Category Archives: Teaching Low Brass

“The Great Equalizer”

The present sociopolitical milieu on many college and university campuses seems to present an unwelcoming environment for conservatives, whether of the religious, social, or economic varieties. News headlines speak of violent protests followed by disinvitations of conservative speakers from campus … Continue reading

Posted in Higher Education, Music, Political Systems, Politics, Society, Teaching Low Brass

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

Fundamentals, not Feelings

Well, Ole Miss’s football season, which began with such high expectations, ended 5-7 tonight (2-6 SEC) after not only a loss but a blowout at the hands of in-state rival Mississippi State (5-7 overall, 3-5 SEC). While a coaching shakeup is … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Athletics, Music, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

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

Want to Understand Brass Instruments? Understand the Overtone Series!

The overtone series is an acoustic principle that is sometimes cursorily discussed in music theory and other music courses, but is often poorly understood even by musicians. The “short, short version” is that the pitch sounding when, say, an open … Continue reading

Posted in Doubling, Music, Music Theory, Overtone Series, Pedagogy, Performing, Teaching Low Brass, The Low Brass Player's Guide to Doubling

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