Music Education Resources

Music Education Resources from David Summer

As part of his concentrated music teaching efforts, David Summer has created a number of outstanding music education resources. These helpful music education resources are of particular interest to Flutists, Trumpet Players, Music Educators and Recording Musicians.

Resources for Flutists, Flute Teachers and Recording Musicians

Here are some excellent flute resources that David has created for his flute students and makes freely available to everyone. These helpful music education resources will be of special interest to all flutists, as well as instrumental teachers, band instructors, music educators and recording engineers who may have the good fortune to be recording flutists.

Flute Duet Podcast – As an audio, music education resource for flutists and flute teachers, David has recorded, and is podcasting, some of the duets from the book Selected Duets for Flute. This excellent flute duet book is familiar to flutists of all ages.

All of these classical flute duets are presented in two versions, one with both flute parts and one with the flute two only part to be used as a flute play along. This is an outstanding resource for progressing flute students, flute teachers and school instrumental music directors. Find these play along flute duets on David’s Flute Podcast page.

Recording the Flute – You may also be interested in David’s article on Recording the Flute. Published in Recording Magazine, this comprehensive article discusses recording the flute in a home recording studio.

Included in this flute recording article are sound clips demonstrating the effect of using different types of microphones, and different microphone positions, when recording the flute. This is a wonderful resource for all flutists as well as an important guide for recording engineers and musicians with home recording studios who may have the opportunity to record a flutist.

Resources for Trumpet Players, Trumpet Teachers and Recording Musicians

Trumpet Duet Podcast – As an audio resource for trumpet players and trumpet teachers, David has recorded, and is podcasting, some of the duets from the book Selected Duets for Trumpet. This superb trumpet duet book is familiar to trumpeters of all ages.

All of these classical trumpet duets are presented in two versions, one with both trumpet parts and one with the trumpet 2 only part to be used as a play along. This is an excellent resource for trumpet students, trumpet teachers and school instrumental directors. Find these play along trumpet duets on David’s Trumpet Podcast page.

Recording Brass Instruments – You may also be interested in David’s article on Recording Brass Instruments. Published in Electronic Musician Magazine, this article discusses recording the trumpet, trombone, French horn and other brass instruments in a home recording studio.

Also included in this brass instrument recording article are sound clips demonstrating the effect of using different types of microphones, different microphone positions, and doubling parts when recording brass. This is an wonderful resource for all brass players as well as important guide for recording engineers and musicians with home recording studios who have the opportunity to record a trumpeter or other brass player.

Brass Instrument Mutes – See extensive information from David on brass instrument mutes including descriptions of the most common types of brass mutes, how to place mutes inside of brass instruments, sample trumpet mute sound clips and pictures of various types of trumpet mutes.

Air de Trompette – Play Along – Trumpet sheet music, performance notes and play along accompaniment tracks to Air de Trompette, by Georg Philipp Telemann. This is a popular trumpet piece for trumpters who are interested in performing in church. David discusses the piece and presents his own performance as well as the trumpet sheet music and play along keyboard accompaniment tracks for student practice.

 Bop Duets, by Bugs Bower  – Performance notes and recordings of two duets from Bop Duets Volume One by Bugs Bower.

Jazz for Seniors, by Carl Poole – Performance notes and recordings of two duets from from the jazz duet book Jazz for Seniors by Carl Poole.

Resources for Instrumentalists and Music Educators

Instrumental Doubling – David discusses instrumental doubling, choosing your doubles and the effect of doubling on wind instrument embouchures. In particular, playing trumpet and flute or trumpet and trombone are discussed. Also, considerations for school band directors when students make their instrumental selections.

Renting vs. Buying Your Child’s Band Instrument – Comparing some of the advantages and disadvantages of buying vs. renting a musicial instrument for your elementary or middle school child.

Massachusetts District Bands – Information on Massachusetts District Bands, Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

MA school music students have the opportunity to perform with other outstanding students in the state in several different performing groups, including the Massachusetts Junior and Senior District bands.