“When I think about jazz music, I think about the millions of musicians who were involved in this before me, who were great musicians and great educators… but they were not documented. And for me in my life, it’s been important to be a part of the documentation of jazz.” – Victor Goines, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
School is back in session, and as teachers we all know that means stocking up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and tissues, and scheduling the annual flu shot. While these are all very important, there are several other areas that all teachers – but in particular music teachers – need to be concerned about: our voices and our hearing.
Concert season is right around the corner and, chances are, you have been preparing for it since your last concert ended. You spent the summer looking at repertoire and the fall teaching it to your students. Now, it is time to prepare for the big night. At Pepper, we pride ourselves on helping our customers in any way we can. With that in mind, we have compiled three blogs aimed at helping you with your final concert preparations.
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.
In this installment of Capturing Your Concert: Simple Tips for Recording, we are going take a look at handheld recorders which are designed specifically for recording audio. This blog picks up where the last installment left off, so if you aren’t sure what we’re talking about, I would recommend that you take a few moments and check out the previous installment here.
Have you ever found yourself at the end of a performance wishing you had made a recording of it? Sometimes you hear the audio someone in the audience captured on their smartphone and it’s not bad, but it’s a bit of a letdown sonically.
Any director, music teacher, or private instructor can tell you that it is impossible to get everything done during rehearsal time. Especially with larger groups, picking up on every small mistake or weakness is far too tall an order. Once that short rehearsal time is over, you are left wracking your brain trying to remember every important point your group needs to practice. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.
How many singers and/or singing groups actually take time to practice microphone technique? www.vocalist.org.uk offers some great tips and advice for performers who want to get the most out of their sound.
Microphone placement? I just put the mics in front of the performers and everything seems fine. What more do I need to know? Well, as outlined in the book How Recording Works from the Recording Institute of Detroit, there are a few things you should pay attention to:
An important part of choosing the right microphone is considering its directionality, or pick-up pattern. Have you ever noticed when singing or speaking into the side of a mic, rather than the front, your volume will often decrease? That is because the front of that microphone has more pick-up capabilities than the side.