Category Archives: Pedagogy

Essential Concepts in Brass Playing 1: Begin with Sound Concept

Today’s post is the first in a series of short articles I have planned for the summer entitled “Essential Concepts in Brass Playing.” I’ve always considered myself to be a primarily “nuts and bolts” kind of brass teacher, and since … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Arnold Jacobs, Bass Trombone, Essential Concepts in Brass Playing, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, 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

My First ITEC…Not Really…but Kind Of

As was the case with my previous post, I’m writing this morning from a hotel room near Iowa City, where I am still attending the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference at the University of Iowa with my students. The University of Mississippi … Continue reading

Posted in Conferences, Euphonium, International Trombone Festival, International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Oystein Baadsvik, Pedagogy, Performances, Teaching Low Brass, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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

Jaw Pain While Playing? Check Your Corners!

My first diagnosed issues with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD, sometimes called TMJ) occurred in 2007. Anyone who has experienced this knows that determining the cause of this pain and tightness is difficult, as is treating it. For whatever reason, TMJ issues … Continue reading

Posted in American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Equilibration Society, Dentistry, Embouchure, International Academy of Gnathology, Pedagogy, Teaching Low Brass, Temporomandibular Dysfunction

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