Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend two local concerts: Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Jazz at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre and a matinee Atlanta Symphony performance at the Woodruff Arts Center. While I’d like to offer a few musical observations on both concerts, it seems this would be an appropriate setting to discuss how modern orchestras are changing… Read more →
In the midst of difficult and tense labor negotiations at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Hepner, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center (the ASO’s parent organization), proceeded to state during a radio interview that “It’s up to anyone to decide what’s world-class and what an orchestra should be.” As a curious music student, I realized I need to… Read more →
As a chamber musician, I have a particular interest in how to deliver music, regardless of the genre, to all people. Teenagers may go to thrilling modern pop acts while older individuals may go to extraordinary orchestra concerts. Others may not participate in live music at all. In all cases, there is a huge amount of material escaping the ears… Read more →
I have been very blessed to have so many talented people in my life. Two years ago, I met four fellow music students at the Kennesaw State University School of Music and we soon found we had similar interests in performing music, no matter what style, setting, or place. Music is a gift, and the five of us shared our… Read more →
We’ve all heard a huge amount of technical lingo throughout our school and professional lives, but I often question how useful much of it is. This video demonstrates many parts of brass playing: use of the tongue for articulation and range, position of the mouthpiece, width between the teeth, and probably three dozen other facets of the horn and trumpet you can read about.
Notice, now, how much we can learn just by watching this creative demo– WITHOUT words. Hopefully, we’re EXPERIENCING left brain meeting right brain. Music achieved as an experience and not an action.
Next time while practicing or teaching, consider how much you can teach without saying a word.