Archive | May, 2011
Ear training games for students
By Steve Myers Theta Music Technologies has unveiled a series of new online games to help music students hone their skills. Two of the new games, Dango Brothers and Speed Pitch, are designed to help [...]

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Artist profile: Greg Spence, Oz Trumpeter!
Meet outstanding Aussie trumpeter, Greg Spence! We will be featuring some of his excellent teaching materials, and playing in the coming weeks, but for now, let’s welcome another great player’s contribution to BM! Over to [...]

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Boobs and brass
By Margaret Betts and Jane Nichols In 2006, two friends – Jane and Margaret – who both play the cornet in a brass band, sat talking over a cup of tea when Jane revealed it [...]

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Thoughts on “The State of American Orchestras” and What We Can Do About It
This was originally drafted as a comment on Raquel’s fantastic article titled “The State of American Orchestras”, though its length quickly lent itself to a response post. Please read Raquel’s article here and comment on [...]

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The State of American Orchestras: A Case Study in Syracuse
I’ve been reading articles, blogs and points of view from pundits, board members and administrators on the state of American orchestras. Not because it’s fun and exciting reading material, but because American orchestras seem to [...]

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Brass Bands and Musicians at New Orleans JazzFest 2011
Last week I took my first journey to one of the most exciting places I’ve been. New Orleans, LA, often called “The Birthplace of Jazz” or “The Big Easy” is still a brewing pot of [...]

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James Watson Tribute Concert
The James Watson Fund has been fund raising since James’ passing in February of this year. The fund is for young brass players who may not be able to afford certain areas of their studies [...]

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Time to look at jazz with a fresh pair of eyes: Part 2
6. The controversial bit! Clearly there are a large number of very, very talented Jazz musicians out there today, releasing innovative albums, doing gigs, making money and making their fans very happy. I love listening [...]

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Time to look at jazz with a fresh pair of eyes: Part 1
1. The facts of life! As a Project Manager I’ve always found that the best way to get a proper view of what state a project is in, is by getting a fresh pair of [...]

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Carol Jarvis – Interview
Carol Jarvis – Introduction: What is your name? Carol Jarvis How old are you? 33 Where do you live? Good question! I have a house near London and a house in Cheshire… both! Carol Jarvis [...]

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