The Wide and Wonderful World of Trumpet Music

This post is written as a playlist for my younger students, especially those with little or no background in classical music or jazz. The tone’s a little lighter as a result, but hopefully no less informative! Welcome to the world of brass music! If you’re here, that probably means you’re learning a brass instrument (andContinue reading “The Wide and Wonderful World of Trumpet Music”

Keeping The Musical Drive Going When Everything’s At A Standstill

As of the time of this writing, we are less than one month from the one year anniversary of arts and culture grinding to a halt in Nova Scotia as a direct result of the global Covid-19 crisis. I remember the week leading up to it well. On Monday, Canada had its first Covid-related death,Continue reading “Keeping The Musical Drive Going When Everything’s At A Standstill”

Three Of My Favourite Topics In Music Theory Right Now

When you first start to learn the rudiments of music theory, everything seems pretty cut and dry. Less of music theory, and more of music fact. C to E is always a major third, G minor always has two flats, there are four dotted quarter notes in a bar of 12/8. When you get toContinue reading “Three Of My Favourite Topics In Music Theory Right Now”

How Solfege Makes You a Better Sightreader (And a Better Musician!)

This is the first entry in a multi-part series about how to use music theory as a performer. Links to future articles will be included here as they are published. Two of the most common sayings in our brass studio, that are intrinsically linked, are “if you can say it, you can play it” andContinue reading “How Solfege Makes You a Better Sightreader (And a Better Musician!)”

Matt’s Listening List: 10 Great Works of Classical Music (that are under 80 years old)

There sure is a lot of music out there in the world. As a young learning musician, it can be hard to know where to start when diving in to a new style of music, since there just isn’t enough time in one life to listen to everything. That’s why I put this list together:Continue reading “Matt’s Listening List: 10 Great Works of Classical Music (that are under 80 years old)”