Розмовна тема: A very young musician

Розмовна тема: A very young musician

My name is Josh Broder and I am ten years old. I go to the Waynfleet School and I’m in the fifth grade. My teacher’s name is Mrs. Lightbody and my best friend is Matt Marston. My favorite subjects are art and science. My best sport is gymnastics. When I go back and forth to school, I usually carry my trumpet along with my schoolbooks. I have been playing the trumpet for three years now and I enjoy it very much.

Quite a few of my friends play musical instruments and this year I was invited to join the jazz band, which is made up of all eighth graders. There are sixteen people in our group. The instructor, Ray Morrow, starts each class by passing the trash can around the room so we can throw out our chewing gum. Then he says, “No food, no candy, and no talking.” He’s a tenor saxophonist, and he taught my brother, Yank, how to play when Yank was in high school. The jazz band rehearses a couple of times a week. Being part of this older group has really built my confidence – and they’ve taught me a lot.

Mark Fenderson is my trumpet teacher and I have a lesson once a week at the music studio. I take an hour of private instruction and a half hour of music theory, which is done on a computer. In my practice sessions we work on fundamentals of trumpet playing and musicianship. Mark teaches me things that are specific to my trumpet playing but he goes beyond that and covers general music concepts such as rhythm, intonation and style. Mark has a three level reminder system to help me remember what he’s told me. The first step is a^ gentle tap on the head with a music book. If the book doesn’t work, he says he’ll move to a heavier object -like a tennis racket or a wooden stick. The third and by far the most effective reminder is to pretend to strangle me.

Mark makes me laugh and that’s important. The main thing is to focus on what I’m doing without a lot of tension. A good musician should enjoy what he or she is doing. It’s all process, not product. When you sit down to play, you’re not supposed to worry about how it’s going to sound to other people. You just concentrate on playing your best; and if you make a mistake, you keep on going.

I try to practice every night for forty minutes. If I’m working on something new, I’ll study my score ahead of time. It’s crucial to be able to read new music accurately.

Early in the morning, before school and on weekends, I practice with the Deering High School Marching Band. It was a big honor to be asked to join the band and to play with people who are older and have more experience than I do. This year I marched with the band in the Veteran’s Day parade. It’s hard to march and play at the same time. The music clips onto a lyre attached to the slide of my horn. It jiggles up and down as I high-step, so it’s hard to read. And the mouthpiece is another problem! When I’m marching, my trumpet is moving, so it’s hard to keep the mouthpiece on my lips. Besides that, it was freezing!

For the past two summers, I’ve gone to a sleep-away camp called Interlochen. “Interlochen” means “between the lakes” and it’s in the woods ofMichigan. There are over thirteen hundred campers from all around the world who come here to study art, music, drama and dance – and to have fun.

The camp lasts for eight weeks, and we all sleep on bunks in wooden cabins. The campers are separated by age into division – Junior, Intermediate and High School. This year I was elected to represent my group -Junior Boys – in the Senate, which is our camp government. It’s like a student council. I couldn’t wait to go to camp again this summer because I knew I was going to have a great time and make some new friends.