Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

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 […]

All-State Audition Preparation

November 9, 2015 at 12:52 am

This past weekend, I presented at the South Texas Brass Symposium. Part of the event was a clinic for high school students preparing etudes for their All-State auditions. During this masterclass, I started thinking back to my high school experience, and what I was thinking about preparing for these kinds of auditions. The etudes were […]

Music Appreciation

September 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

I’m writing this post as my Music Appreciation class takes an exam. With the quiet time to think about the class as a whole, I started to wonder why we don’t teach it to music majors. The way most appreciation courses are taught, much of the material is duplicated in musicology courses designed for majors, […]

Be Prepared

September 8, 2015 at 1:25 am

The motto for most scouting organizations worldwide is some variant of “Be Prepared.” Boy scouts were never my thing, but that’s not a bad lesson to keep in mind. I was offered my current position at South Texas College less than a month before I needed to be on campus for my first day. In […]