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The Paper Clips (L-R: Chris Allen, bass trombone; Ben Bussey, tenor trombone; Lauren Husting, tenor trombone; Brooke Audette, bass trombone)
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Class Notes Concerts Preview: The Paper Clips

Welcome to Class Notes Concerts!

After a year of Virtual Class Notes Concerts, YourClassical MPR is returning to the classroom with In-Person School Visits and Live Virtual Concerts. 

Each year, YourClassical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of music.

For more information on booking a concert, check out our Class Notes Concerts 2021-2022 Artist Menu or contact

In the coming weeks, we will publish a Class Notes Concert Preview for each artist or ensemble. Find each preview on the YourClassical Music Lessons Page.

These previews will feature:

  • Audio and video of each ensemble/artist to use in the classroom or enjoy on your own.

  • Ideas, information, and activities to prepare students for an in-person concert or a Live Virtual Field Trip. This information can also be used as a reinforcement tool after students experience an in-person/live virtual concert or as a classroom resource. 

This Class Notes Concert preview features The Paper Clips.

1. Begin by watching and listening to The Paper Clips play a piece.

You probably noticed they all play the same instrument – the trombone. If you looked closely, you might have noticed that some of the trombones were slightly different sizes.

2. Let’s meet the four musicians in The Paper Clips. We will hear about each member of the trombone family and learn about how to produce a sound on the trombone.

Follow-up questions for discussion or journaling:

  • Can you explain how trombone players make a sound on their instrument?

  • What are some different parts of the trombone?

  • How does the slide change the sound on a trombone?

  • How does the size of each different kind of trombone affect its sound?

3. Now that we have learned about the different members of the trombone family, let’s hear how they work together to make music, kind of like voices in a choir.

4. Want to learn more about The Paper Clips and their music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact for more information about The Paper Clips.

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