Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

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 […]

Grips and supports

May 31, 2018 at 1:29 am

When I was in college, the Bullet Brace from Edwards was a new and exciting innovation to help bass trombonists deal with the arms race of ever increasing trombone sizes. Since then, the market has exploded with semipermanent solutions like the Bullet Brace, to minimalist straps and grips that fit over any horn, to very large […]

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, […]