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Advice to Budding Composers

By Steven Rosenhaus / June 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

I received an e-mail from a composition student yesterday, one who received an A-minus. The student, who did not question the grade, asked what could be done to improve. I should say the student is intelligent, musical, and as creative as the student’s current level of knowledge allows. Here is my response: Dear [Student]: There…

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Purple Mountain Heather

By Michael J. Miller / May 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

COMING SOON from Excelcia Music Publishing Folk music has long been a source of inspiration for composers. Many melodies of more than several hundred years of age have survived in part due to their incorporation in modern music, and also because they are tuneful and memorable. Much of my music for band thus far has been…

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Marches: Rehearsal Techniques and Performance Practices for Percussion

By Gene Milford / March 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

The percussion section of an ensemble can add or detract from the performance of a march in concert. The conductor needs to have a concept of the sounds expected from each percussion instrument and be able to assist the performers to achieve that tone quality. Directors should not be willing to accept whatever happens in…

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So You Want to Be a Published Composer?

By Larry Clark / March 6, 2019 / Comments Off on So You Want to Be a Published Composer?

Are you interested in being a published composer for school band and orchestra? Let me start out by dispelling a myth right now. Getting music published does not equal getting rich! There are very few composers that I have ever known that can make a solid living just on getting music published for school bands…

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Marches: Rehearsal Techniques and Performance Practices

By Gene Milford / February 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Marches Nothing in the band world is more inspiring, thrilling, and musically satisfying to band audiences than a stirring march, when performed by a superb band under the direction of vital, inspired leadership. Select marches carefully, rehearse them thoroughly, and perform them with life, vitality and observe your audience reaction. -William D. Revelli The University…

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Alpine Memories

By Michael J. Miller / February 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

COMING SOON from Excelcia Music Publishing: ALPINE MEMORIES is a fantasy on traditional folksongs from the alpine region of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A grade 3 piece for band, it was premiered in January of 2018 by the 9th and 10th-grade Hillsborough all-county band in Tampa, FL. The premiere performance was conducted by my longtime friend, Dr.…

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Larry’s Top 10 Arranging Tips

By Larry Clark / February 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Larry’s Top 10 Arranging Tips

Whether you want to learn how to arrange for your ensemble or just want to improve your arranging skills, here are my top 10 arranging tips and tricks arranging. Of course, these can and should be considered when composing your own music as well.  All good arranging, in my opinion, is based upon the overtone…

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How Do You Select Quality Music?

By Larry Clark / January 16, 2019 / Comments Off on How Do You Select Quality Music?

The beauty of music is that there is something for everyone. What one person thinks is the greatest piece ever written could be the most annoying piece for someone else. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that axiom is never more apparent than in the selection of literature for…

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Selecting Beginning Band Literature: Programming Music from A Beginner’s Point of View

By Chris Ferguson / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Selecting Beginning Band Literature: Programming Music from A Beginner’s Point of View

It’s the end of the year. I ask my beginners which piece was their favorite. I hope they name the piece that was the most challenging. I expect them to name the “Pops” piece or the piece that was “fast and loud”. Instead, many choose one of the easier pieces from earlier in the year. I am surprised and ask, “why?” Their responses…

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No questions, please: How to manage student expectations five minutes before rehearsal

By Peter Sciaino / November 14, 2018 / Comments Off on No questions, please: How to manage student expectations five minutes before rehearsal

I don’t need to write about the importance of every minute of rehearsal time. You know this. The fact that you are reading this post suggests that you are well past that stage in developing outstanding educational practices. However, if you regularly find yourself starting rehearsal with a French horn in your hands that needs…

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Advice to Budding Composers

By Steven Rosenhaus

I received an e-mail from a composition student yesterday, one who received an A-minus.…

Purple Mountain Heather

By Michael J. Miller

COMING SOON from Excelcia Music Publishing Folk music has long been a source of inspiration…

Marches: Rehearsal Techniques and Performance Practices for Percussion

By Gene Milford

The percussion section of an ensemble can add or detract from the performance of…

So You Want to Be a Published Composer?

By Larry Clark

Are you interested in being a published composer for school band and orchestra? Let…

Marches: Rehearsal Techniques and Performance Practices

By Gene Milford

Marches Nothing in the band world is more inspiring, thrilling, and musically satisfying to…

Alpine Memories

By Michael J. Miller

COMING SOON from Excelcia Music Publishing: ALPINE MEMORIES is a fantasy on traditional folksongs from…

Larry’s Top 10 Arranging Tips

By Larry Clark

Whether you want to learn how to arrange for your ensemble or just want…

How Do You Select Quality Music?

By Larry Clark

The beauty of music is that there is something for everyone. What one person…

Selecting Beginning Band Literature: Programming Music from A Beginner’s Point of View

By Chris Ferguson

It’s the end of the year. I ask my beginners which piece was their…

No questions, please: How to manage student expectations five minutes before rehearsal

By Peter Sciaino

I don’t need to write about the importance of every minute of rehearsal time.…

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