Even though I created this blog back in November, I am just now making my way around to actually writing something. This is due largely in part to good friends Joe Pisano at Mustech.net and Travis Weller (Composing Like Mad). I also thought that this may be a great outlet for me to get fresh ideas and perspectives, and maybe even to vent a little. 🙂 (Sometimes, it’s nice to know that you’re not alone!) Just this morning, I was thinking of what my first blog could be about, and then came a moment in my 3rd period senior high rehearsal that was very interesting.
The group is working on Ticheli’s Loch Lomond, and doing well, although this piece is maybe a bit more challenging than I thought it would be. Anyway, I had the group add a crescendo that was only written for the saxophones and clarinets; because my group is small, I wanted it to be more effective. My first chair trumpet player, who is only a freshman, raises his hand and says, “Why did you have us put that crescendo in there? I don’t like it.” My first thought was, “Yes! Here is a student who has his own thoughts about how the music should sound!” To me, this showed a sign of maturity in his musicianship that was exciting! It’s funny that something like a student disagreeing with me would be so exciting to me, but it was because here is a student that is beginning to make his own musical decisions….isn’t this exactly the type of thing that we’re trying to teach our students??
Anyway, there was my first bloggable moment, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I am looking forward to continue writing here, and I welcome and comments that you may have!