Tag Archives: Music

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Commissioning Project: Build Your Own Repertoire

Just over a year ago, when PCB was still just a gleam in my eye, I had an idea. It stemmed from my desire to really advance the brass quintet in its micro-genre and in the macro-genre of chamber music. What I noticed about other groups in the chamber music world was that composers were […]

What Others Say / Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. —Victor Hugo, French poet and novelist

What Music Looks Like / African Suite

Heard this on NPR the other day and found it enchanting. Andrew York’s Mbira (from the African Suite) played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

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!

Today in Music / J.S. Bach

On this day in 1750, Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach died in Leipzig, Germany, at age 65. He enriched our world beyond words.

Sound Bites / Air Movement

Move the air at the proper velocity immediately to avoid “scooping” the notes. The band camp season has officially begun for me, so I’m finding myself saying little statements like this all the time.