Updates! During the academic year I have very little time to update my website properly. This summer I have made it a point to correct that situation. I have started a new series on practical suggestions for improving your trombone playing, and I am finally working on finishing the Media Ensemble series as well. In addition [...] Read more →
Welcome to the website of Brian Thacker, Professional Assistant Professor of Music/Audio Technology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Before my appointment at TAMUCC I worked at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee where I taught the low brass studio, brass methods, music theory, and music industry courses dealing with technology. Prior to that I was am Instructional Technology Consultant in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I collaborated with faculty on integrating technology in the classroom, performance studies courses, and distance education.
Learning to play the trombone requires the mastery of a number of skills not common to other wind instruments. In fact, the concepts necessary for performing on trombone in a characteristic manner can rarely be achieved without having heard and watched trombone performers in a live situation. Sitting next to and playing along with a [...] Read more →
The previous post on the hardware used for the laptop ensemble was in large part developed in tandem with the connection process for the various pieces of equipment. In order to keep costs low, a decision was made to sacrifice extensive control over personal monitoring. Using a headphone splitter for each performer, and a mono [...] Read more →