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Ericson Interview, part IV: The “real world” of college teaching

Conclusion, interview by Komsun Dilokkunanant. 11. There are many complains from full-time teacher in Thailand regarding a high amount of paperwork that need to be...

Tiers of Orchestras, levels of Hornists, and the “A” list

Back in the Orchestra 101 series a few years ago there was an article that touched on the professional levels of horn playing, an...

Copyright week, part III: The inconvenient truth

Want to kill creative enterprise? One great way to do this is to illegally reproduce copyrighted music and recordings. One of the ways people will...

Copyright week, part II: Are you a pirate, or a thief?

Students need to clearly realize that creative enterprise is funded by copyright protection, and that sharing musical files (print or audio) is really a...

Existentialism and the Paradigm of Trolls, Musicians and Union Labor

As regular readers might know, I am an avid follower of internet culture, especially meme humor. What I find most fascinating is how some...

Thoughts on Cognition, Bias and the ‘U.S. Orchestra’ Readership Poll

To get a pulse on what our readers might be thinking in terms of current affairs in the American symphony orchestra scene, a poll...

Readership Poll: What is Troubling U.S. Orchestras?

The list of troubled U.S. orchestras seems to get longer and longer. It feels as if a dam has burst and we are being...

Mixed Nuts: Career Tips and Horn Secrets, Past and Present

Regular readers may already be aware that I occasionally share quirky memories and hard lessons from my own personal life. I do this in...

From The Mailbag: What Horn can I use in College? And...

Another topic that we get questions about from time to time is that of brands of horns for college study. You do need a...

A Look at the U.S. Army Band Manual

The U.S. Army remains one of the largest and oldest employers for musicians in America, and last summer I was happy to find a...