Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Practice

Perspective

February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

Today, violinist and music advocate Holly Mulcahy posted a blog entry about happiness. She’s absolutely right, and everyone should take a few minutes right now to read it. Mulcahy focuses on the interpersonal ramifications: how your happiness (or lack thereof) affects other people, and vice versa. I’d like to emphasize her first point about goals. She […]

Hearing great music

February 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

This has been a week of great keyboard players in Columbus. Thursday night, I subbed with the Columbus Symphony playing Prokofiev’s third piano concerto with Lang Lang. Then, last night, I went to a local church to hear Michael Murrayplay a solo organ recital. Both men are internationally revered, and their performances this week were exhilarating. These […]

How long should I practice?

December 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

The question music students ask most often is probably “How long should I practice?” We’d all like to hear some definitive figure, as in “If you practice six hours a day you’ll be successful, guaranteed,” but it’s clear such a clean answer does not exist. One answer could be “practice until you’re tired.” But, sometimes […]

Summer Priorities

June 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Summer’s a slow time for most musicians. For those associated with a school (either as a student or a teacher), classes are usually out for a couple months. A random lesson or special event here or there may happen, but the schedule is much lighter. Symphony orchestras are also on hiatus, and even ensembles with […]