Category Archives: Education

Service, Yes. “Customer Service,” No.

A favorite expression of mine over the past several years has been that “music is a service profession.” I first introduced this idea in seed form in a very early post on this blog, and it is part of the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Education, Higher Education, Professional Organizations, Teaching Low Brass

Fall Concerts and Activities Preview

This year we have more low brass students than ever at Ole Miss, and with a correspondingly large number of things going on both for me and for the students this fall, at least toward the end of the semester. … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Anthony Plog, Bass Trombone, David William Brubeck, Education, Euphonium, Frank Gulino, Gordon Jacob, Higher Education, Jacques Casterede, Jonathan Warburton, Micah Everett, Music, Music Education, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Oystein Baadsvik, Performances, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba, Uncategorized

Fifteen Steps to Playing a Better All-State Audition (Repost)

Today I am reposting, for the fifth year, one of the more popular posts on this blog. With high school students are preparing for auditions for all-state groups and similar ensembles around this time of year, posting this article every … Continue reading

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

Summer Activities Preview

It has been my habit to take a break from blogging during the summer and this year will be no different; after this post and another sometime next week I’m going to sign off until mid-August. Having been awarded tenure … Continue reading

Posted in Bass Trombone, Doubling, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Micah Everett, Music, Music and Worship, Performances, Performing, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, The Low Brass Player's Guide to Doubling, TROMBONANZA, Trombone, Tuba, University of Mississippi

Why Private Schools are “Cheaper”

As I mentioned in a recent post offering some tongue-in-cheek remarks on the educational system, my wife and I have enrolled our son in a private Christian school, where she also works as a part-time music teacher. I believe that … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Education, Economics, Education, J. Gresham Machen, Politics, Teachers

“Provisionally Happy”

This past Saturday we had the spring concert of the trombone ensemble and tuba-euphonium ensemble here at the University of Mississippi. As you might imagine, it was both an enjoyable and stressful event for me. These ensembles depend greatly upon … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Education, Francis Schaeffer, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Performances, Teaching Low Brass, Truth, University of Mississippi

Music: The Last Bastion of Sanity in Public Education?

Two caveats before I begin. First, for full disclosure, my son is presently enrolled in a private, Christian school. My wife and I have chosen this for him because we like the curriculum and overall ethos of his school, though like … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing