Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Practice

Be Prepared

September 8, 2015 at 1:25 am

The motto for most scouting organizations worldwide is some variant of “Be Prepared.” Boy scouts were never my thing, but that’s not a bad lesson to keep in mind. I was offered my current position at South Texas College less than a month before I needed to be on campus for my first day. In […]

Work Harder, Not Smarter

July 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

I’ve always prided myself on working smarter, not harder. Even back in grade school, I made a point of learning any concepts as quickly as possible and then declining to complete the homework that was intended to review and emphasize those concepts. In music, I’ve used my knowledge of history, theory, and physiology to eliminate […]

Balancing practice priorities

April 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

I previously posted about the compact form I use to log my practice in place of a free-form journal. The purpose of this form is to promote efficient notes about my practice without needing to invest a lot of time writing when I should be practicing. I designed this form based on my normal schedule, in which the bulk of […]

Recital Preparation

March 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

A solo recital is one of the most important activities in a musician’s schedule. It is one of the only places one can express his or her own artistic vision rather than being told what to play by a director or teacher. However, I think it can be difficult sometimes to even know where to begin […]