Posts for April 2011

April 22, 2011

Advice for prospective college music majors

Photo, Surat Lozowick Planning on being a college music major? Good for you! But if you’re like I was as a high school senior, there are some things you haven’t thought of yet. Now that I’m on the other end of things—a college music professor, teaching music majors—I have some advice that I share with ...

April 16, 2011

“How I Became a Broadway Musician” at

Pianist David Hahn at recently posted a 5-part series on his path to becoming a musician on Broadway. Check it out!

April 10, 2011

David Erato on his clarinet “journey”

David Erato, a Wisconsin-based woodwind doubler and teacher, describes the motivation behind his year-long “journey” to improve his clarinet chops: The idea as a “doubler” is to make whatever instrument is in your hand not feel like a foreign object. One should really study the instrument as if it is the only instrument you play. Practice the ...

April 5, 2011

The Great Woodwind Doubler Census of 2011

Attention: woodwind doublers! The time has come to stand up and be counted. The linked survey is for anyone who considers themselves to be a woodwind doubler of any ability level at all. All the questions are optional, so you can skip anything you don’t feel like answering, but thorough responses are much appreciated. The ...

April 1, 2011

A farewell to woodwind playing

Well, it has been a great ride studying, teaching, and performing on the instruments of the woodwind family. Thanks everyone for your support here at I’ll leave this website up for now, but I hope you will all check out my new project: Bret Pimentel, brass
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