Emily Moneymaker started playing the family instrument - trumpet - at the age of 8 and continues to play to this day. A graduate from the University of Southern California, she performed with the Trojan Marching Band. She now works in marketing in Los Angeles and writes for Halftime Magazine.

New to Teaching Strings?

After years of teaching band, you've just been told that you must also teach beginning orchestra. Panic sets in as you realize you don't know how to position your fingers, and you fear making screeching sounds in front of your students.

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Jazz Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon's Teaching Tips

In the blog post, Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All, we shared Gordon's dedication to teaching young musicians. Gordon works to continually evolve his techniques but relies on a few tried-and-true philosophies.

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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All

On a seemingly normal mid-April day, a group of jazz students at Columbia College Chicago are fixated on the man who's talking, world-class jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Their excitement is palpable. The lights shine down from above while the Artist-in-Residence's master class takes place. Gordon is so close that the students can see their reflection in his trombone.

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