Benjamin Coy


Repertoire first, routine second

March 12, 2018 at 12:07 am

I’ve recently changed the order in which I teach my lessons. I used to start most lessons (at least with younger students) by working through lip slurs and other fundamentals. By covering the technical bases first, I felt like I could already tell how their practice the previous week had gone, what issues were causing problems, […]

2018 ITF Lecture

December 8, 2017 at 1:57 am

I am excited to announce that I will be offering a lecture at the upcoming 2018 International Trombone Festival. My presentation will be titled “Jazz Pedagogy for Classical Repertoire.” This is the abstract as it was accepted by the Festival: Current trombone degree plans often specialize in either “jazz” or “classical” repertoire, and require students […]

Extra-tall trombone stand

September 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm

I have previously posted about the advantages of a trombone-specific music stand. It turns out that Manhasset also makes an extra tall stand. At this past year’s Texas Music Educators Association conference, I stopped by the Manhasset booth and asked if they sold an extra tall trombone stand. The company doesn’t, but they pointed out […]

Interval quiz

August 5, 2017 at 2:34 am

I have built a new tool for those of us who teach introductory aural training. is a free, anonymous, browser-based interval identification practice app. A synthesized piano sound plays two notes (m2 – P8) either ascending or descending and then simultaneously. Students attempt to identify the interval and then receive immediate feedback. In case of […]