This episode explores the importance of wellness for music educators. A continuation of my earlier conversation with him, it seems Gary Doherty still has a few things to left to teach to former student Bruce Faske—and to the rest of us!
If you’re interested in joining us on our journey, or even just following along, check out the hashtag #MEwell.
William Gary Doherty
An eclectic adventurer, William Gary Doherty brings a lifetime of Irish storytelling to everything he writes. With degrees in Music, Educational Administration and Educational Leadership Will brandishes a style of teaching that is provocative, creative, and utterly state of the art for the world in which we live. In addition to careers as a professional bassoonist and educator, Will is also a certified craft mixologist and wine specialist. His recent book, Wine 101 has been used by hospitality professionals to train staff, guests, and management in the basics of wine and slow-food hospitality. He has presented lectures and workshops for professionals in the United States, Central & South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In The Ignition Point: Striking the Match, readers are introduced to the power of shaping one’s destiny by retaking individual responsibility for our personal, professional, and spiritual health.
Bruce Faske is Artist Instructor of Trombone at Arkansas State University, where he teaches applied trombone lessons, conducts trombone choir, and performs with the Arkansas State Faculty Brass Quintet. He is also first trombone of the newly formed Diamond Brass Band of Northeast Arkansas, and second trombonist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in Columbia, MO. Prior to ASU, he served as Adjunct Instructor of Trombone and Euphonium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and maintained a large private trombone studio in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In addition to teaching in higher education, he is also interested in the development of younger trombonists, particularly the mastery of teaching beginner students in the first year of study. Faske has performed with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Waco Symphony, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and fellowships with the Festival Institute at Round Top (2008) and the National Music Festival at Washington College in Chestertown, MD (2012). In 2011 and 2013, he was a Participant in the Alessi Seminar, a week long international workshop led by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Faske has given solo recitals at Ouachita Baptist University and Colorado State University, and has performed as soloist at the 45th Annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University, with the Southeastern Symphonic Winds at the 2014 Southeastern Oklahoma Band Directors Association Clinic, the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble at the 2013 Alabama All State Festival, the University of West Georgia Brass Ensemble, the Texas State University Concert Band, and numerous public school bands. In addition, he was a semi-finalist in the 2006 U.S. Army Band’s Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition. His teachers include Jonathan Whitaker, Brent Phillips, Jimmy Clark, John McCroskey, Joseph Cox, Don Lucas, and Larry Campbell. Bruce Faske is a proud Artist for the Edwards Instrument Company.
Wellness for Music Educators: On this episode…
0:04:40 Why Bruce teaches
0:06:30 How a healthy lifestyle makes Bruce a better educator
0:08:24 Gary: “Do less, do better.”
0:10:02 “We are just using athletes using highly developed fine motor skills.…everything I do that makes me a better athlete makes me a better performing artist.”
0:11:43 Gary: Music education programs at universities give only a “gratuitous nod” to wellness
0:13:10 Why Bruce’s new daily routine begins before he goes to bed
0:14:33 Bruce’s morning ritual
0:15:28 How Bruce handles busy days & recharges his batteries
0:17:24 How Bruce approached building new healthy habits
0:21:18 Gary: The importance of a SUSTAINABLE workout routine
0:22:47 The importance of marketing to yourself
0:24:37 Change your mornings, change your life
0:25:48 Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
0:26:07 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
0:26:45 Bruce’s biggest reward
0:30:09 Gary on self-compassion
0:30:42 Gary’s rewards for himself (Almond Dream)
0:34:20 Positive self-talk
0:39:42 Gary: Highlighting the positive in a performance setting
0:41:48 Adding a layer of wellness to university music education degrees
0:46:22 Bruce: Personally ask students how they’re doing
0:50:32 Practical tips: how to get started
0:51:05 The most important thing we have to face
0:53:33 Get outside
0:55:24 How to find Gary’s book
0:56:17 Bruce at the Missouri Symphony Orchestra
1:01:52 The fear kicks in
1:02:11 What happens when you have a big heart
Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (affiliate link)
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg (affiliate link)
How To Improve Self-Esteem: A New Secret From Research by Eric Barker
Split Image by Kate Fagan: the story of a collegiate athlete who committed suicide