From Stonemason to Sculptor

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Download Style Worksheet (pdf)

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Download Note Shape Presentation (ppt)

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Download Cresc+Dim Presentation (ppt)

Organized Files

Ensemble Skills Packet

What Works for Us


Presentation Notes:


We have to assume, during the “bricklaying” stage, we are ensuring that the students can do the following:


Play every note IN-TUNE/IN-TONE/IN-TIME at the correct VOLUME.


During the “bricklaying stage”, don’t worry about…

  • Note Shape

  • Tempo

  • Style

  • Articulation

On Staccato interpretation...

“sharp attack and abrupt release” – Vincent Persichetti

“brevity and detachment…dry but resonant” – Frederick Fennell

“shorten each note value more than normal” – John Paynter

“no accent – tongue easily, lightly” – William Revelli

“only as short as the music requires” – Clarence Sawhill

On Accenteed interpretation...

“more force than would ordinarily be used” – Francis Erickson

“the separation from one tone to the next” – Howard Hanson

“emphasized attack…moderate shortening” – Vaclav Nehlybel

“sharp attack and tone held” – Vincent Persichetti

”detache style…a la string bowing marcato” – William Revelli

On Tenuto interpretation...

“as legato as possible without accent – ‘soft-tongued’” – John Barnes Chance

“full value…minimum space between each note” - Frank Erickson

“sustained legato with emphasis on each tone” – Howard Hanson

“very little separation…slight emphasis or ‘leaning’” – Martin Mailman

“the whole duration is required” – Vaclav Nehlybel

On Marcato interpretation...

“very hard, strong accent with normal spacing” – John Paynter

“sharp accent with tongue, firm, no diminuendo” – William Revelli

“maximum emphasis on attack – Beethoven” – Frederick Fennell

“extremely harsh, sharp attack…considerable decay” – Vincent Persichetti

“strongly emphasized…sometimes shortened” – Vaclav Nehlybel













Contact Information:

Gerry Miller

Director of Instrumental Music - Coppell ISD

Director of Bands - Coppell HS

214.496.6475 (office)

Thanks to my Mentors:


Col. John R. Bourgeois
Dr. Joseph G. Hebert
Prof. Gwen Hotchkiss
Prof. John Reeks
Prof. Sue Loegering Daves
Mr. Anthony Frigo
Mrs. Joni Keller Boulet
Dr. Nicholas Williams
Mr. Scott Mason
Mr. Scott Taylor
Dr. Tom Shine
Mr. George Jones
Dr. Daryl Trent

Thanks to my Colleagues:


Adrian Caswell
Brandon Slovak
Kate Klontz
Annie Chernow
Matthew Rummel
Randall Nguyen
Rusty Gray
Josh Boyd
Jeremy Lindquist
Allie Guinn
Greg McCutcheon
Chantal Hoang
Bona Coogle
Aaron Coronado



Cecilia Hamilton
Sally Bohls
Sara McCallum
Jonathan Jones
Christy Springer
Jared Hunt
Andrea Denis
Jon Bohls
Donald Bruce
Jung Moo Lee
Doug Bush
Patricia Islas
David Cavazos

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