The Kentucky Derby was this weekend and we’re in the home stratch for the 2022-23 school year! Three weeks left, and there’s a lot left to do. It’ll come down to the wire, as always!
It’s the Terrifying Skull Shaker! In Short.
Is it some Lovecraftian cosmic horror sent to our world to spread madness and fear? No, it’s the skull shaker! You may go insane when you see all the available colors. Terrifying colors!
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Taking Ownership of the Future. It’s the View From the Road
We’re nearing the end of the school year and there is so much left to do! This week, Drew spoke with some teachers that are having their kids clean and maintain their school-owned instruments before putting them away for the summer. This is a fantastic idea, as it gives them not only the skill but the pride in keeping their equipment ready for the next kid.
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Why should you invest in a step-up instrument?
This open letter from Band Directors Talk Shop discusses the importance of step-up instruments for their child's musical development. It emphasizes that while beginner instruments serve their purpose, children often outgrow them, just like they outgrow their first bicycle.
Consulting with the band director, who may have preferences based on ensemble considerations, can guide parents in choosing the right instrument. Step-up instruments offer improved tone, response, and additional keys/tubing, allowing for enhanced performance and enjoyment.
The letter emphasizes that investing in a step-up instrument is not just about the instrument itself but also about investing in the child's music education, experience, self-expression, discipline, teamwork, and long-term success.
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Excerpted from “The Time the Soloist Prepared the Wrong Concerto” an essay rewind, as published on The Podcasting Store’s Medium Page
“Have you ever had that dream where you are taking a math test you did not study for? For me that dream manifests itself on a football field getting ready to step off for a marching band show I have never learned. For one world-class concert pianist, however, this nightmare became a reality.
In 1999, Maria Joao Pires was playing a lunch concert with the Amsterdam Concertgebouworkest conducted by Riccardo Chailly. These types of concerts tend to be more informal, but it is still a live performance in front of a live audience. On this particular concert, Pires had prepared to perform as soloist on a Mozart piano concerto.
Unfortunately for her, she had prepared the wrong concerto.
In the video of the performance, you can see the look of terror on her face as she realizes that the orchestra is playing the Mozart Concerto for Piano №20 in d minor, not the one she had prepared. She is visibly panicked and in disbelief that there could be such a miscommunication. Maestro Chailly is encouraging, if not jovial, and tells her to go for it, knowing she played the piece just last season.
She has just seconds to make her decision: give up or do what is seemingly impossible and play a Mozart concerto she had not prepared from memory…”
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