Trombone player with a broken arm :(
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One of my 6th grade trombone students has broken her left arm. I don’t know how long her cast will be on, but she cannot hold her bone herself. Students need to come to lessons once a week, and she has been missing them because she cannot play. However, I feel like I should have her doing something. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
I would recommend having her attend her lessons, read the music and listen to what the class is doing so she doesn’t get so far behind, and having her play an “imaginary trombone slide” with her right arm. She will still get the practice of reading the music and having the physical motion of the slide. This happened to me when I was a 5th grade trombone player, and although it was a bummer to not be able to play, the cast came off relatively quickly in the grand scheme of things (especially when lessons are only once a week). Hope she heals soon!
Hi, my name is Jesse with Hyson Music. Injuries always present challenges in the band room but sometimes as Battene702 suggested, you have to be creative. This type of situation is always easier to work through with a motivated student. Obviously ‘buzzing’ into a mouthpiece or ‘imitating’ slide positions are not nearly as much fun as playing. That said, hopefully she will stay excited to participate and more importantly, she’ll will heal soon! Best of luck! 🙂
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