Benjamin Coy



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 […]

Happy new year!

January 1, 2015 at 3:11 am

In an effort to start 2015 off right, I’ve ported this site to new software and tweaked the template for mobile users. Not much has changed in terms of the site itself, but most pages will have moved to a new URL. Update your links if you have any! I think this is a good opportunity […]


July 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

When I was in high school, a composer visited our band for a clinic. During the question/answer session, I asked where he got the inspiration for the piece we were playing. His answer was a little disappointing to my 17 year old self: “I had a commission and a deadline. I had to get something […]