Posts Tagged ‘beginning band’

I am teaching beginner flutes today, and had come to a point in the lesson where I wondered if what I was teaching them was correct: 1. Think and say “pooh.” (of course, this always gets giggles) 2. Make the aperture as small as possible. 3. Make the aperture round. 4. Keep everything centered in […]


wunderkind

30Aug08

This boy comes into the band hall, he’s signed up for band, and we try him out a lot of different mouthpieces. Saxophone: with little effort, he makes a good tone, not too far off pitch. Clarinet: even less effort, good strong sound. Flute: not bad. Definitely workable. Trumpet: not bad, could be great with […]


There are several schools of thought on this: One way would teach you to put your bottom lip over your bottom teeth ever so slightly, then wrapping the mouth around the saxophone much like a clarinet. The one I learned focuses on making the embouchure into a meaty cushion that keeps the bottom teeth completely […]


The last three days, I’ve spent a good majority of the day getting our kids fitted for instruments. It’s something I’ve only done once, and I definitely need some practice for some of these instruments. I’m decent at gauging who can play what, but getting them to do the things they need to do to […]