Monthly Archives: August 2012

Why Your Degree Title is Wrong

Students in colleges today put so much emphasis on their degree titles, on their specialty. Now, I firmly believe that to be great at what you do (and I believe anything less than great isn’t worth doing), you do have to specialize, in a sense. But I have a serious problem with the structure degree […]

Drop the Needle / Telemann Canonic Sonata

Here’s a little something I’ve been playing around with: Telemann’s Canonic Sonata No. 1, movement 3. A duet, both parts played by me. Many thanks to Mike Forbes for doing these transcriptions. Available on the Tuba-Euphonium Press website.

Sightreading Sundays / Aug. 26

This week is back to basics. Simple rhythms and all in the diatonic key. This should help younger students especially to feel more comfortable playing different “chunks” of a scale (not always starting on the tonic note).   Download the Sightreading Sundays PDFs here.

The Art of Being a Music Major

In honor of everyone going back to school, here are some things you’ll wish you’d done after you graduate: Go to more recitals. Drink less. Study more.  Practice way more. Pay attention in your core curriculum classes. Throw yourself completely into music. Realize how lucky you are to be a music major in college. Think about […]

Today in Music / August 20

On this day in 1882, the world heard the first performance of Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture, in Moscow. It was commissioned by Tsar Alexander II for performance at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The music is a retelling of the invasion of Napoleon’s French Allied Army into Russia. The Overture’s score calls for the firing of […]

What Music Looks Like / A Cellist. And Cows.

This  certainly demonstrates the power of music, no? A cellist plays and a group of cows walks across the field to get closer, to listen.   And it’s not just classical—cows like jazz too. Some scientists suggest that music boosts the milk output of dairy cows. We certainly know it boosts the output of students. […]

What Others Say / Miles Davis

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself. —Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer