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Professional Trombone Performance Opportunities in the U.S.
Never has it been easier to learn to play the trombone skillfully, but being a highly skilled trombonist gives no assurance of earning a high income as a player. The supply of competent trombonists far exceeds the demand for professional trombonists, especially in metropolitan areas.
Educate or Train
Brass teachers need to educate their students to put their own personal interpretation on the music, rather than training them to be a carbon copy of the teacher. In his own teaching, Barry tries to give his students the tools and freedom to make a musical statement uniquely their own.
Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety
Performance anxiety can begin so innocently. First you notice someone in the front row tapping his feet. You wonder to yourself whether you're really maintaining a steady beat. Then someone else whispers something to her neighbor, and you worry that perhaps your hair is disheveled or your tie is crooked, or maybe you're making those funny grimaces again that you thought you'd conquered. Worse yet, they are probably discussing how strange or inappropriate your interpretation is, or they are commenting on how many notes you are missing (you are missing a lot by now). Oh, your teacher is really going to yell at you. And your girlfriend or boyfriend is going to be very disappointed. Your students aren't going to know what to say to you because this is going so badly. Your hands are shaking or sweaty or cold. Maybe you're not cut out for this stuff after all...
Be Nice to Your Accountant
There seems to be a serious misconception that accountants can survive on no sleep for four months, work eight days a week, 30 hours a day, and not make mistakes – all for a small and reasonable fee. Get your taxes in early and make your accountant's life a lot easier!
Articles by Brad Howland
Handy-Dandy Guide to Music Industry Acronyms
Babylon 5 and the Power of Collective Bargaining
The Complete Low Brass Excerpt Collection - A Review
The Business of Getting More Gigs as a Professional Musician - A Review
Why Practicing Berg's Opera “Wozzeck” is Like Painting the Golden Gate Bridge
Quick Cleaning Method for the Mobile Trombonist
Design a Great Concert Program