Category Archives: 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

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

Complete Performance Recordings: Doubling Recital at the University of South Carolina

This past Tuesday a long-planned collaboration with Dr. Michael Wilkinson, trombone professor at the University of South Carolina, finally came into existence—at least, outside of our imaginations. Dr. Wilkinson and I were assigned as roommates while attending the Alessi Seminar … Continue reading

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Spring-Summer 2019 Concerts and Activities Preview

Midterm exams at Ole Miss are next week, so I suppose it’s a bit late to be writing a post about spring activities. Indeed, we’ve already had a few goings on in the low brass studio, including a trombone ensemble … Continue reading

Posted in Alessi Seminar, Alto Trombone, Baseball, Bass Trombone, ClarinetFest, David Herring, Doubling, Euphonium, International Trombone Festival, International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Ludwig van Beethoven, Micah Everett, Michael Brand, Michael Rowlett, Michael Wilkinson, Music, Paul Hindemith, Performances, Performing, Randy Dale, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba, University of Mississippi

“I Don’t Like That Answer”

As I mentioned in a recent post, I have lost over sixty pounds in the past eight months or so. While I’ve enjoyed the positive comments that I’ve received from others about my appearance, I am even more thankful for … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Music, Physical Fitness, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

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

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