Keynote Address: “Being a “C” Student

I attended the Music for All National Festival and Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival on March 14 – 16, 2019. The festival concluded with a Gala Awards Banquet and this year, Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All gave the keynote address. In the speech, he wants “you to be commit to your craft. I want you to be that C student who is committed to community at home, in your music ensembles in your schools and in your town or city in your state and in this nation…”

Take 6 minutes and listen to this speech. Share this speech. Watch it with your students. This speech was recorded Saturday, March 16 in the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN.

Did you like this post? Here’s one more to check out: Musing on a Career Teaching Music in the Private Sector by Ben Wahlund

Marimba Solo: Caleidoscópio

Caleidoscópio, written and performed by Gene Koshinski, is one of the solos from his book “TWO,” a collection of concert pieces for two-mallet marimba solo with a comprehensive guide to technique and performance practice.

The audio producer was Don Schraufnagel and Gene Koshinski and video by Marc Hill.

Percussion Education Reads 3/23/19

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The first three months of 2019 are over and I wrote this Percussion Education Reads with some articles about goals. Did you set up goals at the beginning of the year? How are you progressing? One of my goals was to read more and that is going well. One of the books I have been reading is The Bullet Journal Method. (If you are not familiar with the Bullet Journal, refer to my blog post Percussion Education Reads – 6/3/18.) For me, this is the perfect tool for planning, tracking and scheduling. It doesn’t matter how you track your goals, just do it! (more…)

Solo Marimba Performance of Bach’s Chaconne

The Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of my favorite compositions. This is especially true performed on solo marimba. I will never forget Jean Geoffroy’s performance the Chaconne at the 2017 International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy. Today’s video features a beautiful performance of Chaconne performed and arranged by Mika Stoltzman.

Recorded at Purchase Performing Center (New York City, NY) on 2-28-2018. The recording producer was Steven Epstein and filmed by Mikako Ishii. (more…)

Crossroads by Ivan Trevino

I hope everyone knows Ivan Trevino’s music! If not, visit his website or YouTube and start listening. (Watch Catching Shadows (Marimba Duo)). Crossroads for marimba and cajon, was written for Bryce Turner.

Ivan’s says that Crossroads is an intersection of rhythmic complexity and melodic simplicity. Throughout the piece, the two players share complex unison rhythms. At times, the cajón player also plays deskbells with feet.

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