Time on Claude Gordon

As I am in a new position with Hannibal-LaGrange University, teaching classes, applied lessons, symphonic band and a vocal ensemble known as Praise Song, I have got to be very intentional in my practice time. This is why the Systematic Approach is so useful. I walk in to the office at 9AM and I know exactly what…

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Packing the Horns

So if you were packing the horns to move…what would you pack? Well for me, as I prepare to move to Hannibal, Missouri to teach music at Hannibal-LaGrange University. I am packing my horns (Bb, C, Piccolo) in my Allora triple gig bag. My Bb cornet is in it’s gig bag, ready to play on…

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Quick break from SADP

This week, I will be taking a break from the Systematic Approach to Daily Practice of Claude Gordon. We are moving to Hannibal. I will practice daily, warmups, etc. But my focus this week is exiting Beacon Hill well, and being ready to teach a week from tomorrow. I am very excited to use what…

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Our Journey to Hannibal-LaGrange University

  If you are reading this blog post, then you know by now that I’ve been called to be the Director of Bands and Praise-Song at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri. This is a private Baptist university, supported in part by the Missouri Baptist Convention. This post recounts how God has worked over the past…

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Free Arban!

No, this isn’t a movement to have the political prisoner, Arban, freed from prison. This is a link from the University of Rochester of the entire Complete Conservatory Method of Jean Baptiste Arban to his entire Complete Conservatory Method on pdf. This is now in the Public Domain. You can download it from there in…

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Beta Blockers – Oh What a Tangled Web…

An Article from the NY Times, November 2004 in its entirety Better Playing Through Chemistry For the Record RUTH ANN McCLAIN, a flutist from Memphis, used to suffer from debilitating onstage jitters. “My hands were so cold and wet, I thought I’d drop my flute,” Ms. McClain said recently, remembering a performance at the National…

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