Elaine Morgan Cutting is an alumnus from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she received a double degree in literary journalism and English. Starting out playing flute in seventh grade, Cutting was involved in an award-winning high school wind symphony and played with the UCI Pep Band. She interned in wind instrument marketing at...

Elaine Morgan Cutting is an alumnus from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she received a double degree in literary journalism and English. Starting out playing flute in seventh grade, Cutting was involved in an award-winning high school wind symphony and played with the UCI Pep Band. She interned in wind instrument marketing at Yamaha Corporation of America. She is now freelancing and mixing two of her favorite passions: writing and music.

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Phase Out Phasing Problems

Any elementary-level science class teaches students that sound and light travel at different speeds; in the context of marching band, this abstract concept becomes a real challenge. Directors may be faced with a frustrating mystery when the ensemble seems to be doing everything perfectly in the band room, yet it sounds so off on the field. The problem simply boils down to that science lesson.

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Black Violin's Kev Marcus Offers Teaching Tips

In the blog post, Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big, Kev Marcus shared how he formed Black Violin with Wil B. Marcus learned many valuable lessons from his music teachers throughout the years. These are the three keys that he regularly passes on to young musicians.

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Black Violin Dares Students to Dream Big

While in high school in the 1990s, Kevin Marcus Sylvester programmed his cell phone to play a Busta Rhymes rap song. The customized ringtone amazed his orchestra-mates, who eventually transcribed the whole piece and played it regularly together in class. 

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