As I am exploring the idea of getting my Masters in Vocal Performance, so that I can persue singing professionally, my thoughts have been on Opera a lot lately. In high school when asked what kind of music I liked I tended to reply as such: “Basically everything, but rap, heavy metal, and opera.” However, when I added voice to my Music Education major my sophomore year of college I was thrust into the world of opera and have come out on the other side proclaiming, “THIS STUFF IS AMAZING!!!!” I am currently trying to immerse myself in as much opera as I can and I regret that I did not get an earlier start. Many high school students tend to see opera as weird, scary, 300lb horned-hat wearing women, and steer clear. But I believe that the need to experience opera, not in the way that they are expecting it, but REALLY experience opera and hopefully they will be amazed just as I was. (more…)
After reading the wonderful comment that Cantina Anderson wrote about my previous article I went and checked out the website that she referred to. Wow! What an awesome sight. You can find everything relating to colorguard from equipment use and maintenance, to performance tips and costuming. I would highly encourage you to give it a glance. It is called Color Guard Educator and Catina Anderson is the editor but it includes articles and discussion by many other knowledgeable individuals.
I feel very qualified to write about this topic because I have been on both sides. In high school I marched piccolo for 3 years and then was drum major my senior year. And in college I marched piccolo for 1 year, then joined the flagline for the next three, the last of which I was captain. Your colorguard is part of the band as much as the trumpet section is a part of the band and understanding them and where they are coming from is very important. Here are six main points that I suggest to improve the relationship.
This blog about music education. I feel very passionate about teaching music not so much because of my great love for children but because of my great love for music and my belief that music changes lives.