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 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 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...

February 10, 2016


1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what it is that you do.


Hi, My name is Martin Hackleman. I am presently the Horn Professor here in Kansas City at the UMKC Conservatory.


2. What is your favorite thing about playing the horn?


My favorite thing abou...

February 3, 2016


1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what it is that you do.


My name is Greg Spiridopoulos; I’m the Principal Trombonist of the Albany Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, as well as a member of the Empire Brass Qui...

January 27, 2016


1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what it is that you do.


"My name is Dr. Kevin Gebo. I am a Yamaha Performing Artist as well a freelance trumpeter in the Washington Metropolitan area and a member of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” I also freq...

November 6, 2015

On the first day of every month, I get an email reminder to pay my student loan. This payment makes me feel a range of emotions as diverse as a Mahler symphony. Fortunately, most of my emotions are incredible highs related to my wonderful experiences at Northwestern: s...

October 2, 2015

Why use a Practice Routine?


Routines can be a performer’s best friend when done well and an enormous waste of time and energy when done poorly. A routine can help ensure that we hit all the important fundamentals required to play our instrument well in a sequence that...

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