Category Archives: Repertoire

Four Considerations for Music Majors Transferring from Community Colleges

One peculiar aspect of teaching music at a university in Mississippi is that a large number of our students transfer here after spending one or two years (or more) at a community college. While the presence of community colleges and … Continue reading

Posted in Auditions, Community Colleges, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music Theory, Practicing, Repertoire, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass, Uncategorized

The Old Man at the Music Store was Right!

Although this habit seemed mundane to me at the time, one of the greatest boons to my musical development as a teenager was driving to the nearby music stores and looking through the available sheet music. Back then Mississippi was … Continue reading

Posted in Jean-Baptiste Arban, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Repertoire, Teaching Low Brass

Spring Concerts and Activities Preview

This post is a bit late in coming, I suppose (particularly since one of the events I will mention has already passed), but I think it is a good practice to use an occasional blog post to mention some important … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Conferences, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Performances, Professional Organizations, Repertoire, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles

Preparing for College and University Auditions

One of the first articles posted on this blog back in 2012 was a list of Fifteen Steps to Playing a Better All-State Audition. That piece was so popular and, I believe, so important that I have reposted it yearly … Continue reading

Posted in Auditions, Bass Trombone, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Recordings, Repertoire, 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

Trombone Ensembles versus Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles: Similarities and Differences

One of the great joys—and challenges—of my work at the University of Mississippi and in nearly all of my previous teaching positions is that I teach applied lessons on all of the low brass instruments (trombone, euphonium, and tuba). While … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Doubling, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Repertoire, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles

Making Good Use of the Summer Months: Some Suggestions for Brass Players

Today is the last day of regular classes for the semester at Ole Miss. I am looking forward to moving to my usual summer schedule, with less time spent teaching and more time spent on my own reading, writing, practicing, … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Low Brass Resources, Method Books, Music, Practicing, Repertoire, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba