Benjamin Coy


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 […]

Work Harder, Not Smarter

July 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

I’ve always prided myself on working smarter, not harder. Even back in grade school, I made a point of learning any concepts as quickly as possible and then declining to complete the homework that was intended to review and emphasize those concepts. In music, I’ve used my knowledge of history, theory, and physiology to eliminate […]