Meri’s Musical Musings

More reasons piano students should study a second instrument (especially an orchestral one) seriously

Posted on: November 14, 2013

I wrote a previous post on why it’s important for piano students to study a second instrument, but here are two more reasons, and this is based on my husband’s work as a church music director.

First, many churches have limited funds to hire guest instrumentalists for Veteran’s Day in the US (Remembrance Day in Canada) which falls on November 11 for both, and often cannot hire a professional or advanced student trumpet player to play The Last Post, and get students in early middle school or even late elementary school to play it, who often miss many notes, especially the high ones. A music director who studied keyboard instruments exclusively is of little help here, but a music director who has experience as a successful school music teacher who produced excellent bands and orchestras or in their past was a successful professional musician in an orchestra, particularly if they were brass players, can be a major asset!

Second, if the music director is asked to organize and run a church orchestra, knowledge of other instruments tendencies and keys that are easy and difficult for various instruments, plus knowing the ranges of beginning, intermediate, and advanced players if dealing with a mixed group can help participants learn how to play their instruments beyond what is available in a school music program.


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