Tag Archives: Music Education

Five Truths of Being a Musician #5

For the last month we’ve been discussing the truths of the musical life. They are … • Most people simply will not “get it.” • They don’t want to hear that new piece you’re working on. • Sometimes you will (and should) turn down a gig. • You may realize this job is not for […]

Sightreading Sundays

Okay, admittedly, I kinda took the easy way out. I didn’t compose a new piece for this week. But I did transcribe/arrange the melody from Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1, the “Andante Cantabile.” It has many challenging aspects to it, not least of which is the overall range of the melody, and some unusual intervals […]

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 […]

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.

Sightreading Sundays / Minor 2nds

Sorry for the lateness of this post today. Just got back from Indianapolis and the DCI World Championships. It was a great time, but now I’m back in the swing of things. Todays sight-reading focuses on the interval of a minor second, in a waltz feel. It is a basic range with only a few […]

Sightreading Sundays

Something short and sweet for you and/or your students to sightread. Check back every Sunday. Feel free to pass these around. Download Sightreading Sundays music here!

Sound Bites / Staccato

Seen on Twitter (@HitzTuba): “Staccato does not mean short.” Right. With my students, I refer to staccato as detached instead.

The Pursuit of a Life in Music

Welcome to Long Tones. Glad you’re here! This blog is primarily intended for people like me—either “young professional” musicians, or those of you who are still in college. Maybe you graduated not long ago, or you soon will. You want to “make it,” to live the dream of being a professional musician. There’s just one […]