A Summer Practice Plan. By Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce...

Jun 1, 2017 by

As the school year ends, many students are joyously looking forward to some relaxation and perhaps a break from the flute. Some students spend the summer working in order to have enough saved to pay for living expenses for the upcoming school year. While it’s a good, healthy idea...

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The College Audition Process: Conquering Fear with Confidence. by Nancy Stagnitta...

Apr 1, 2017 by

For a young flutist preparing to audition for college and conservatory admission (not to mention what lies beyond!), the enormity of the process can seem to loom larger than life.  From choosing the schools and teachers with the strongest potential to be the best fit, to choosing repertoire and...

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Articulation By Dr. Cate Hummel...

Feb 1, 2017 by

If you say about someone that they are articulate, you mean that they are good at making their ideas clear. From this we can infer that “articulation” in music also means that it is a tool that makes musical ideas clear. Another concept we hear a lot about when...

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21st Century Connections

Apr 1, 2016 by

21st Century Connections by Lindsay Bryden The 21st century has seen many exciting developments in its short 15 years. The new generation of flutists has grown up with extended techniques, modern music is at a pivotal time between experimental and contemporary classical, and conservatories are filled to the brim with...

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The Magic of Wind: Bringing Musical Artistry to the Dominican Republic, by Allison Loggins-Hull...

Mar 1, 2016 by

I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Festival Clarinetísimo in The Dominican Republic. Since 2009, Festival Clarinetísimo has invited prominent clarinetists to give lectures and master classes to students of the National Conservatory of Music and the Elementary School of Music "Elila Mena.” In an effort to...

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A Glissando Headjoint Primer. by Melissa Keeling...

Mar 1, 2016 by

The Glissando Headjoint expands the expressivity, flexibility, and timbral possibilities of the Boehm flute. The culmination of many decades of work by Robert Dick, it has been commercially available for over a decade. Beyond playing glissandi, there are many potential benefits for your overall flute playing: increased aural awareness, greater flexibility of intonation,...

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Your Career Has Begun: Professional as a Student. By Tammy Evans Yonce, DMA...

May 1, 2015 by

As a student, it is important to realize that you are already developing relationships and starting interactions that mark the beginning of your career. I always remind my students that their classmates will become colleagues in a very short amount of time, and they will most likely work with...

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RNAD: The Four Cornerstones of Sight-reading. By Samantha Chang...

Feb 1, 2015 by

Playing a composition at first sight (a prima vista) is a daunting task for many music students. The language of music is composed of an abundance of symbols and rules that require adaptation and interpretation by the performer. An examination of the four cornerstones of sight-reading – RNAD –...

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Fun Idea for Flute Sectionals. By Melinda Wade-English...

Feb 1, 2015 by

1. Inspire Creativity The Princess and The Peasant Game Encourage creativity and imaginative interpretation thru role-playing. Students enjoy playing the princess and peasant game. Start by dividing the flute section into halves. Half of the flute section magically become princesses while the other half become peasants. Play alternating half...

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The Opening Doors of Cuba and Cuban Charanga Music. By Andrea Brachfeld...

Feb 1, 2015 by

This past trip to Cuba in December of 2014 was an especially significant one for me in many ways. It marks the completion of a second seven-year cycle over a period of 14 years that I have been going to Cuba. Our lives, as you may or may not...

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See Your Sound. By Shelly Granger...

Feb 1, 2015 by

See Your Sound: Using Music Visualization for Teaching and Practicing Our smart phones and devices have the power to process and display sound in exciting and innovative ways. We are carrying around mini super computers able to perform real-time computations and graphics rendering unachievable by the most powerful computers...

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Decoding to Fluency. By Erin Moon-Kelly...

Feb 1, 2015 by

Achieving the “Effortless Performance” Using Dee Hansen’s Progression of Music Literacy Theory in the Practice Room and in the Rehearsal Hall Time for battle! All of us have encountered a passage in our music that has caused the “fight or flight” response. During these passages, our muscles tense, our...

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The Flutist’s Introduction to Digital Marketing: 5 Steps to Success. By Amanda Taylor...

Nov 4, 2014 by

Two years ago I spent hours creating a website, joining social media sites, and creating invitations to recitals. To my dismay, none of these efforts got traction. My website had around ten visits a week and my Facebook events didn’t convince people to come to my recitals. During the...

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Bringing Classical Music to the Congo. By Kaori Fujii...

Oct 4, 2014 by

So….. how do I begin… I have established Music Beyond with my business partner, former student, fellow flutist, Nana Aomori.  As many of you may know, there are so many passionate musicians all over the world despite any sort of formal training or any support.  I have seen them...

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Back to School: Review, Perfect, and Learn at Every Level. By Lindsey Goodman...

Sep 1, 2014 by

No matter your age, September always feels like a fresh start. From an early morning temperature nip to yellow school busses parading through your neighborhood, and from that first crunchy leaf on the sidewalk to new outfits in your closet, there is a palpable feeling of potential in the...

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Welcome Back to School: Your Career Starts Now! By Nicole Riner...

Sep 1, 2014 by

As a music major in college, you’re not just a student trying to better yourself-- you have embarked upon a rigorous program of professional training. And we keep you very busy during those college years, prescribing intense course loads and applying high expectations to your musical development.  It’s easy...

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Considering the Music Major? By Dr. Patricia Surman...

Sep 1, 2014 by

As a university flute professor, I spend a lot of time talking with high school and new university students about choosing their major. Here are some important points to consider as you prepare to make this decision. Keeping Things in Order Degree Sequence The music degree is a unique...

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Back to School Tips. By Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce...

Sep 1, 2014 by

Whether this is your first year of college or you’re used to the drill, it’s helpful to consider a few reminders to make this academic year the most positive and productive one yet. •    Make sure that you block off time in your schedule specifically for practicing. Avoid using...

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Sir James Galway’s FIRST FLUTE...

May 1, 2014 by

First Flute, The Foundations Lesson Series. Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway have released Sir James’s new online series of lessons and more called First Flute.  The first 15 lessons are titled: The Foundations Lesson Series and includes: •    15 lessons of video instruction •    Important basics like...

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Auditioning for Graduate School- Finishing the Journey...

May 1, 2014 by

I would be the first person to buy a piece of merchandise that reads “I survived grad school auditions, 2014.”  Once auditioning ended, admission decisions were received, and financial aid packages arrived, I was emotionally drained.  This was the most stressful portion of the application process.   I could figuratively...

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