Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Academics

Tackling “the difficult stuff”

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

Let’s face it: playing an instrument is really, really difficult. Even the “basics” that most people cover in their first year or so are a substantial challenge. Think about it: you have to master a new set of physical skills, including precise control of muscles you might not have even known were voluntary. You have to become […]

Distributed responsibilities

October 22, 2016 at 1:14 am

In my position at South Texas College, I conduct the large Symphonic Band, a medium-sized group called the Chamber Winds, and the small Brass Ensemble. I had done some conducting before, but never as such a large part of my daily activities. Prior to my appointment at the college, I was primarily a performer, with teaching a […]

Tuning Drones

March 29, 2016 at 8:42 am

I am pleased to announce the launch of http://www.tuningdrones.com/. This site replaces my old “Bone Drones” recordings with a fully customizable solution. In addition to selecting any pitch in any octave, this drone can also play octaves, fifths, and major or minor triads – in either equal temperament or just intonation. The app includes 14 different timbres […]

The Problem With School

January 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Since I began preschool, I have spent only six years away from school. I took three years off between my master’s and my doctorate, and it took three years after I finished the doctorate to find a teaching job. But other than those six years, I have always been in school in some capacity. I […]