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Whether you are renting a clarinet, saxophone or other reed instrument right now, thinking about it, or playing your 500th concert, understanding reeds will help you create the highest quality sounds and care well for your reeds. If you’re a parent whose child plays any type of reed instrument for…

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Summer is here, and regular routines are being replaced with recreation and relaxation. Between barbecues, pool days and sports leagues, summer instrument practice can fall by the wayside.   So we’ve rounded up a list of summer practice tips from a few our favorite sources. These five quick reads will…

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Kids need music. Simple as that. Why else do parents sing to comfort their infants, put on lullabies for their toddlers, or play sing-along DVDs for their elementary-aged kids? But there’s a fundamental difference between exposing children to music and educating them in music. I would argue that educating children…

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Not many people see band directors as educators with an especially difficult career. For most, we don’t blame them. How would the average person know?  But for others, like administrators, teachers and colleagues, it’s really a shame they don’t see it.  While we can probably all agree that that the…

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The bell rings and the student’s race for the exit. School’s out! A summer of fun is just around the corner! What about their instrument, though? What will they do with that thing they’ve been learning how to play all school year? If they’re like many young players, the answer…

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