Photo, Nick Findley Students in my woodwind methods classes are usually music education majors, planning careers as school band directors. In my class, they get their one-semester crash course in playing and teaching the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. Clearly there’s a lot of information that they will need but which will be easily ...
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