Vespertine Formations

This is a music/education themed blog ran by The Man Octave (themanoctave.tumblr.com).

I'm a Senior at Ball State University studying Instrumental/General Music Education, with a primary on trumpet. My musical passions primarily lie in worship, jazz, folk, and chamber music. You can also view my online teaching portfolio by clicking the world icon below.

This blog will serve as a place to express my thoughts and share my love of music throughout my endeavors as a musician. Mostly, you'll just see pictures of instruments, but I like to post education related and personal things about music/education as well. My OC will typically be tagged with #personal. Enjoy!
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choirjokes:

So if sopranos get basses, and tenors get sopranos, what do altos get?

Cats. Lots of Cats. 

Submitted by anonymous

(via a-high-school-seniors-band-blog)

roman-numerals:

professor-van-helsing:

digg:

This pizza place has a very good idea

yes yes yes

The owner, a 28-year Army vet, will even help students with their assignments “to the extent that I can.”

NO, NO, I’M NOT CRYING.

(via yer-a-blizzard-harreh)

vincentvanghoul:

waitingwanderlust:

majoras-windwaker:

So I cut it with a flat one instead.

i bet a lot of people reblog this and don’t understand it

even if you don’t know a lot about instruments you can use context clues to get the joke
so I think most people who reblog it are in fact getting the joke

(via a-high-school-seniors-band-blog)

teachingtoday:

girlcanteach:

humansofnewyork:

"I was an English teacher. The demands of the system required that I give out grades, but I never felt good about it. How do you grade someone’s writing? Writing is about revision. It’s about access to self. If a student writes a poem, and it’s the best they can do at the moment, how are you supposed to compare that to the student sitting next to them? How are you supposed to give one a 90, and one an 85?"

This is how I feel.

This.

  • Bassoon: I AM NOT AN ENGLISH HORN I AM NOT AN ENGLISH HORN
  • Bassoon: I AM NOT AN ENGLISH HORN
  • Bassoon: STRAVINSKY PLS

dennisbrain:

decrescendo for what

(via a-high-school-seniors-band-blog)

tubatron-2000:

thelovekickstarts:

noordinaryartist:

life-luxuries:

zacharydean:

decidedlydusty:

(via BAND! #05)

Dee picks her instrument in today’s BAND!

I love this.

noordinaryartist
reminded me of you even though you don’t play tuba xD

I mean, I did almost try to march contra ;P

I know two girls who weren’t big n marched contra, and I know another chick, tall but skinny, who plays the euphonium, I believe. Low brass girls = hype swag.

This is important

I taught at a school last summer that had 12 kids in the sousa section for the marching band. There were only 4 boys. Those girls kicked butt, too.

Today, I was working an instrument petting zoo like this comic, and the most talented kid I had was trying out every instrument we had, and I told her she should pick up either trombone or euph (which I later found out, were what she wanted all along).

There was also a boy who came up in a jersey and baseball cap, and he was amazing on flute. His dad even encouraged him to pick it even though he was a trumpet player.

Let the kids play what they enjoy playing. They turn out to be better and happier musicians in the long run.

(via csharp-melodicminor)

But not like with animals or anything.

The local symphony orchestra was hosting an arts appreciation event on my campus, and I was working the “Petting Zoo” table with all the instruments for kids to try out and experiment with. I had everything from toddler’s trying to eat the instruments to 5th/6th graders showing off for their parents. It was a cool experience, and I learned a few tricks from watching my peers teach their primary instruments to the kids. It was interesting to see how differently each kid reacted to the different instruments, and also how my peers and I handled teaching them about instruments that weren’t our primaries.

thosechoirproblems:

"Sopranos."
-Choir Problems

thosechoirproblems:

"Sopranos."

-Choir Problems

(via a-high-school-seniors-band-blog)