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May 17, 2018

There's a unique concept that most great music education curriculums teach, and that's the neccessity of teaching to *your* community's needs. Over the past year, I've been in an extremely unique circumstance as the Low Brass Professor and Director of the Marching Band...

August 18, 2017

Throughout history, music has been used as a method of remembrance, a lifeline through dark days and as a way to heal after incredible tragedy. Below, I present Three pieces that have been written in that context. Leave a comment below if you resonated with any of them...

August 4, 2017

The below is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Beyond the Practice Room: Making Music in the Modern Age. If you wish to read the entire chapter, just click here, and I'll send if to you as soon as the Kickstarter goes live on August 11th. Please consider supporting the...

July 22, 2017

This conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity. You can find Stevan Morris on the website of Hamsa Handpans, his personal website, or his Facebook and Instagram pages            

Matt Waters: Today, we're here with Stevan Morris, founder and owner of Hamsa Ha...

June 24, 2017

Our music education system is broken. As I wrote about last week, we have a glut of very talented musicians being trained for a very small subset of the work available in the larger music industry. We’re stuck in the 20th century by assuming that the best way to prepar...

June 20, 2017

After the recent viral post The Orchestral Dream is Dead, Tigran from the Off The Podium podcast invited Matt Waters, founder of Phantom Brass, to discuss music education, pursuing an orchestral career, and his approach to finding a path through the music scene in Sout...

June 14, 2017

The orchestral dream is dead. The times in which young musicians could apply to the top-tier schools, work their butts off in a practice room for four years and have a reasonable shot at winning some sort of sustainable playing job is long gone. I'm not the first music...

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