Want Big Impact? Think Small

Most musicians and musical organizations truly hope to make a big impact.  And why wouldn’t they?  The potential benefits are numerous: more money, opportunity, reputation, personal fulfillment, and meaningful legacy bestowed upon the world. But many of us buy into the false equation that big numbers equals big impact.  The more people, the...

Why YOU Need a Powerhouse Topic

As a musician, you certainly already have one or two specialties: playing the violin, bebop improvisation, recording chamber ensembles.  But no matter how skilled you are in these types of areas, you are likely just a small fish in a large ocean competing to be noticed. For those desiring more work and opportunity, imagine how your career might...

Seashell Virtuoso

Steve Turre is one of the most renowned trombonists on the scene today, having played with the likes of Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Saturday Night Live Band.  But he’s also become the master of an unusual double: seashells. The video below features Turre playing a variety of shells along with the Dizzy...

5 Questions Every Music School Should Ask (and Answer)

Below are five essential questions every music school should be asking. And answering.      1.  How is our school training excellent musicians (and what exactly does that mean)? Technical/musical ability? Musicianship/analytical skills? Historical perspective? Ensemble contributors? Other musical areas of emphasis? Multiple musical skill...

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