Archive for the ‘Musicians’ Category

A Pragmatic Source For Music Educators

As a purveyor of musical news and thought, I feel compelled to share with you a wonderful periodical called THE INSTRUMENTALIST.
Most band directors are familiar with this magazine, but it also has much to offer music educators of all types, as well as many of us who have various
connections with music and musical interests. As an example, here are brief descriptions of some of the topics taken from the current February issue:
1. a middle school band director shares his approaches and methods that generate great success with 350 6th,7th, and 8th grade band students.
2. a second director (different school) who is director of bands,and is the performing arts department chair; outlines her development of organizational
tools that have resulted in wonderful growth and success with the band, orchestra, and choir. Among the tools used are Google Forms and Sheets;
Sign-Up Genius, and Mail Merge.
3. The Instrumentalist reviews newly published music.
4. Supports an Award Program for students in all of the musical disciplines
5. Publishes pertinent information for students (and teachers) desiring summer music camp for all disciplines
6. “How To” articles prepared by a wide variety of musical artists.
7. Industry News fmahoney

Musicians Gravitate To …. Musicians!

Being humans, we naturally associate with others who have similar interests and tendencies. I have observed that this trait seems to be more prominent than is the case with many other interest groups. As I have no expert formalized proficiency in Sociology, I will acknowledge that (hopefully), I do have enough logic that I can accept that belief about music, and it’s often described “universal” language, as part of what is going on here.

Music does not require words to evoke emotions, though words can certainly add to the emotional stimulation!
Life-long and practical unions have certainly been observed by many.

For those of you who regard music as an integral part of life, this combination may offer a doubling of two of life’s very important components.

Or maybe it’s just the approaching of Valentine’s Day.

Musical Mentors Work: But You and the Mentor must agree on each of your roles.

In addition to the qualifications of your potential mentor, he or she should be acquainted with your capabilities, and be prepared to suggest and encourage you at every opportunity. She should be someone you respect and admire, who will lead you by her example. Hopefully, she will be a confidante and friend you can rely on when problems arise.
You, in-turn will also be forthright and honest with her. Keep in mind that she will be your teacher, advocate, and friend; she perhaps may become a true lifelong friend.
A relationship of this magnitude should be considered very seriously. As such, This is the essence of the mentor concept.

More Brass Wisdom From A Master

The legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth, Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony (for fifty-two years), advocated to his students that their practice regimen include equal amounts of rest to match the length of the planned rehearsal. This practice resulted in the student measuring what actually took place, as opposed to “how long”was spent in the practice room.

This also resulted in more success, with less muscular fatigue. This process was used by Herseth for many years himself. He coupled this procedure with his concept of practicing as diligently as though he was performing Mahler in Symphony Hall. His mind-over matter approach served him well over his long and very successful career, as the premier symphonic trumpeter of his time.


Musical Opportunities Abound!

Musical interests lead to new, and usually pleasant relationships! Musicians tend to be bright,curious, and high achievers. If you are a young person, just beginning your musical journey, you will have great opportunities ahead, and many interesting people to help you along the way!

If you are at the other end of the age spectrum, you also have opportunities awaiting. There are musical ensembles all around our country that are growing bands and choruses  for our Senior citizens (50+) who are now filling the rosters of this growing organization called New Horizon Bands and Choruses.  Look them up in your community.

If you do not have a New Horizon Band, send us your name to provide you the address of your closest one.