Category Archives: Pedagogy

Be a “Do-Nothing” Brass Player

I’m a few days behind where I wanted to be in writing this, but I have been thinking about this topic in earnest since the preparations for my recital a couple of weeks ago. As is usually the case with … Continue reading

Posted in Alessi Seminar, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Embouchure, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Spring Concerts and Activities Preview

Happy New Year! After my usual winter break from blogging I am glad to be back with you again and have a full slate of planned topics to cover here this spring. To begin, though, I’d like to share with … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Brass Quintet, Career Choices, Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Colossians, Doubling, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, NACWPI, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Pedagogy, Performances, Practicing, Repertoire, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, The Gideons International, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, University of Mississippi

Want a Full Sound? Vibrate!

Low brass players necessarily have a great interest in learning to efficiently and effectively move air through their instruments. Tubas and bass and contrabass trombones require that their players generate tremendous airflow in order to produce and sustain a tone, … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Breathing, Daily Routine, Embouchure, Euphonium, Mouthpiece Buzzing, Mouthpieces, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Rhythm is More Important Than Pitch (but Don’t Miss Pitches, Either)

Auditions for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band are coming up in just a couple of weeks, so in addition to our regular work on fundamentals, scales, and etudes, sight-reading is presently a major component of my high school students’ lessons. … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Auditions, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

The “Problem Solver” Approach to Music Execution

Regular readers here know that performance anxiety is a topic which I have addressed on several occasions in the past five years, both because I am an occasional sufferer and more importantly because I regularly encounter students who deal with … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Every Piece of Music is a “Song”

The advent of iTunes, Amazon music, Spotify, Pandora, and all the other legal means of purchasing, streaming, and distributing music and other media electronically has been a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it has never been easier for artists … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Beauty, Breathing, Digital Revolution, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, NACWPI, Pedagogy, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Recordings, Stepping Stones for Bass Trombone, Vol. 1, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

It’s Okay to “Go Through the Motions”

Several times in the past few weeks when I have asked students how they could have improved their performances of various playing assignments I have heard responses something like “Well, I could have put more emotion into it.” To be … Continue reading

Posted in Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Christian Worldview, Lord's Day, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Theology, Worship