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From the Mailbag: Right Brain, Left Brain, and Connecting with Students

Several years ago a question came in. It was one that I found interesting to ponder at the time and still find interesting to...

Nudge Theory

A method for guiding students on their learning path. In When Humans Need a Nudge Toward Rationality author Jeff Sommer reports on an interesting principal...

The Ego-Driven Music Teacher: Good or Bad? (I)

Teaching -- more art than science? I occasionally lurk -- read, but do not participate in -- the various horn discussion groups. Interesting topics come...

A Systems View of Music Performance Education (I)

Could a technology model work for a music performance education? Last summer I worked in a temporary position developing a web site "in-house" for an...

The Provocative Teacher

I don't particularly like to do this, but occasionally I encounter a student that absolutely needs to be poked with a stick. Repeatedly. The...

Learning B-flat Horn Fingerings with Louis Stout

A topic that has come up in several lessons recently is that of learning B-flat horn alternate fingerings in the middle register where I...

Passing of Abe Torchinsky, and Giving Students Complexes

Over at TubaHead I noted an article on the recent passing of tubist Abe Torchinsky at age 89. My first contact with him was...

A Matter of Scale

Very recently I saw a quote posted that relates very much to a topic on my mind. It read, When you play your instrument you...

Things Horn Teachers Say: Ineffective Teaching

Derek Wright posted recently on something a teacher (not me!) said to him in a first lesson. The teacher asked him “do you have...

Ericson Interview, part I: From orchestral player to professor

Periodically questions come in related to school projects. In this case, the questions were in an interview format for an advanced brass pedagogy and...