Do you play your instrument? Or do you work at your craft?
What are we supposed to do with our brains and our attention? Listen!
Notes from Diana: Some time ago I asked colleagues what is necessary to help music majors become better prepared for our 21st century world. Many great ideas were suggested. One interesting conversation developed around the audition process for incoming college students, and how the current system might discourage students who do not have the privileges… Continue reading An Issue of Access by Julia Heinen
Note: this list is a work in progress that I’m fitting in between my job with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. If I’ve inadvertently left out a female orchestral player in an ICSOM orchestra, my deepest apologies! Please contact me at email@example.com so I may correct my mistake. Also, please alert me with any spelling… Continue reading Female Clarinetists In U.S. – Part One – ICSOM Orchestras
Last year a friend of mine offered a really great idea to help our orchestra. This person is a long-time member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. When I suggested this person talk with our management, the response was "No, no one wants to hear from someone my age." I was taken aback and saddened… Continue reading Listen to – and Learn From -Experienced Musicians
‘Done is better than perfect.’ This is my motto for Clarinet Divas, my website and life. Flylady gets the credit for this great motto. This motto especially applies to the writing of a Teaching Philosophy Statement! It took me a few weeks, but my Teaching Philosophy Statement is now up on my website HERE. It is… Continue reading Teaching Philosophy Statement Is Up On My Website
Several high school students recently came to me with tension, muscle weakness, pain, numbness or tingling. This was largely due to overuse, poor muscle tone and poor body positioning. The students were afraid to tell anyone, and they thought it was ok to continue playing through the pain. Mostly they didn’t want to let their… Continue reading Preventing Injury In Clarinet Students – Five Guidelines For Private Teachers and School Conductors
I’m transfering my website materials to a new website called DianaHaskellClarinet. It’s up and running! Which has meant updating/enhancing/dictionary-ing/thesaurus-izing/and so on. It’s tear-my-heart-out slow. Arduous. Worse than practicing long tones. I’d rather rearrange my sock drawer. And so on. Kidding. It’s actually been a thoughtful process of updating my philosophy statements for all age groups.… Continue reading Teaching Philosophies
I work with some of the finest colleagues anywhere. St. Louis Symphony musicians are known for graciousness towards visiting conductors, a high level of passion and musicality, and friendliness. I thought it might be fun to ask some of these wonderful musicians what they think is the most important part of playing in an orchestra.… Continue reading The Most Important Aspect of Playing In An Orchestra