Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Competition preparation

June 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

This past school year, I had the good fortune to judge two solo competitions. In both cases, the field was open to all musical instruments, and I was there to represent the brass family on the panel. I was excited about these opportunities, because I get very tired of seeing violinists, cellists, and pianists in front of […]

Developing your product

April 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm

In the current market, actually making music is the smallest piece of most jobs. The biggest piece is probably marketing and promotion. Colleges have started to realize this, and there’s now a big effort to teach music majors not just musicianship, but also some business skills. However, I think that sometimes students take away the wrong […]

Tuning Drones

March 29, 2016 at 8:42 am

I am pleased to announce the launch of http://www.tuningdrones.com/. This site replaces my old “Bone Drones” recordings with a fully customizable solution. In addition to selecting any pitch in any octave, this drone can also play octaves, fifths, and major or minor triads – in either equal temperament or just intonation. The app includes 14 different timbres […]

The Problem With School

January 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Since I began preschool, I have spent only six years away from school. I took three years off between my master’s and my doctorate, and it took three years after I finished the doctorate to find a teaching job. But other than those six years, I have always been in school in some capacity. I […]