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Posts Tagged ‘teaching

The Lost Years (thoughts on the saxophone 1870-1942)

Posted by: bwalters on: October 2, 2012

The last few months have brought a world of change to my small little corner of the world. The passing of Spring to Summer accompanied my completion of doctoral studies and eventual graduation from the University of Georgia. Unfortunately the Spring-time job search was less than fruitful and after consulting with the family we decided […]

Don’t Keep Up With the Joneses

Posted by: bwalters on: January 24, 2012

Everyone’s “favorite” encyclopedia provides the following definition for “Keeping up with the Joneses” : “an idiom in many parts of the English-speaking world referring to the comparison to one’s neighbor as a benchmark for social caste or the accumulation of material goods. To fail to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ is perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority.” So what does […]

2011 in Review

Posted by: tyonce on: January 3, 2012

It’s been a busy, full year. Usually, I assess what I’ve done (and haven’t managed to get done) at the end of the academic year; as a college professor, my concept of a “year” goes from August to May. However, it probably isn’t a bad idea to perform a mid-year check-up. While it’s easy to […]

Attempt to Make Mistakes

Posted by: bwalters on: December 12, 2011

“Attempt to make mistakes…” and “I want you to push yourself to the point of falling off the beam.” While attending my daughter’s Thursday night gymnastics team practice, I repeatedly heard these statements (and others like them) from the coach and they immediately stuck in my head. Why would anyone want someone to make a […]

Practice tips

Posted by: tyonce on: November 1, 2011

The following was a result of a handout I put together for a workshop. More detailed information can be found about these topics on my personal website located at www.tammyevansyonce.com. Establish a solid practice schedule: Actually block off time in your schedule designated specifically for practicing. Avoid using it for lunch, socializing, homework, errands, sleeping, […]

Introduction and Randomness

Posted by: bwalters on: September 29, 2011

Hello and thanks for taking some time out of your day to visit our collective and for reading this blog. This is the first in a series dedicated to providing new approaches to making the most out of the time we spend in the “practice room.” As the series progresses you will understand why I […]

Becoming a Student Again

Posted by: jdunnavant on: September 3, 2011

A few weeks ago, I attended an Irish Festival so that I could participate in a flute workshop. I bought an Irish flute a year ago from a Baroque flute student of mine, but other than admire how lovely it looks, I hadn’t really done anything with it. You see, it’s hard. The holes are […]

Teaching non-music majors

Posted by: tyonce on: August 22, 2011

It seems that, as young faculty members, the task of teaching non-music majors falls to us. My first college teaching gig wasn’t teaching applied flute (even though I have three degrees in the subject) – it was teaching music appreciation. It’s a real eye-opener to go from a graduate program, taking upper-level musicology seminars, to […]

The Do’s and Do Not’s of taking over a new school

Posted by: jcotton on: August 9, 2011

Currently, I am making a transition that is exciting, nerve-racking, at times a little uncertain, but is inevitable for anyone in the teaching profession.  I’m in transition between schools – leaving one band program that I will miss dearly, and yet taking over at a school with a rich and successful band tradition.  In doing […]

The power of singing

Posted by: dhaslam on: July 28, 2011

“The singer has everything within him.  The notes come out from his very life.  They are not materials gathered from outside.”  ~Rabindranath Tagore Singing – and the world that revolves around it – has been the center of my life for as long as I can remember. It began when I sang my first solo in […]


Paula Brusky - Bassoonist, injury prevention expert, professor, founding director of BCMCC.
Alexis Del Palazzo - Flutist, contemporary music enthusiast, musician wellness expert.
Jessica Dunnavant - Flutist, professor, early music enthusiast.
Rachel Hacker - Flutist, undergraduate music major
Diane Haslam - Singer, professor, writer.
Robin Massie-Pighee - Violist, teacher, executive director of Musicians of Mercy
Bart Walters - Jazz and classical saxophonist, popular music expert, former Army musician.
Tammy Evans Yonce - Flutist, professor, chamber and orchestral musician, contemporary music fan.