Presenter Spotlight: Lectures

The ITF is the go-to spot for cutting-edge research in the areas of pedagogy, performance practice, history, and all things trombone and trombone-related!  Continuing in the great tradition of the ITA/ITF supporting the academic side of tromboning, we have many thought-provoking lectures on the program this year in Iowa City.

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Check out the overview of the upcoming ITF lectures below!

WEDNESDAY

2:00pm

Lecture/Workshop: The Alexander Technique for Trombone Players and Teachers

Brian McCullough, Affiliate Faculty, University of Minnesota

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REHEARSAL HALL 2400

The Alexander Technique is a method of self-improvement, skill, and poise. Find out how the Alexander Technique — from a trombonist’s perspective — leads to optimal functioning, reduction of medical problems, comfortable playing, and life-long skill development.  Topics include: 1) natural, effortless breathing; 2) optimal head-neck-back coordination for technical control; 3) a better form of relaxation; and 4) watching an actual Alexander Technique lesson.  Also come to the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:00am Floorwork Sessions to learn how to apply the Alexander Technique on your own.  Brian is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

THURSDAY

9:00am

Lecture: Collaborative Voice: A Performer’s Guide to Commissioning

Dr. Russ Zokaites

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STARK OPERA STUDIO

Commissioning new work can be a daunting task. Questions will include everything from funding and composer selection to instrumentation and future of the work. After commissioning 21 works for the bass trombone, I have found four phases that have simplified the commissioning process. In Collaborative Voice: A Performer’s Guide to Commissioning, we will exam the process in several of these commissions. These case studies with provide insight to Composer Selection, Motivating a Composer, Concept Development, Composition, and Rehearsal phases of each commission.

9:30am

Lecture/Demonstration: Pedagogy of Timing

Dr.  Jason Sulliman, Assistant Professor of Trombone, Troy University

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REHEARSAL HALL, VOX 2400

In this session I will present a brief summary of modern scientific theories regarding how the brain and body keep time using recent developments in neuroscience and kinesiology. I will compare these with concepts that traditionally shaped conventional practice techniques involving timing. The discrepancies may surprise you. I then introduce some new twists on old technology- the metronome, and share tools and apps that can boost productivity with developing timing. This session is beneficial for teachers and individuals that are interested in improving timing for themselves and/or their students and transferring timing skills from the practice room to the performance more effectively.

10:30am

Lecture: The Mindfulness Buzz: Finding Focus in a Distracting World

Dr. Timothy Conner, Associate Professor of Practice/Instrumental Performance, University of Miami

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REHEARSAL HALL, VOX 2400

Being  more  fully  present,  in the  moment, is  a skill  that all musicians  value  and cultivate in their performing  lives.  Mindfulness practice delivers  just that: the ability  to pay attention  more fully to what is happening. These  are evidence-based  practices, and are now being widely recognized  as valid and effective  practices that enhance one’s mental fitness  and well-being. In this session,  we will spend twenty minutes discussing  the basic tenets of recent research, and the  growing Mindfulness in Education  movement, followed by a twenty-minute practice of lightly  guided meditation that uses  the sensation of breathing as a focal point. A short discussion  will follow, where we  are able to share our experience with this practice and ask questions.  This will be a great  introduction to mindfulness practice for anyone who is curious.

Noon

Lecture: The Art and Science of Trombone Teaching

Dr. Andrew Glendening, Professor of Trombone, University of Redlands

Julia Broome-Robinson, Arizona State University (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

REHEARSAL HALL, VOX 2400

Are you looking for new, reliable teaching ideas? This session will take pedagogical concepts into real life situations using decades of lessons learned as a trombone professor, years of research, and experience from 10+ years of the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar. This session is specifically for teachers to help “bring it all together” to give their students the best possible experience. This is intended to show one approach to putting it together to create a guiding philosophy of teaching.

2:00pm

Lecture: Marketing & Branding for Musicians

Karen Cubides, CEO, Cubides Artist Management

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CHORAL REHEARSAL ROOM, VOX 5

Join Karen Cubides as she discusses strategies to increase brand identity and awareness for musicians. As the CEO of her own business, Karen has experience working with top 5 orchestras, music manufacturers, and festivals, and has recently created a curriculum for young professionals. Through her experiences, she has learned the importance of the personal brand. Come learn how to run your own social media, take photographs, design a website, and create a press kit. You will leave this talk with the tools needed to promote your career and create your own projects.

2:30pm

Lecture: Concepts and Pedagogical Ideas of the Legendary Teacher, Mr. Gilberto Gagliardi

Joao Luiz Areias, Trombone, Professor de Trombone da Universidade do Rio de Janeiro

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REHEARSAL HALL, VOX 2400

This Lecture is about the Books, Concepts and Pedagogical Ideas from my Teacher, the Legendary, Mr. Gilberto Gagliardi. The Presentation will discuss the many influences of Mr. Gagliardi on the Brazilian Way of Teaching. It will show the Techniques and Characteristic Styles of Brazilian Music in Etudes, Exercises, Duets, Solo Pieces and Chamber Music for Trombone in which Mr. Gagliardi was a True Pioneer!

FRIDAY

9:00am

Lecture/Demonstration: Healthy Movement for Musicians

Jerry Hyman

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RECITAL HALL

The act of tromboning is fraught with perils. One’s strategy for respiration, standing, sitting, reaching and grasping, (marching, oy) are intimately inter-related. A fault in any one of these actions can potentially pollute the entire functional pool and ultimately be expressed in performance. Posture is an action. Any hiccups may have not only local effects but anatomical, neurological and functional expressions in what comes out of the bell.  This presentation will illuminate how these aspects are connected and will demonstrate specific remedies (homework) for shoulder blade behavior (horn hoisting & holding), the left arm gridlock festival, rib cage mobility and the butt-chair interface.

9:30am

Lecture: Building a Studio: How to Retain Students with Early Mornings and Doughnuts

Dr. Benjamin Yates, Professor of Trombone, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dr. Paul Morton, Professor of Trumpet, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

REHEARSAL ROOM, VOX 5

Recruiting the right students is just part of creating a successful studio. Using early mornings and doughnuts, students can learn the practice skills they need to find success in their studio. This presentation includes self-study material addressing student retention challenges and illustrates how to create a constructive studio space that encourages student leadership and teaches successful practice techniques. The presentation will include doughnuts and coffee!

10:00am

Lecture: Valsalva, Musical Stuttering, Dystonia…? Discussion of a unique performance disorder

Eric Wallace, University of North Texas (Doctoral Candidate)

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RECITAL HALL

Valsalva maneuver, musical stuttering, stutter tongue; these are all names used to describe a problem that is known to negatively impact the ability to play the trombone. The academic literature on this topic is currently insufficient for describing, understanding, preventing, or treating this problem. Without scientifically derived insights, trombonists, pedagogues, and performing arts health clinicians are often left guessing about when and how to intervene before the problem becomes serious enough to potentially end a career. This presentation will discuss this concern while contextualizing the problem as a potential performance disorder.

10:30am

Lecture: All About the Trombone IV

Per Brevig, New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Retired); The Juilliard School

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REHEARSAL HALL 2400

Per Brevig, principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 26 years, offers reflections on a long career of performing, teaching and conducting, with an emphasis on teaching the trombone.

11:00am

Lecture/Master Class: The Music of Arthur Pryor

SFC Todd Sturniolo, US Army Field Band

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REHEARSAL ROOM, VOX 5

Sergeant First Class Todd Sturniolo of the US Army Field Band will present a primer on the performance practice of the music of Arthur Pryor.  Sturuniolo earned his Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Steve Witser. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, where he studied with James Erdman. SFC Sturniolo is an active trombonist, performing in the trombone section and as soloist with the Concert Band. He has also appeared as a guest artist and soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 2003, he was a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Band. SFC Sturniolo has also served as an adjudicator for International Trombone Association competitions.

2:30pm

Lecture: Crossing Over: Versatility for the 21st-Century Trombonist

Dr. Chris Buckholz, Professor of Trombone, University of New Mexico

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STARK OPERA STUDIO

This masterclass will discuss the advantages of learning classical and jazz/Latin/commercial styles on the trombone, and the techniques used to reach that goal. Real world examples of music careers will be given, as well as concrete techniques to apply to your secondary styles. The nuts and bolts of becoming a crossover trombonist will be discussed in detail. No matter if you’re a seasoned veteran or a young student, focused on orchestral or jazz/commercial playing, you will be able to take away information that can enhance your career. Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America.

SATURDAY

9:00am

Lecture: What’s your W.H.U.T.?

Gary Mayne, MA LMHCA

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VOX 5 CHORAL REHEARSAL ROOM

In a world of buzz words and what’s trending, this presentation will provide tools to dig beyond the surface into accessing your strengths.  Your strengths will be defined, surfaced, and ignited allowing you to incorporate them into your trombone playing, your teaching, and your LIFE!

Lecture: Dr. Benjamin Coy, Brass Instructor, South Texas College

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Jazz Pedagogy for Classical Repertoire

REHEARSAL HALL, VOX 2400

Current trombone degree plans often specialize in either “jazz” or “classical” repertoire and require students to choose between the two. This artificial rift between the two disciplines is detrimental to artists on both sides of the divide. Some of the most celebrated musicians in our field refuse any genre label and are fluent in multiple idioms. This session surveys principles often taught in a “jazz” context from the perspective of a “classical” education. Trombonists who have been limited to a “traditional” context will be introduced to benefits available in “jazz” study, while remaining within the landscape of “classical” repertoire.

11:30am

Lecture: Galant Performance Practice: Performing the Galliard Sonatas

Dr. Mike Hall, Professor of Trombone, Old Dominion University

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RECITAL HALL

Trombonists everywhere play the Galliard sonatas. Playing them ‘clean and clear’ is never wrong, but there is so much more. They are galant music and should be played in that style. In this presentation, Mike Hall will define the concept of galant, introduce galant gestures and demonstrate solutions for embellishment, phrasing and style that take them to a new level of artistry. He will also introduce a simple way to improvise free embellishment. Scores will be projected on screen and he will play examples from his recording, Johann Ernst Galliard: Six Sonatas, to demonstrate solutions for everything from trills to improvisation.

 

SEE YOU IN IOWA CITY!

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