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Wind Talkers

  • Purpose, Service, and Community Through Music

    Christine Carucci | September 5, 2022In a recent recording of the Civil Rights anthem “I Shall Not Be Moved,” Grammy-award winning musician Rhiannon Giddens spoke about the unique opportunity she had to learn this song from her mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson. She explains how in the traditional folk roots of Thompson’s era, music was driven by a sense of purpose […] Read More...
  • Respond and Connect to the Music for Lifelong Music Appreciation

    Christine Carruci | August 2, 2022The National Standards for Music Education were put into place to help ensure all students receive varied and robust experiences in their training.  Each standard is broken into strands, representing specific components of each of the artistic processes of performing, creating, responding, and connecting.  While the goal of the 2014 standards was to promote literacy […] Read More...
  • Incorporating Affective Learning in the Ensemble Setting

    Christine Carucci | July 8, 2022With all the challenging emotions students across the country are feeling these days, I asked former band director, music educator and bassoonist Dr. Christine Carruci to write this article for SBO reflecting on how music educators can best serve music students. -Lisa Canning Ensemble directors can regularly engage and develop the emotions of students through […] Read More...
  • Learn Woodwind Emergency Repair This Summer

    Lisa Canning | May 2, 2022For the past two years, Lisa’s Clarinet Shop has been successfully teaching woodwind repair online. We have found two common themes among our 50 participants who have been band directors, private lesson teachers, professional musicians, school service representatives and amateurs: it takes too long to get instrument repaired and back into the hands of students, […] Read More...
  • Good Saxophone Fundamentals on Good Equipment Yield Good Sounds

    Matthew Younglove | March 18, 2022Before discussing the important details of picking a good, and stylistically appropriate, saxophone mouthpiece, it is important that the fundamentals of a good embouchure are present. No mouthpiece and reed combination will sound the way they are designed without them. Saxophone Embouchure All of us are genetically unique. This makes absolutes difficult when teaching. As […] Read More...
  • For the Love of Music and Woodwind Instruments

    Lisa Canning | February 23, 2022I asked SBO to allow me to create our column, Windtalkers, because I want to help music educators like yourself be able to use my knowledge, and those of our writers, to increase the “falling in love quotient” for those who pursue music, and especially those who choose to invest their energy into learning the most […] Read More...
  • Forming a Good Embouchure is Key to Selecting a Clarinet Mouthpiece

    Kristine Dizon | January 19, 2022Welcome to 2022! We are kicking off this year with a discussion on clarinet embouchures and mouthpiece selection with professional clarinetist and educator Kristine Dizon.  When choosing a mouthpiece, having a good clarinet embouchure is key to produce a beautiful sound on the clarinet. Bad embouchures often produce an unfocused, fuzzy sound that also leads […] Read More...
  • 12 Educational Gifts for the Holiday Season

    Carolyn Nussbaum, Lisa Canning | December 18, 2021As an educator its always helpful to be able to recommend products that will help your students improve, as holiday presents. Here is our list of special hand-picked items we have chosen for you to pass along to students this holiday season. 1: Step-up to an Intermediate Level Instrument Intermediate level flutes incorporate handmade elements, […] Read More...
  • Essential Tips and Tricks for Teaching Woodwinds in the Classroom- Part 2

    Lisa Canning | November 12, 2021In part one, you learned to assess your student’s natural color and shape of sound.  In part two, we align their abilities to a mouthpiece/head joint that matches their instrument.   Equipment Trials Important: have a selection of mouthpieces, head joints, and instruments to try. Most stores will not stock head joints except specialty flute […] Read More...
  • Essential Tips and Tricks for Teaching Woodwinds in the Classroom – Part 1

    Lisa Canning | October 9, 2021In the last three columns, we talked about basic repair for clarinet, saxophone and flute which is the number one most important thing you can do to help your students achieve success. Based on 40 years of anecdotal research, your ability to be able to assess and converse with a student about their natural tone […] Read More...
  • Flute Repair Basics

    Carolyn Nussbaum | September 7, 2021September rounds out our focus on repair basics. In October, we will cover essential tips and tricks for teaching woodwinds in the classroom. Our goal is to help you better understand what to focus on and where to invest your time and energy to strengthen your student abilities. – Lisa Canning, Lisa@lisasclarinetshop.com Flute Assembly The […] Read More...
  • Saxophone Basics for the Busy Band Director

    Michael Goldstein | August 13, 2021In this month’s column, our focus is on the basics of saxophone repair. Michael Goldstein, a saxophonist, former band director and woodwind repair technician, has a nice list of tips and tricks to help you and your students. Be sure to also check out his video link at the bottom of the article. Next month’s […] Read More...
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