Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Sabbath Principle and the (Christian) Musician, Part One

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Christian Sabbath, Confessionalism, D.A. Carson, Doctrine, John MacArthur, Lord's Day, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Providence, Theology

November 22: Three Important Deaths and One Happy Life

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), an event rightly remembered with a certain solemnity by the American people. Sadly, that tragic event and the various speculations which still surround it can cause … Continue reading

Posted in Adoption, Aldous Huxley, Apologetics, C.S. Lewis, Doctrine, Evangelism, History, John F. Kennedy, Politics, Practical Christianity, Providence, The Future, Theology

Audition Day Strategies

Tomorrow is a big day for high school band students in Mississippi: the first round of auditions for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. As is the case with similar ensembles in every state, making the “Lions Band” is a crowning … Continue reading

Posted in Auditions, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Education, Euphonium, Low Brass Resources, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Transfer of Knowledge

Ours is a day of great specialization. At one time the Bachelor of Arts degree—with a broad curriculum covering philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, music theory, ancient and modern languages, etc.—was the normative course of study for undergraduate students. In modern … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Doubling, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Repertoire, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Five Principles for Finding Enough Practice Time

One of the constant refrains I hear from students when I admonish them regarding insufficient practice is “I just don’t have enough time to practice!” Whether we are discussing the multiplied hours of individual practice expected of performance majors, or … Continue reading

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