This is the continuation of a handout "Learning to Play the Flute in Tune" by Mrs. Barbara Lambrecht. Be sure you read Part 1 here - Reasons for flute tuning problems and general ways to approach improving flute tuning. Here are some suggestions to help you correct tuning problems. Volume ... Read More about Learning to Play the Flute in Tune (Part 2)
This is Part 1 of a handout "Learning to Play the Flute in Tune" by Mrs. Barbara Lambrecht. Part 2 is posted here. Inexperienced flutists should learn the basic elements of good individual and group intonation as soon as they can play a centered tone. In the beginning stages of playing the ... Read More about Learning to Play the Flute in Tune (Part 1)
(This post was written from the private lesson point of view. However, I was also a band director for years and my this post is from the band director point of view about how to get more out of your private lesson teachers.) 1. Hire the right people. Make your selection process as extensive as ... Read More about 8 Ways To Retain Great Private Lesson Teachers
The Crayon Analogy (for Band) Tell your ensemble this story if they are overblowing, not blending or not playing within the band sound... Have you ever seen a two year old with a crayon? They take that crayon and grip it as tight as they can and press down as hard as possible on the paper and ... Read More about The Crayon Analogy (for Band)
After working with students in low socioeconomic schools for 16 years, I have found that the label “low-SES” is very misleading. This really doesn’t tell us anything about the students. Here are the more helpful questions: What is their family background? What are living arrangements ... Read More about So I Teach at a Low SES School…Language and Delivery.
The Pre-Contest Syndrome Have you noticed the following strange behavior from your band director lately? 1. Repeating things 2 or 3 times. 2. Repeating things 2 or 3 times. 3. Repeating things 2 or 3 times. 4. Pacing back and forth when not in the sitting position. 5. Calling 2 extra ... Read More about “The Pre-Contest Syndrome”