Category Archives: Pedagogy

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

Three Areas of Tension that Brass Players Miss

Brass instruments are amazingly simple devices. In their simplest form, these “lip-reed aerophones” as Anthony Baines called them are just tubes into one end of which players vibrate their lips to generate musical tones. The overtone series native to a … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Arnold Jacobs, Bass Trombone, Breathing, Embouchure, Emory Remington, Ergonomics, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

The Boring Part Comes Before the Fun Part

Our society’s obsession with fun is, I fear, one of our most harmful collective traits at the present moment. We see this in the workplace, where positions in challenging yet necessary and well-compensated trades go unfilled. We see this in … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Education, Euphonium, Music, Music Education, Music Theory, Musicology, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Society, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Facebook Groups for Low Brass Players

Today’s installment of my occasional “Gadgets and Gizmos” series highlights not a physical piece of technology or other equipment, but rather a fairly recent forum for the development and exchange of ideas with regard to pedagogy, equipment, repertoire, and other … Continue reading

Posted in "Gadgets and Gizmos", Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Instructional Technology, Low Brass Resources, Music, Online Resources, Pedagogy, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Be a “Do-Nothing” Brass Player

I’m a few days behind where I wanted to be in writing this, but I have been thinking about this topic in earnest since the preparations for my recital a couple of weeks ago. As is usually the case with … Continue reading

Posted in Alessi Seminar, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Embouchure, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Spring Concerts and Activities Preview

Happy New Year! After my usual winter break from blogging I am glad to be back with you again and have a full slate of planned topics to cover here this spring. To begin, though, I’d like to share with … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Brass Quintet, Career Choices, Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Colossians, Doubling, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, NACWPI, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Pedagogy, Performances, Practicing, Repertoire, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, The Gideons International, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, University of Mississippi

Want a Full Sound? Vibrate!

Low brass players necessarily have a great interest in learning to efficiently and effectively move air through their instruments. Tubas and bass and contrabass trombones require that their players generate tremendous airflow in order to produce and sustain a tone, … Continue reading

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