Category Archives: Music Education

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

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

Revisiting the Word “Euphonium”

In a tongue-in-cheek article posted here a few years ago I confessed to a certain dissatisfaction with the word “euphonium.” While that is the correct term for the large, conical-bored, valved brass instrument with a fundamental pitch of B-flat1, I … Continue reading

Posted in Baritone Horn, Euphonium, Mouthpieces, Music, Music Education, Musical Instrument Manufacturers, Nomenclature, Pedagogy, Teaching Low Brass

Toward a More “Evolved” Right Hand Position on Trombone

Despite its many benefits for intonation, elegance (in accomplished hands, at least), and vaudeville effects, the trombone’s handslide presents technical difficulties for young players unlike those encountered by players of other wind instruments. While hard work is required to master … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Contrabass Trombone, Marc Dickman, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone

Want to Succeed? Try Doing What the Teacher Says!

This fall I will begin my nineteenth year teaching applied low brass lessons at the university level. Having begun as a wide-eyed twenty-two-year-old graduate assistant, I was in those early years eager to embark on my teaching career, terrified of … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

The “Other” IT Crowd

My wife and I watch very little television. We have not had a cable subscription in over ten years, and though we subscribed for a while to one of the newer streaming services which resemble the “basic cable” plans of … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Music Education, Television, The IT Crowd, Work and Leisure

Because It’s Pretty…Or, The Downside of Musical Competition

Although it is extremely “nerdy” of me to say so, one of my treasured possessions is this framed collection of medals earned during my time as a student in the Pearl Public Schools band program. The awarding of medals for … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Christian Worldview, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Work and Leisure

The Best Breathing Exercise in the World

Regular readers might have noticed that I have not published here with the usual frequency in the past few months. Part of the reason for this is having a much larger teaching studio this year than has normally been the … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Breathing, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing, Physical Fitness, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba, University of Mississippi