Aaron Hodgson

MESA Presentation 2024: Making the most of masterclass

Trumpet performance reflection Follow-up readings we really like Hanken, I. M. (2017). The Role and Significance of Masterclasses in Creative Learning. In J. Rink, H. Gaunt, & A. Williamon (Eds.), Musicians in the Making: Pathways to Creative Performance. Oxford University Press. Available to read online through Western Libraries. Long, M., Creech, A., Gaunt, H., Hallam, …

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MESA 2023 Presentation: Confronting Perfection in the Teaching Studio

Blier-Carruthers, Amy. “The Problem of Perfection in Classical Recording: The Performer’s Perspective.” The Musical Quarterly 103, no. 1–2 (December 1, 2020): 184–236. https://doi.org/10.1093/musqtl/gdaa008. Bose, Sudip. “In Praise of Flubs: The Pursuit of Perfection Has Taken All the Personality out of Recorded Classical Music.” The American Scholar 74, no. 1 (2005): 115–18. Burns, David D. Feeling …

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Happy Canada day! A round-up of Canadian music for trumpet

Tomorrow, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. I love this country (warts and all): I’m proud of our arts and culture, our society, our national quirks and I’m especially proud to contribute to Canada’s future by working and teaching here. Many classical musicians in Canada feel detached from their nation’s composers. I think that’s especially true …

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Twisted sounds

Have you ever made a small error in a concert and thought to yourself, “This concert is a total failure! I’ve completely blown it!” Or have you been in the practice room and thought, “Tomorrow’s lesson is going to be a disaster! I always play terribly in lessons!” Or how about this one: have you …

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Point Pelee and Grand Russian Fantasia with Toronto Winds

On Thursday, I’ll be performing as featured soloist with the Toronto Winds. I’ll be playing Howard Cable’s Point Pelee and Jules Levy’s Grand Russian Fantasia at the Atlantic Festival of Music. The festival brings students from across Atlantic Canada to southwestern Ontario, and the concert will be held on campus at Western University.