Category Archives: Students

Student Recital – July 28, 2012

The participants in the summer Small Ensembles for Brass workshop performed, as did one of my other trombone students. The Southern Park Brass Trio (Andrew – rising 11th grader, Jasmine – rising 8th grader, and Joshua – rising 8th grader) are at the beginning and end, with Jacob, a rising 7th grader, performing on trombone in the middle, accompanied by Veronica, a rising 6th grader.

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Student Recitals – April and May 2012

I’ve gotten a little behind on posting recordings of student recitals. This should get me up-to-date!

Here’s Duncan, a 10th grade horn player, performing “Andante Cantabile” from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, at the April 29 recital. He is accompanied by Jun, a piano student.

Jasmine, a 7th grade trumpet player, plays “Andante and Allegro,” arr. Voxman on the May 20 recital. She is accompanied by Raymon, an 8th grade piano student.

Another performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Cantabile,” this time  on the May 20 recital, by Quinn, another 10th grade horn student. He, too, is accompanied by Jun.

Here’s a great performance by a student brass quartet! Jasmine and Addison, both 7th graders, are on trumpet; Quinn, a 10th grader, is on horn; and Josh, an 8th grader, is on euphonium. They’re playing “Imperial March” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”

Summer 2012 – Music Opportunities for Students

Summer is nearly here. It is time to start thinking about what sort of musical activities you’ll participate in during all your free time! A great way to really immerse yourself in music, and to revitalize your enthusiasm for your instrument, is to attend a music camp. Most are just a week or two long (some of the more challenging and prestigious programs are longer), and you learn so much! I myself attended UNCW’s Summer Jazz Workshop when I was in high school — I had a blast, and they solidified my desire to play the trumpet in college. Here’s a list of some summer music camps in our area, as well as a few farther away.  Click the titles for a link to the camp website.

If you know of a camp that isn’t listed, please mention it in the comment section below!

**Keep checking back — I’ll update this page when I hear of more opportunities!**

Charlotte Area

Event Flyer

Small Ensembles for Brass Students (NEW!): This is MY website, after all, so I feel I have the right to give myself top billing! This summer I will be offering a 5-week workshop for middle and high school brass players. Students will be organized into small ensembles of 3 to 5 players, and will meet once a week with me. Students will learn how to perform chamber music — the responsibility, the leadership, the repertoire, intonation and blend, and how to put together a concert, the performance of which will conclude the workshop. Students must have been playing a brass instrument for at least a year. I also strongly recommend that participants take at least two or three private lessons to work on individual skills.  June 11 – July 29 (weekly) Held at Southern Park Music School. The info will be on Southern Park’s website soon. In the meantime, use the following files:
Small Ensembles for Brass Players flyer 2012
Small Ensembles for Brass Players registration 2012

JazzArts Music Camp – a one-week day program for students grades 7 – 12. Includes small combo performance, jazz improvisation, theory, history, etc. Held at Providence Road Methodist Church, June 11-15.

Band & Orchestra Camp through Community School of the Arts – this is a 5-day program for 4th-12th grade band and orchestra students. Held at Park Road Baptist Church, July 16-20.  Students who were in All-District or other honor ensembles will be given a $50 merit award to be applied toward tuition.

Jazz Camp through Community School of the Arts – a 5-day program for rising 7th-12th graders who play a jazz band instrument (see website for a list). Held at Holy Trinity Middle School, July 23-27.  There’s a discount available for students who attend both the band/orchestra and the jazz camps.

North Carolina

Cannon Music Camp – I had to give this top billing, as it is held at my alma mater, Appalachian State University! One of the most highly regarded music camps in the southeast, this camp is three weeks long and is for students who have completed grade 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. Focus is on performance and music theory, ensemble playing and private lessons.

Brevard Music Institute – For high school and college age students, minimum age is 14.  This intensive, prestigious program lasts for six or seven weeks and is held on the Brevard Music Center Campus.

Eastern Music Festival – A five-week program held on the campus of Guilford College, for students between the ages of 14 and 22. Designed to meet the needs of the pre-professional student. Orchestral performances, chamber music, and private studies.

UNC Summer Jazz Workshop – Held at UNC-Chapel Hill, this five-day jazz workshop is for high school students, college students, and adults. Participants receive college credit.

UNC-Chapel Hill High School Music Camp –  A one-week program for students in grades 8 through 12. Focus on music theory and literature, opportunities for private instruction, small ensembles, performances.

UNCG Summer Music Camp – A one week program for students grades 5 through 12, must have been playing for at least 1 year. There are two different weeks to choose from.

UNC School of the Arts Workshops – (There are no brass workshops this year, but there is one on composition and music technology.) One- or two-week workshops for students age 12 (rising 7th grader) and up. Intensive master classes and coaching. Participants earn high school credit.

UNCW Summer Music Workshops –  These programs are for rising 9th – 12th grade students. UNCW offers both Band and Jazz workshops, and they’re two different weeks, so you could do both if you wanted. This could be added onto a beach vacation!

Everywhere Else
This is just a tiny, tiny sampling of the available music camps in the US and around the world. If you’re looking for a camp in a specific location, chances are there is one!

Bar Harbor Brass Week – For high school and college students in Bar Harbor, Maine. Opportunities for chamber music, coaching, private lessons, master classes. The registration deadline has passed for this year, but it is something to keep in mind for next year.

English Brass Academy – A four-day session for students between the ages 8 and 18, held in Bushey, Watford, England. Yes, it is a bit out-of-the-way, but could easily be included as part of a family vacation in Great Britain.

Interlochen Summer Music Programs – There are several different arts camps held at this prestigious Michigan institution, three of which are for music. There’s a high school division (grades 9-12), an intermediate division (grades 6-9), and a junior division (grades 3-6).

Jamey Aeberosold Summer Jazz Workshops –  Offering 2-day and week-long intensive workshops in jazz improvisation, theory, ear training, and performance. For experienced jazz musicians OR those just starting out! Held at the University of Louisville in Kentucky

National Jazz Workshop – A one-week program for musicians entering 9th grade and older. The intensive curriculum includes improvisation, theory, composition and arranging, recording and production, and performance.  Held at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, July 8-13.

Purtle.com Brass Camp – A three-day event held at Anderson University in South Carolina, August 2 – 4. This program is targeted to high school players, college students, and professionals.  Master classes, repair classes, vendors, concerts, etc.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival –  This is a month-long program for students age 12 up to college and graduate students. Admission require an audition. Held at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Sewanee, TN.

Student Recital – March 18, 2012

I had three students participate in a student recital at Southern Park Music School this weekend. This was the first time that two of them had performed a solo in public, and the first time that any of them had worked with a student accompanist, someone close to their own age. It was a wonderful educational experience, and I think they all did really well!

Here’s Jacob, a 6th grader, on trombone. He’s been playing trombone since August 2011.

Bennet is a 7th grader. He has been playing for a few years, and made All-District Band this year.

Robbie is in 6th grade, and has been playing the trumpet since June of 2011.

South Central NC District Middle School Honor Band

Here’s a video of the 7th and 8th grade All-District band performing James Swearingen’s A River’s Fury, which was commissioned for this occasion, conducted by the composer.

Three of my trumpet students are in this performance.

Slacked Off This Summer? Shape Up Before School!

Dude, where's my horn?

We all begin our summers with the best of intentions. We plan to spend more time practicing, to learn a new solo or improve our technique. But we’ve all had the experience of suddenly realizing that the summer is nearly over and we’ve accomplished almost nothing! Maybe you haven’t taken your instrument out of it’s case all summer — maybe you’re not even sure where it is!

Here in Charlotte, school is starting back in a few weeks. The year-round schools have already started. If you’ve just realized that you haven’t played in a couple months, you’re probably a little panicked about the first week of band class. Will you even be able to get a note out?

Well, it isn’t too late to get back in shape. If you put in some solid practice time over the next couple weeks, you can start school ready to play. In fact, there’s a good chance your bandmates are in the same position as you. If you start practicing now and they don’t, you’ll have an even better shot at sitting a higher chair this semester! Here are some tips of how to whip yourself back into shape: Read the rest of this entry

Recording: Student Recital May 9, 2011

Here’s a recording of two of my students performing on the last student recital of this school year: Aris on trombone, and Paul on euphonium.

Aris is a rising freshman, and has been playing the trombone for 8 months. Paul is a rising senior, and is attending Govenor’s School for music this summer. The recording of Paul was taken at the rehearsal the day before, not at the recital. (Can you believe it, he sounded even better at the recital!) My recorder batteries died after Aris’s performance, so I missed Paul’s performance, as well as that of another student, Jasmine. Unfortunately, I have no additional recording of Jasmine’s performance of “Swinging on a Star,” which was fantastic!

Student Excellence!

I want to congratulate one of my trumpet students, Jasmine Leahy, on her rating of “Superior” today at the South Central District Bandmasters Association Solo and Ensemble Festival. Jasmine performed the jazz standard “Swinging on a Star” for solo trumpet with piano accompaniment. She was accompanied by her sister Veronica, who is a piano student at Southern Park Music School.

Way to go, Jasmine!

Summer 2011 – Music Opportunities for Students

Summer is nearly here. It is time to start thinking about what sort of musical activities you’ll participate in during all your free time! A great way to really immerse yourself in music, and to revitalize your enthusiasm for your instrument, is to attend a music camp. Most are just a week or two long (some of the more challenging and prestigious programs are longer), and you learn so much! I myself attended UNCW’s Summer Jazz Workshop when I was in high school — I had a blast, and they solidified my desire to play the trumpet in college. Here’s a list of some summer music camps in our area, as well as a few farther away.  Click the titles for a link to the camp website.

**Keep checking back — I’ll update this page when I hear of more opportunities!**

Charlotte Area

JazzArts Music Camp – a one-week day program for students grades 7 – 12. Includes small combo performance, jazz improvisation, theory, history, etc. Held at Providence Road Methodist Church.

North Carolina

Cannon Music Camp – I had to give this top billing, as it is held at my alma mater, Appalachian State University! One of the most highly regarded music camps in the southeast, this camp is three weeks long and is for students who have completed grade 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. Focus is on performance and music theory, ensemble playing and private lessons.

Brevard Music Institute – For high school and college age students, minimum age is 14.  This intensive, prestigious program lasts for six or seven weeks and is held on the Brevard Music Center Campus.

Eastern Music Festival – A five-week program held on the campus of Guilford College, for students between the ages of 14 and 22. Designed to meet the needs of the pre-professional student. Orchestral performances, chamber music, and private studies.

UNC Summer Jazz Workshop – Held at UNC-Chapel Hill, this five-day jazz workshop is for high school students, college students, and adults. Participants receive college credit.

UNC-Chapel Hill High School Music Camp –  A one-week program for students in grades 8 through 12. Focus on music theory and literature, opportunities for private instruction, small ensembles, performances.

UNCG Summer Music Camp – A one week program for students grades 5 through 12, must have been playing for at least 1 year. There are two different weeks to choose from.

UNC School of the Arts Workshops – (Scroll down on the site to see info on the trumpet workshops) One-week workshops for students age 12 (rising 7th grader) and up. Intensive master classes and coaching. Participants earn high school credit.

UNCW Summer Music Workshops –  These programs are for rising 9th – 12th grade students. UNCW offers both Band and Jazz workshops, and they’re two different weeks, so you could do both if you wanted. This could be added onto a beach vacation!

Everywhere Else
This is just a tiny, tiny sampling of the available music camps in the US and around the world. If you’re looking for a camp in a specific location, chances are there is one!

Purtle.com Brass Camp – A three-day event held at Anderson University in South Carolina. This program is targeted to high school players, college students, and professionals.  Master classes, repair classes, vendors, concerts, etc. For a lower registration cost, you can view the events streaming online.

Bar Harbor Brass Week – For high school and college students in Bar Harbor, Maine. Opportunities for chamber music, coaching, private lessons, master classes. The registration deadline has passed for this year, but it is something to keep in mind for next year.

English Brass Academy – A four-day session for students between the ages 8 and 18, held in Bushey, Watford, England. Yes, it is a bit out-of-the-way, but could easily be included as part of a family vacation in Great Britain.

If Your Instrument Breaks [for students]

Possibly difficult to play in tune.

A week or so ago, I was working with one of my young trombone students. (We were working on playing in a legato style, if you were wondering.) Suddenly, I noticed that his trombone had more moving parts than one generally sees with standard issue student horns. The bracing on his bell had broken, causing the bell section to, well, fall off. Playing became more difficult.

I showed the problem to his mother. The horn he was playing belonged to his school, so I told her to get his band director to have it fixed as soon as possible. I didn’t think it should take very long to simply have a bracing re-soldered.

I was mistaken. Read the rest of this entry