Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Conundrum: Grading for Improvement versus Grading Against a Standard

One peculiar difficulty of teaching applied music lessons at a college or university is that of assigning grades to students’ performances in those lessons. While evaluating a student’s playing and suggesting means of improvement is “challenging but doable,” assigning an … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Five Inexplicable Student Behaviors

Because the title of this post will no doubt lead the reader to expect a veritable burst of negativity, I will begin with several disclaimers. First of all, I am not writing in order to “call out” an individual student … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Daily Routine, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Fall 2013 Concerts and Activities Preview

This post is coming a little late for a “fall semester activities” list, especially considering that mid-term exams are being given next week, but I have delayed it because of some event scheduling that has just become finalized. On the … Continue reading

Posted in Bass Trombone, Brass Quintet, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Performances, Recordings, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles