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A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

5 Exercises to Improve Your Rhythmic Precision and Feel

BY DIEGO MALDONADO via www.learnjazzstandards.com When we are new to learning a musical instrument, we want to learn the cool stuff; the stuff that has a bunch of notes in it. We want to show off to our peers how good we are getting by playing complicated stuff filled with a whole lot of notes. In the process, we overlook the silence or the rests in music. It is a phase we all go through, and it is necessary and valid. However, when we start maturing and comparing our playing with professional musicians, it hits us, and we start realizing what makes the difference between a professional sounding player and an amateur musician. It is phrasing and rhythmic precision; the space in between the notes and between the phrases. It is not how many notes they play, but the ones they don’t. It is not...

National Association of Music Merchants – 2018 NAMM Show

THE NAMM SHOW  is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.  This year’s NAMM Show will take place January 25-28, 2018. As an attendee, you can… Explore products from more than 2,000 exhibitors, showcasing over 7,000 brands. LEARN from industry experts at hundreds of educational sessions. Connect with other industry professionals at more than 150 networking events. Spot i...

Touring with a Pit Orchestra

BY: BRETT MCDONALD via www.majoringinmusic.com Touring with a pit orchestra is a career option for young musicians who opt for gaining travel and experience before settling down. Large national and international tours bring musical theatre to local audiences around the world. The pit orchestra is a key part of it all, along with the vocals, choreography, acting, extravagant set designs, and fantastic musical scores. Doubling is Essential Touring orchestras for musicals are usually reduced in size from where they were originally staged, due to the cost of traveling. As a result, the musicians are typically required to perform at a high level of artistry on a number of instruments (“doubling”), and are expected to cover as many parts of the full score as possible. Woodwind performers can be ...

Tempo Vs. Time Feel and Tips On Improving Them

BY: DIEGO MALDONADO via www.learnjazzstandards.com As a professional drummer and educator, I’ve taught many students and I’ve noticed that many of them are concerned about their tempo. They always ask for advice on how to improve or overcome their tempo issues. However, rarely has a student asked me about time feel. I’ve found that in many cases, students of all instruments are confused with the two terms. And on many occasions when they ask about tempo issues, they are really talking about time feel issues or the other way around. Tempo and time feel are two greatly related concepts, they complement each other. If you have a good grasp on tempo, it is most likely you going to have a nice feel, and vice versa. However, you don’t necessarily need one to have the other; for instance, you can...

National Saxophone Day – November 6th

NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY via National Day Calendar National Saxophone Day commemorates the birth of the woodwind’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, on November 6.  The saxophone is one of the main instruments in jazz music. Born on November 6, 1814, Adolphe Sax invented many musical instruments including the saxophone.  Sax constructed saxophones in several sizes in the early 1840s and on June 28, 1846, received a 15-year patent for the instrument.  The patent encompassed 14 different versions of the fundamental design, split into two categories of seven instruments each and ranging from sopranino to contrabass. After Sax’s patent expired in 1866, several saxophonists and instrument manufacturers implemented their own improvements to the original design and key work. Here is a list of some of the Saxo...

2018 Atlanta Unified Auditions & Interview Registration NOW OPEN

Do you live in the Atlanta region or have thought about pursuing the arts in the area?  The 2018 Atlanta Unified Auditions and Interviews (design, tech, stage management, and musicians) will be held March 5 -6, 2018. Registration is NOW OPEN!  Applications are due January 5, 2018. Check out the events below for more information about the auditions, interviews, and registration: 2018 Atlanta Unified Audition Information 2018 Atlanta Unified Design/Tech Interview Information Break a Leg! Visit the  C4 Atlanta Unified Auditions website and FAQ to learn more.

Voice Over Auditions by the Numbers

By KATE McCLANAGHAN via www.backstage.com How many auditions do you imagine it takes to land a single voiceover job? Five? Ten? Twenty? There must be an average. There is, but it’s likely to be a great deal more than you might think. You build your professional reputation as a voice talent and as an actor by consistently delivering exceptional auditions. Lots and lots and lots of them. Which is why tenacity is such a critical element to succeeding in this (or any business). So if it’s walking and chewing gum you’re after, best keep walking. There’s not much demand for that. You can’t underestimate that the bulk of your job as a professional talent is auditioning. You could even consider auditions your greatest form of promotion—they just shouldn’t be your only form of promotion (as it appe...

The “Forward Placement” Chart

MATTHEW EDWARDS explores the use of voice placement charts, like the one  pictured from Lilli Leghmann’s  book “How to Sing“, as a way for voice teachers to communicate with their students.  He goes on to say in his article,  “while some students may find placement charts such as the one above useful, many others will not. If you are getting good results with all of your students using placement terminology – great. However, if a student fails to respond, it is likely because their perceptions of resonance are different than yours or the creator of the charts they are using. For those students, focusing on vocal function will yield much better results than continuing to force the voice into a place it does not want to go. If you feel like your description of placeme...

Cruise Ship Musician Life

Cruise Ship Musician Life: An Insider Look at Life Aboard A Cruise Ship BY  WWW.LANDAUMUSIC.COM Every day is a new adventure when you’re traveling the world as a cruise ship musician.  Life on board has pros and cons but the benefits and experiences are so worth it. I’ve worked with thousands of cruise ship musicians all over the world and even traveled the world as a cruise ship musician myself. Here I lay out all the details of the cruise ship musician life (both good and bad). So grab your tropical beverage and imagine what life could be like playing your next gig while sailing the high seas. A Traveler’s Lifestyle Life as a cruise ship musician begins with travel. Alaska, Asia, Australia, Baltic, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mediterranean…if there is a large body of water, chances are there is a...

Ear Training Month : Master Intervals

BY BRENT VAARTSTRA – www.learnjazzstandards.com We are kicking off a brand new series this month called Ear Training Month. When it comes to becoming a better musician of any kind, ear training is on the top of the list. Having great ears can make all of the difference between a mediocre and a great jazz musician. The fundamentals of ear training are essential for playing what you hear in your head and developing the infrastructure needed to have killer ears. Ear Training Month is preceding the launch of our brand new ear training course called “How to Play What You Hear.” This course was created to help students practice ear training in a structured way using 4 important steps. Over the next 4 episodes we will be covering those 4 steps which are: Master Intervals. Recognize Chords. ...

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