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 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 things as well. My OC will typically be tagged with #personal. Enjoy!
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One of my biggest pet peeves as a musician is when musicians/teachers who don’t play jazz refer to swung eighths as dotted-eighth-sixteenths rather than triplet eighths.

We’re doing peer teachings focused on lyric dictation, singing, and a musical concept. This one girl who taught today decided to do “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” from Frozen and could barely get through the lesson without someone bursting into song. Since 80% of my class is vocal majors, it was quite a way to start the morning.

Spent a good portion of the morning/afternoon recording a rough take of Cornerstone by Hillsong with the lovely and talented Rachel. It was our first attempt at recording together, and my first attempt recording something more than just instrumental tracks. We’ve been working on a few songs to cover and get experience with the recording/producing/studio process. Hopefully when it’s all said and done and we finally start writing songs together, we will have a better understanding of each other and the different processes.

Anyway, it was a BLAST, but it wore me out and taught me a lot about my playing and singing that I don’t normally realize. I’ll most likely post some of the final products here for you guys in some way or another.

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Obligatory practice room selfie from a few days ago from when I had to teach that morning and play a concert later that evening. I’m sorry.

Mute repair!!

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