Category Archives: Trombone

“It Matters to This One:” Why I Still Teach Music

My twenty-first year teaching low brass at the university level is beginning in a challenging and fractious moment for our society in general and for higher education in particular. After the COVID-19 event appeared to be petering out over the … Continue reading

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“Fast Notes:” A Problem in Low Brass Instruction

My son, who is now eleven, began taking violin lessons at age six. While he has occasionally had the opportunity to perform in small ensembles of some kind, his musical experience thus far has consisted primarily of working alone on … Continue reading

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The Care and Feeding of Low Brass Players

As a university low brass instructor, I have a vested interest in seeing thriving low brass players in the school music programs around me. While I want to see and hear great playing in schools simply because I want school … Continue reading

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New Performance Recording: Larsson Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra

The past year has been frustrating in many ways, with multiple restrictions, adjustments, and cancellations occurring due to the COVID-19 event. Like many people, it seems that I have been doing twice as much work to get half as much … Continue reading

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Right Treatment Requires Right Diagnosis, Part 2

I did not plan initially for this post to become a “two-parter,” but as I have continued to reflect on this topic and to work with students on certain issues, I have decided that an additional perspective is needed. Stated … Continue reading

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