Rehearsal with your ensemble with a plan in mind

Each rehearsal provides an opportunity for your ensemble to improve. To make rehearsal more effect, each activity must have a purpose. Rehearsal. They can be the highlight of our day or leave us dreading the next day. It is the time which we get to do what we love the most: teach music. However, with …

Saturday Sounds: ‘One Life Beautiful’ by Julie Giroux

A snowy Saturday is ripe for a cup of coffee and some good music. On the listening list today is Julie Giroux One Life Beautiful. Saturdays in winter require only a few things: kids that sleep in a bit, a cup of coffee and good music. Of course, my kids don’t know the meaning of sleeping in, …

One change leads to more expressive conducting

Old habits die hard, but one slight change in conducting position can make a huge difference. I will be honest: there are several things I could adjust in my conducting technique. Before I spent time working on the ways I moved my arms while in front of an ensemble, I thought my performance was adequate. …

Center of the wheel

Balance is a hard concept to achieve in many activities in which we participate, yet is one of the most important. A car that has unbalanced tires will shake while traveling down the interstate. If untreated, this will lead to greater tire wear and reduced fuel economy, costing more time and money. If there is …