An inside look at my life as a teacher and performer, with some random thoughts.

Meritable Music #1

Series of interesting musical stuff I find, #1: Shepard tone, a cool auditory illusion of a tone that continuously drops or ascends yet never gets any higher or lower The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest surviving example of a complete musical composition, including...

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A Midsummer’s tale

So, midway through the summer and I can finally start looking towards next year's projects, etc! Before I get to that, just a quick run-down of my "doings" this summer so far. I started the summer by attending a few conferences. The International Trumpet Guild...

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May Day!

It's summer!!!! Well, the month of May was filled with travel, performances, and loads of trumpet! I finished out the Spring Seraph Brass tour-- we played 11 shows and traveled all over the place! While always a challenge, I always feel like I've grown in so many ways...

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Tennessee living!

I can't believe it is March 2017! This year has really flown by, and I am having a great time in my new digs! Before the Fall semester began I was busy with a few activities: I gave a masterclass at the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts at Middle Tenn State...

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I’m not in Kansas anymore!

Well, I just finished my first week teaching at Tennessee Tech University and I am even more excited for what the future holds! I love my new colleagues, students, campus, town, and new home. I moved to Cookeville, TN on July 30th and had my first orientation meeting...

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Summer 2016

So as the summer comes to an end I find myself in new surroundings with new exciting opportunities for the year ahead. This summer, I was pleased to have the opportunity to serve as a campus co-liaison for the KY Governors Scholar's Program at Northern Kentucky...

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ITG 2016 – the recap!

Just got back from ITG 2016 and wow, what an awesome conference!!!! I think it was the best one I have attended in regards to the place (Cali!), artists (Big Phat Band!), and hotel! It was a vacation with trumpet concerts/clinics at every hour, so cool. Next year the...

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New Beginnings!

So I mowed the lawn last week, that means Summer is upon us! I love summer time, it is usually the time to travel, spend time with loved ones, and rejuvenate. That being said, this summer will be a little different... I have a busy summer and for the first time in...

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Spring is in the Air!

Taking a breather after a busy start to the 2016 Spring semester! Since January I presented at the OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), and TMEA (TX) conferences. I also performed as a soloist at the OMEA and KMEA conferences with the Fillmore Wind Band and Campbell County High...

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When things don’t go as planned!

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez, after being accidentally crowned as the Miss Universe pageant's winner by host Steve Harvey, called the mishap not only embarassing for herself, but for also for all Latina women in the competition. It was a tough pill to swallow I am...

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Happy Holidays!

Back in Northern Kentucky and looking forward to having the next 3 weeks off to practice, do yoga, clean/organize, etc!!! I just got back from the Midwest Clinic where I was fortunate enough to serve as a clinician. My session was called, "Brass Tactics- Building...

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Brass Tactics

Just finished the second week of classes for the 2015-16 academic year at NKU. I am starting my 7th year, and it has already been the best start to a year ever! I am extremely pleased and excited with the trumpet studio. We have already had 2 trumpet ensemble...

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Raquel Rodriquez

Trumpet Educator and Performer