Category Archives: Music

“A Well-Regulated or Orderly Church Music…”

I have heard that the price of becoming a thinking adult is the need to deal with all of the paradoxes and inconsistencies that life presents, the cognitive dissonance that is inevitably present as we flawed and fallen humans do … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Denominations, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Johann Sebastian Bach, Lord's Day, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Theology, Truth, Worship

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

On the Importance of “Faithful Plodding”

I am always moved by stories of pastors with long tenures in small congregations. In a time when “celebrity pastor” is a term that makes sense and so many build careers by moving to increasingly larger churches every 2-3 years, … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine of Vocation, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Music and Theology, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Prayer, Preaching, Salvation, Teachers, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Theology, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles

“Captain Obvious:” How Water Keys Work

Allow me to interrupt your holiday recuperations or Black Friday shopping for just a moment to address a pet peeve of mine. I titled this little piece “Captain Obvious,” but given the prevalence of this misunderstanding among my students and … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Euphonium Maintenance, Music, Performing, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Cleaning, Trombone Maintenance, Tuba, Tuba Maintenance, Water Key

On Exercise Equipment and Musical Development

The phenomenon of unused home exercise equipment is so pervasive in our society that it has become something of a trope. With the holiday season fast approaching, many families will soon see this in action once again. Typically, a person … Continue reading

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

End the Tyranny of the Green Smiley Face!

As I feared might happen, the absolute busy-ness of my schedule this fall has prevented me from consistently writing here on a weekly basis. When I first started writing a weekly blog in 2012, I was teaching about twenty hours … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Music Education, Music Theory, Pedagogy, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teachers, Teaching Low Brass, TonalEnergy, W. Francis McBeth

Discovering Similarities between Music Practice and Sports Practice

Any parent will tell you that the experience of raising a child or children is an adventure, one in which parents often find themselves improvising, trying to do the best they can for their children but not always sure of … Continue reading

Posted in Baseball, Music, Parenting, Pedagogy, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Sports, Teaching Low Brass