Developing Expression in Brass Performance and Teaching helps university music teachers, high school band directors, private teachers, and students develop a vibrant and flexible approach to brass teaching and performance that keeps musical expression central to the learning process. Strategies for teaching both group and applied lessons will help instructors develop more expressive use of articulation, flexibility in sound production, and how to play with better intonation.
The author shares strategies from today’s best brass instrument performers and teachers for developing creativity and making musical expression central to practicing and performing. These concepts presented are taken from over thirty years of experience with musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, Donald Hunsberger, Leonard Candelaria, John Haynie, Bryan Goff, members of the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic and from leading music schools such as the Eastman School of Music, The University of North Texas and The Florida State University.
The combination of philosophy, pedagogy, and common sense methods for learning will ignite both musicians and budding musicians to inspired teaching and playing.
-Table of Contents-
The Creative Teacher and Student
The Athlete and the Artist
The Brass Embouchure
The Brass Mouthpiece
Tone as Our Voice
Understanding Brass Intonation
A Philosophy for Technique
Lip Flexibility for Expressive Tone
The Tools of Articulation
Using Filters to Clarify Your Playing
Planning for Performance
Planning Your Interpretation
Tools for Expressing Musical Peaks
Improvisation to Exercise Creativity and Emotion
Understanding Performance Anxiety
Models for Creative Playing
Advice for Applied Teachers
Conducting Brass Players
Creativity and Student Ownership