Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

College-level lessons

January 22, 2019 at 12:44 am

When I started college as a music major, I was worried that I was very far behind my peers. All of my friends knew so much about things I had no experience with. They could talk at length about historical conductors, prominent orchestral musicians, operas, instrument models, and on and on. Not knowing anything about […]

Jazz Pedagogy for Classical Repertoire

July 14, 2018 at 11:51 am

At this year’s International Trombone Festival, I presented a lecture entitled “Jazz Pedagogy for Classical Repertoire.” In this session, I tried to highlight some of the concepts that I’ve noticed get more emphasis in a “jazz” education than a “classical” education but are equally important in both genres. I had a few requests for my slides, so […]

Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique

June 23, 2018 at 1:44 am

While the David Concertino is a signature piece for advanced trombonists, Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique is at least as ubiquitous for younger players. Nearly every trombonist plays this piece either in high school or the first couple years of college — which is a particularly formative period in the educational process. Because of the singularly important place this piece occupies […]