June 14, 2017

Derek Fenstermacher is Principal Tuba of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as well as the Albany Symphony. He currently teaches at Bard College, Montclaire State University, and Kean University.

What is your favorite thing about playing the tuba? 

"Too many to mention,...

March 24, 2017

How making two small commitments to yourself can maximize your time and accelerate growth.

If you’re anything like me, practicing during a busy semester can be overwhelming. At any given moment you’re responsible for learning solo repertoire, pieces for ensembles, and e...

May 20, 2016


Schools out, now what?


Despite [some of] our best efforts to remain in college as long as possible, we must all ultimately face the dilemma of what to do with ourselves upon graduation.  In the world of normal professions, this generates a fairly simple set of solutio...

May 13, 2016


The very first decision we must make as music students is that of where to go for your undergraduate education.  As this topic was already covered by Dakota Corbliss so we will skip right to the next step:


the end of undergraduate life.


Everyone goes through their own...

March 18, 2016

If you are reading this article, music is a high priority in your life and performing may even be your favorite thing to do. Although I believe that mastering the craft of music-making is a worthwhile way to spend one’s time, I sincerely hope that there is more to your...

March 11, 2016

As a professional brass player, you should get whatever mouthpiece your teacher/friend/idol uses and then just focus on getting better at the instrument.  The mouthpiece doesn't really matter, only your hard work. If you switch, you will go back two steps and ultimatel...

February 26, 2016





It might be simple, but simple things aren’t always easy.








All through middle school, high school, and college, my teachers would tell me, “Hear it before you play it.” Simple enough, right? To play the right note or play with good tone, “I only had to hear it...

February 19, 2016

As musicians we are constantly judging and evaluating our progress based on a variety of benchmarks. Whether we are learning a new solo, increasing our range, or trying to speed up our triple tonguing, we often lose sight of the most important and fundamental issue….ou...

February 15, 2016

#MotivationMonday is where we share awesome musicians doing crazy awesome things in the hopes of motivating us all to work just a little bit harder each week. 

This week's #MM features the Corey Band, "officially the world's number one brass band," a rank it has ma...

February 12, 2016

Do you think about music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? Good for you. Awesome. If you love music, or any craft for that matter, it is awesome to know you’ll never get bored of your job.


However, what else do you like? What’s going to make you fit in wi...

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