with good musicianship/interpretation (dynamics within
dynamics, rubato tempo)
IN PREPARING AUDITION MUSIC (efficiently): Concept of Sound:
to numerous recordings of trombonists such as Joseph Alessi or
trombone solo recitals at your closest university or college.
private lessons or attend master classes.
up all definitions and markings on the music, such as Largo
cantabile or rin ƒ. Pencil in the translations.
a better understanding of the task ahead of you by sight
reading the piece to the best of your ability. (Play it at
a tempo that allows you to play approx. 80% of it correctly.)
appropriate alternate positions and breath marks. Write
them in. (Make changes as needed as you learn to play the piece
it again with a metronome set very slowly, (at a tempo
where you play approx. 90% of it correctly.) Identify the measures
where your mistakes are. Bracket each immediately.
the metronome game for each set of brackets:
the metronome incredibly slow (maybe even a sub-subdivision).
This should be the fastest tempo that allows you to
play the bracketed measure(s) correctly. Play the brackets
at this tempo ten times in a row without a mistake. (Keep
track of your tempos by lightly penciling them in above
b.) Set the metronome up one notch (2-4 beats) and play
the bracketed measures 5 times in a row without a mistake.
c.) Repeat the process until you are up to tempo with
step 2. If you make a mistake, lower the metronome a
notch and try again.
the entire piece again at a slightly increased tempo from step
4. Repeat steps 4 through 6 until the piece is up to tempo.
Musically: Develop your concept of musicality. It is like learning a new
language. Listen to high quality musicians in any instrument, orchestra,
etc. (Yo Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis)
are the musical directives on the page that should be noted or
exaggerated? (Dynamics, tempo changes, articulations)
is the character/style of this piece? Happy, sad, fun, etc.
Write a plot,
story-line for the music.
is not on the page that I can add? (Dynamics within the written
dynamics, slight or dramatic tempo changes within the realm of
The Texas School Music Project is a source for ideas
and information concerning pedagogical practices in the music classroom
or rehearsal hall.
The TSMP is a service provided to all music specialists by the faculty
of the School of Music at Stephen
F. Austin State University.