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, […]

von Weber: Romanza Appassionata (Band)

January 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm

The Romanza Appassionata or Romance for trombone is a very important work in our repertoire. It’s one of the few truly Romantic-era pieces of substance that we have. It’s not terribly difficult, but it does contain some opportunities to show technique. It’s fun to listen to, and fun to play. Unfortunately, it almost certainly was not written for […]

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 […]