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Playing the Long Game: Planning Beyond Beginning Band with Your Beginning Brass Students

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  • We often teach our beginning brass students how to be successful as beginners. Will their success scale up? We often leave that to the next teacher, but new research suggest that the specific way that we start our students will have a profound impact on their later success. I discuss common beginning pedagogy and showcase potential limitations. I will introduce specific and applicable tips for beginning band educators that will help prepare young brass players for more long-term success.
  • Jason Sulliman (sulliman@troy.edu)
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  • Dr. Jason Sulliman is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Troy University and bass trombone tutor for the North American Brass Band Summer School as part of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Previous teaching positions include the University of North Alabama and Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana. He earned his DM in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University where he is also finishing a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. Dr. Sulliman has given hundreds of clinics, master classes, and presentations based on his research combining the disciplines of brass pedagogy, motor learning, and cognitive science and introducing a 21st-century approach to brass pedagogy. Dr. Sulliman also holds master’s degrees in conducting and performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Massachusetts. Jason is the current bass trombonist for the Meridian Symphony and is an active freelancer with several orchestras throughout the Southern region of the United States. His performance experience includes ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, and the Dallas Brass Quintet. Jason was involved with the Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway show, “Blast!” as a soloist, conductor, and music manager and over a 15-year period performed over two thousand shows with the company. Jason is proud to be an M & W Custom Trombone artist. More information can be found at www.jasonsulliman.com
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