How Your Flute Works (Part 2). by Jeff Dening...

May 2, 2018 by

Part 2: Use Your Words   Imagine a young student is asked to name a particular note on their music and instead of saying, “F#”, they hold up the instrument and show the fingering.  Every teacher has run into this. Every repair technician has run into this as well...

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How to Stay in Good Flute Shape: Maxim Rubtsov’s “Three C’s”...

May 2, 2018 by

Maxim Rubtsov is principal flute of the Russian National Orchestra, leader of the RNO Wind Quintet, soloist, recording artist and flute teacher. I first met Maxim Rubtsov in the fall of 2010 when he was a featured performer for the University of Alabama’s Celebrity Series.  Since that time, we...

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Master Classes and Lessons at the Gonjiam Festival. by Barbara Siesel...

Apr 2, 2018 by

At the Gonjiam Music Festival, master teachers from around the world give open lessons to over 60 students attending the festival. I tried to attend as many of these classes as possible since I’d never heard any of these wonderful flutists and pedagogues teach before and I love learning...

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Your Career Starts NOW! Interview with DMA student, Jeiran Hasan...

Feb 1, 2018 by

7 Tips to Jumpstart Your Career While in School Jeiran Hasan, DMA student at University of Iowa   In today's musical landscape, transitioning from a student to a professional real world musician can be a challenge.  But it doesn't have to be!  I had the opportunity to sit down...

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Keeping Long Tones Fresh. by Francesca Arnone...

Feb 1, 2018 by

Dr. Francesca Arnone has been featured as a flute and piccolo soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator in the US and abroad. For the past 25 years, she has held Principal Flute, Second Flute, and Piccolo positions in the US and Mexico, and this season is performing with...

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The Benefits of Slow Practice. By Anna Luther...

Jan 2, 2018 by

I have lost count of the number of times I have been told as a student to engage in "slow practice." I'm equally at a loss as to the number of times I've passed on this direction as a teacher. "Try that section again, slowed down." "When you work...

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From Beginner to Co-Principal in 5 Years. By Hannah Haefele...

Jan 2, 2018 by

Remember that day in elementary school when the band teacher visited your class to show off the band instruments? I do. That was the day I wanted to play the flute. I went home and asked my parents if I could learn flute. They said no. I understand why....

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How to STAND OUT in a world of SPAM. by Fluterscooter...

Dec 1, 2017 by

Black Friday. Giving Tuesday. Cyber WEEK (didn't it used to be just Cyber Monday?)  As we're in the midst of holiday Spam Season, I thought it would be a good time to share what has been on my mind lately.  Every year, I feel worse and worse about sending...

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Is your Social Media feed affecting your self-esteem and productivity? by Fluterscooter...

Dec 1, 2017 by

How many times have you checked Instagram today?  Facebook?  Twitter?  Are you looking at your phone as you're reading this article?  How many times did you check your phone during your last practice session?  These modern technologies are not only causing us to become more distracted and disconnected, but...

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Canary in a Coalmine Project. By Lois Herbine...

Nov 1, 2017 by

Lois Bliss Herbine is an internationally renowned solo piccolo recording artist. All six accompanied recordings from her CD, Take Wing, including premieres of Michael Daugherty, Daniel Dorff and Vincent Persichetti, can be heard on radio stations across the United States. The Gramophone hails her recital as “high-flying” and Music Web International...

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A Cave, a Bone, a Flute. By Arlene Keiser and Nancy Horowitz...

Nov 1, 2017 by

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of our soul.” (Anon.) Life must have been quite difficult 35,000 years ago, during the Paleolithic Age. Ice covered half the earth’s surface. Humans spent their days seeking shelter, protection, food, and warmth. Most interestingly, however, they weren’t just...

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Starting a Flute Choir. By Ray-Michael Kauffman...

Nov 1, 2017 by

  What inspired you to start a flute choir?   I love playing the flute, and I love performing. I had played in flute choir ensembles growing up as well as in college and even now, in many flute choir groups I play with. I also believe that flute...

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Schenkerian Analysis on Hamburger Sonata. By Heidi Kay Begay...

Nov 1, 2017 by

Heidi Kay Begay is currently a doctoral flute performance major studying with Dr. Lisa Garner Santa at Texas Tech University. Heidi has held many teaching titles, which include adjunct music instructor positions at Eastern New Mexico University and Tarrant County College. She has held executive and festival committee positions with the Texas Flute...

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Fluting for a Cause: Viviana Guzman and Fluterscooter...

Oct 1, 2017 by

What inspired you to start “Fluting for a Cause?"   Fluter:  I actually did my new album without a cause in mind, at first.  It was inspired by deer with the title track named "Deer Magic."  But then when Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys, I was very worried about...

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Thoughts on Making Performance Recordings by Francesca Arnone...

Oct 1, 2017 by

Francesca Arnone is an active Florida flute and piccolo soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator. She’s been a concerto soloist on flute, alto flute, and piccolo, on repertoire ranging from Bach to Chen Yi. Recordings on MSR and PARMA. See www.francescaarnone.com Recognizing we are all works in progress,...

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The First Panama Flute Festival...

Sep 1, 2017 by

Dafne Guevara, Manuel Ruiz Acosta, and Valentin Martinez are the founders of APAFLUT (Asociación Panameña de Flautistas), the brand new and first flute association in Panama.   Fluterscooter was a Guest Artist of their first flute festival this summer in Panama City.  In this interview, she asks them about the festival, starting a flute association...

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365 Days of Flute. By Robin Meiksins...

Sep 1, 2017 by

Online challenges and process projects have been a popular category for quite a few years now. Hilary Hahn has been doing a ‘100 Days of Practice” challenge on Instagram, and there are thousands of YouTube challenges that range anywhere from eating chili peppers, to dancing, to answering questions. On...

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Freewriting the Future: Flute Blogs. By Rachel Taylor Geier...

Sep 1, 2017 by

According to the National Science Foundation, our brains produce 50,000 thoughts per day. Some of these thoughts may be individual interpretations of the world around us, and many, delivered in the proper form, may be valuable to audiences far and wide. Social media platforms have made it possible to...

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A Formal Analysis by Heidi Kay Begay...

Sep 1, 2017 by

Heidi Kay Begay is currently a doctoral flute performance major studying with Dr. Lisa Garner Santa at Texas Tech University. Heidi has held many teaching titles, which include adjunct music instructor positions at Eastern New Mexico University and Tarrant County College. She has held executive and festival committee positions with the Texas Flute...

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Galway Flute Festival: Concert Reviews...

Aug 1, 2017 by

Opening Gala Concert with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway   The gala concert featuring Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway was the perfect opener to a week long of concerts, and it featured the "classics" such as Chaminade's Concertino, Widor's Suite, Faure's Fantasie, and Doppler's Andante and Rondo.  It is...

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