Tuesday, June 21
5:00 PM - CLINIC: Vincent DiMartino
Using the Trumpet Ensemble as a Teaching Tool
Grand Hotel Grand Ballroom
This presentation will discuss and demonstrate how to use your trumpet ensemble to teach comprehensive musicianship to your students while exploring the literature for various sized trumpet ensembles. The CentreTrumpets will perform several prepared works as well as sight read and be called upon to discuss basic musical principles in the pieces read.
Scott Brown, reporter
Play for the knowledge, not the concert. This was a phrase that was repeated, in a roundabout way, many times during Vincent DiMartinos clinic on the use of trumpet ensemble in the school setting. The key word in the title of his talk is teaching. DiMartino stressed teaching the members of the ensemble to be responsible musicians, rather than simply spending every second of every rehearsal perfecting the music for your concert.
DiMartino used his students as guinea pigs for the clinic often putting them on the spot to answer questions about what they could have done better or why a particular passage worked or didnt work. He mentioned that this is also a great way to teach students in class by putting the responsibility, to figure out the problem, in their hands.
DiMartino aimed this clinic toward the small college setting, similar to his position at Centre College. Many of the students that come through his studio have never had formal lessons, and their only prior musical experience is often their high school marching band. Some small colleges may not even have a wind band, so the trumpet ensemble can play a central role in developing ensemble skills. The clinic was well received by an audience that was eager to listen and learn.