Choosing the right accessories for your ensemble can be tricky, especially on a budget. Some accessories can greatly affect the overall sound and efficacy of an ensemble. As a teacher, anything you provide that helps your ensemble sound more mature will give them a leg up when it comes to performances and festivals. Using the right products is also important for instrument care and can help keep your instruments in tip-top shape all year round.
For some, the end of the school year means it’s time to prepare for final exams and start planning summer vacations. But for high school and college band directors, the end of the school year means it’s time to start finding music for the fall sports season.
Every spring, orchestra teachers anticipate getting next year’s rosters. They give a good indication of the instrumentation they’ll be working with in the coming fall when school begins.
You have decided on the trip, made all the preparations, and your students and parent groups have been hard at work raising the funds to ensure that every student can participate. Now it is time to choose the repertoire that you will be presenting.
Look around your music room. Is anything missing? If your students are sitting cross-legged on the floor amidst piles of music, there might be some things you need. Even if they’re not, every music room needs furniture items like chairs, music cabinets, podiums and more.
To give you a leg up this year, we have compiled a list of ten great accessories that you may not even know we have. Take a look and check some items off your gift list!
When it comes to printed classics, Bärenreiter is at the forefront of the music world. Take a moment to watch and enjoy this video on their newest Urtext editions of classic works. Urtext editions are pieces printed to best represent the intentions of the composer. Bärenreiter’s new Urtext editions give musicians the chance to play music they love exactly as it was meant to be played.
Mele Kalikimaka, ladies and gentlemen! It’s getting colder outside and that means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. A lot of things go along with Christmas: lights, snow, trees, Jesus. And now, Christmas means ukulele songs. Of course, the ukulele has a place the whole year round, but the cheery little instrument just seems perfectly matched for the holidays.
With the end of the liturgical year approaching, so too is the oft misunderstood Feast of Christ the King. Many Christian faiths celebrate this feast, including Catholics, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Methodists, but the origin and reasoning behind the celebration is not always well known among the congregations.
Despite the fiscal challenges classical music faces in today’s changing musical landscape, I’m very grateful for the few remaining radio stations dedicated to classical and jazz. I set the tone for my day by listening to our local gem of the airways on my way to work.