MARK ELY

MARK ELY portrait
  • Professor, School Of Music

Biography

In the Media

  • My three books continue to do well nationally and internationally and are cited in numerous publications. The Dictionary of Music Education was recently translated into Chinese. The Wind Talk books are used in many university/college courses already, and the number of sales are increasing each year. 12/2014.
  • Book Review for "Wind Talk for Brass" I needed this book for a college course on learning how to play trombone and trumpet and this book was a mandatory read. After some skimming, the tips it was able to provide on basic playing had me going in no time, this book is great! It is essential for any up and coming brass player and I highly recommend it! 10/2012.
  • Book Review for "Wind Talk for Woodwind"--This is an outstanding work that I am using as a college textbook for a class on Woodwind Techniques. The information is thorough, accurate, practical and well organized. It goes into enough detail on each woodwind instrument, but not so much that you get bogged down in rhetoric. Congratulations to the authors on publishing a book that has countless uses for teachers at all levels. I just wish something like this was around when I was in college. 09/2012.
  • An Interview with Banddirector.com regarding the "Wind Talk" books--. 08/2012. www.banddirector.com
  • Book Review for "Wind Talk for Brass" by John Korak on ITG Journal Online Article Index. 08/2012. http://www.trumpetguild.org
  • Book Review for "Wind Talk for Woodwind"--I am a peripatetic woodwind teacher, pretty new to the job, facing the prospect, as an oboist, of teaching flute, saxophone, bassoon & clarinet to varying standards. Many aspects of woodwind teaching are similar across the board, as this book points out in its first chapter, detailing in alphabetical order all the necessary teaching points shared by each instrument. Breath control & how to teach it (ie what language to use with students etc), tone quality, stamina - and so on, all covered in great detail and with examples of exercises that could prove useful in teaching. There follows an in-depth chapter on each instrument separately, talking about everything you need to know as a teacher & advanced student: embouchure, tonguing, alternate fingerings, vibrato & when to teach it... The fingering charts are great too; large diagrams with sensible labels on keys (not just L1, L2, L3 etc, sometimes so frustrating!) Ideas are given as to what kit a teacher needs to carry around with her/him too, with the occasional black & white photo. It was a risk purchasing this item for the price with no reviews, but I'm glad I did. At first glance it appears heavy & over-technical, but I'm reading it from cover to cover at the moment & learning so much. It will be OK to use as a 'dip-in' book too, due to the alphabetical lay-out. Spelling is American, but sofar, I've not come across anything that can't be used. An academic & wise investment! 08/2012.
  • Books About Music Review of "Wind Talk for Woodwinds"--Wind Talk for Woodwinds was published at the same time as Wind Talk for Brass (on the subject of brass instruments), by Oxford University Press. “The Windtalks” are already (they were published in 2009) used in several school instrumental programs. Wind Talk for Woodwinds is a much thicker book than Playing Woodwind Instruments, and can thus afford to be more thorough. Each of the most common woodwinds (such as flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, bassoons) are covered in detail, with thorough information on the different concepts associated with the performance of each individual instrument. The “Practical Tips” section is perhaps particularly useful, since it points out those common pitfalls and errors, which one does best to avoid as early in the game as possible. 08/2012. booksaboutmusic.org
  • Article and book reviews are readily available on the internet. 2010.
  • The Dictionary of Music Education has been marketed around the world in both academic and non-academic venues. 2009.