As the calendar turns to August, we begin to hear the words “back to school,” much to the chagrin of many students. This is a chance, however, for students to explore participation in their schools’ music programs, be it by playing an instrument in the band or orchestra, or by singing in the choir. MakingMusicMag.com […]
What do the world’s most prominent oboists have to say about their musical ideas, performance techniques, and teaching strategies? Authors Michele L. Fiala and Martin Schuring, themselves skilled oboists, undertook the project of asking 26 of them about their musicianship and pedagogy. The results are collected in Great Oboists on Music and Musicianship, which provides […]
This collection of Baroque music for clarinet by Dr. Norman Heim is arranged for the intermediate level clarinetist with the piano part being of equal skill level. The music is taken from keyboard, song, and chamber music sources and represents quality Baroque styles circa 1625-1775. Composers include Johann S. Bach, Jean P. Rameau, Alessandro Scarlatti, […]
Creative Recipes for a Successful Performance This valuable collection of quick-to-read yet deeply insightful strategies is like finding expert trade secrets all placed in one convenient source. Contributors to The Woodwind Player’s Cookbook were even eager to get a look at each other’s ideas! With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership […]
Some students choose to rent their instruments and some choose to purchase, but every parent of a woodwind player faces the question: What reeds do I have to buy?
In this month’s video, Dr. Randy Kertz discusses better health practices for musicians who play brass and woodwind instruments, specifically, posture. Posture plays a large part in effective breathing techniques, which affects stamina, tone, and playability. In short, if your posture is lousy, your breathing is not as effective. Dr. Kertz’s monthly column addresses how […]