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National Teacher Appreciation Day – May 8, 2012

History of National Teacher Day

The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 5)

Andrew Hitz and Susie Ahrens performing in Grass Valley, CA

My Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz from May 27, 2011 (continued).

Me: Share one of your most memorable teaching experiences.

Andrew: Any time that I have been working with a student no matter what age, when you’re working on a concept [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 4)

My Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz from May 27, 2011 (continued).

Me: What do you like best about being a tuba player specifically?

Andrew: I definitely like being the foundation. I like being the bass line in a Dixie band. In a band, the tubas control the intonation, for [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 3)

My Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz from May 27, 2011 (continued). Me: What advice do you have for Music Teachers who will start young tuba players out? Andrew: If possible don’t hand a tuba to a kid who is like 2 foot 12. In general, a bigger kid will have more air capacity. Now [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 1)

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An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Andrew Hitz. Mr. Hitz is the tuba player for the Boston Brass and teaches at George Mason University and Gettysburg College. As an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, Andrew has conducted master classes in such places as Thailand, China, Germany, [...]

My Teaching Makes Kids Yawn

Recently, I had the privilege of working with two young tuba players at a friend’s high school. I was anxious to start working with them, but the band had a performance coming up and needed to do a run-through of their music. I had about 10 minutes to work with them before [...]

Goal Setting-The Range Journal

A blog post on goal setting by tubist, Andrew Hitz has inspired me to begin setting goals for my playing.

I picked up this Note Book at the CMEA conference with the intention of jotting down melodies that I would eventually turn into musical masterpieces. While I currently wait for inspiration, I had another [...]