Category Archives: Teachers

There Are Technical Challenges…and Then There Are Processing Challenges

My son, who will turn eleven in a few days, has been playing violin for four years. While his sight reading ability remains well behind his overall technique, over the past year or so he has begun working through what … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Music, Music Education, Orchestration, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Teachers, Teaching Low Brass, Trombone, Tuba

Figure it Out!

Today marks the end of the strangest semester in my 23 years in academia (four as a student, four as both student and teacher simultaneously, and fifteen as a tenure-track or tenured faculty member). Having been forced into distance education … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Audio Interfaces, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Contrabass Trombone, COVID-19, Digital Revolution, Distance Education, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Microphones, Mixing Boards, Music, Music Education, North Carolina Trombone Festival, Pedagogy, Quarantine, Randy Kohlenberg, Teachers, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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

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

Artistry is Not the Enemy of Practicality!

Members of the music teaching profession, like any other profession, can be categorized in a number of ways. For example, in most music departments at the tertiary level there are applied faculty members who are specialists in particular areas of … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing, Teachers, Teaching Low Brass