Category Archives: Music Education

Does the Tongue Start the Note?

Articulation on brass instruments is a relatively simple affair, or at least it ought to be. I frequently admonish the young teachers in my methods classes to teach tonguing to beginning students not by using anatomical explanations of tongue placement, … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Articulation, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

The Utility of Clef Studies for Future Band Directors

The necessity of learning to read proficiently in tenor and alto clefs is a bane to many trombone players at the college and university level. In most countries the sheet music used for initial trombone instruction and performance is written … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Clef Studies, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Music, Music Education, Music Theory, Pedagogy, Performing, Score Reading, Sheet Music, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

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

Tuba Doubling Report

Although I’ve taught applied tuba for twelve of the fifteen years that I have taught applied lessons at the university level, I have only seriously practiced the instrument and become reasonably proficient at performing on it in the past year … Continue reading

Posted in Doubling, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Mouthpieces, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performance Videos, Performances, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, The Low Brass Player's Guide to Doubling, Tuba

“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