© 2020 by Wendy Higdon

July 8, 2018

​​Many thanks to D'Addario Education Collective for publishing this article!

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April 4, 2017

Recruitment of beginning musicians is such an important process, but it can be overwhelming when you don't know where to begin. Staying organized is key to success.  If you are a "Type A" personality--  a person that is driven by a sense of order and attention to detail-- then you probably already know what I mean.  If not, well, it can't hurt to be a little more organized when it comes to recruitment.  After all, the future enrollment of your music program depends on doing this one thing really well. 

Creat...

February 12, 2017

In the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, young Harry, upon learning he is a wizard, is taken to Ollivander's Shop to purchase his magic wand.  After trying several without luck, one wand suddenly responds to his touch.  "Curious indeed how these things happen," Mr. Ollivander tells Harry. "The wand chooses the wizard, remember...I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter."

I believe the same to be true when it comes to choosing an instrument.  When a child is paired with the instrument that responds best to he...

July 31, 2016

In a week, I will be starting a new crop of beginning band students-- my 26th opportunity to share this most exciting and crucial time with a new group of musicians. If this group is like most of the others, they will come to their first day as nervous as they are excited.  They will have questions that they are too afraid to ask, but a strong desire to please.  Their success will be almost solely dependent on what I say and do in class over the coming months.

These are, without question, the most important lessons I will plan during the e...

July 24, 2015

It's an exciting day!  Today is the day that my students will take home their clarinets for the very first time.  Read more about how I structure the third lesson for my clarinet class so that students are set-up for success!

 

As the students arrive for class, I ask them to do the following:

1.  Retrieve their instrument case.

2.  Sit on the floor and open their case carefully, making sure that the top of the case is up.

3.  Put cork grease on all of the tenon corks. 

4.  Wait patiently for further instructions. 

 

Refining the Body Po...

July 17, 2015

After spending the first lesson getting acquainted with our new instruments and learning a little about body awareness, it's time to delve a little more deeply into our interactions with our clarinets. 

 

As we move forward with instruction, it is important to remember to review concepts and skills that were practiced in lesson one.  On my list of items to review include:

 

1.  Names of each part of the instrument

2.  Reciting the musical alphabet forward and backward.  Today we will add a twist!  We won't always start on the same letter....

May 26, 2015

In a week, I will be starting a new crop of beginning band students-- my 25th opportunity to share this most exciting and crucial time with a new group of musicians. If this group is like most of the others, they will come to their first day of beginning summer band as nervous as they are excited.  They will have questions that they are too afraid to ask, but a strong desire to please.  Their success will be almost solely dependent on what I say and do over the twelve hour-long sessions I will see them in the next three weeks.  If I do my job...

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