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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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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Keeping Up With Kaori: What’s Next for Music Beyond...

Jul 1, 2017 by

We wrote about Music Beyond a few years back.  How has Music Beyond grown since then?   In August, Music Beyond will mark 3 years since the inception. Our student base has grown about 6x and we have manage to provide over 400 hours of training (by the time I...

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Dr. Cate’s Corner: Blowing is the Foundation of Playing by Dr. Cate Hummel...

Jul 1, 2017 by

Blowing and….. We know we need to blow to play the flute. This seems patently obvious, but do we really know how to blow in a way that informs our tone, technique, articulation and phrasing? I would say maybe not always, based on my own experience as a student,...

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Commissioning New Music: A Guide to Getting Started by Nicole Riner...

Jul 1, 2017 by

Praised for her "luscious, full sound" (American Record Guide) and "effortless precision" (Flutist Quarterly), Nicole Riner maintains an active national presence as a recitalist and pedagogue. She has presented master classes at universities and conservatories across the country and has performed with orchestras and at summer festivals, chamber music...

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Tips for Smarter Social Media Commenting. By Rachel Hacker...

Jul 1, 2017 by

The Flute View has written about social media use on many occasions. Each of us who write for the magazine have benefited from interacting with a daily network of flutists and musicians from all over the world.  Blunders with people from the digital world are likely, if not inevitable....

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Music Is The Ointment That Heals by Dyan Parker...

Jul 1, 2017 by

  After years of research on healing, it became apparent to me that our bodies and minds act in unison. It is therefore important to have an antidote to our emotional wounds so that they do not affect our physical health. Music is capable of healing those wounds. How...

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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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New Friends at the New Music Gathering. By Rachel Hacker...

Jun 1, 2017 by

I adore flute events as much as the next person, but attending a non-flute focused conference was a welcomed breath of fresh air. Having been to a lot of flute fairs named the “Northeastern/central/whatever college organization-Flute Workshop,” I expected the New Music Gathering to be the same as a...

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9 Checklists for Practicing Technical Passages. By Kristyn Son...

Jun 1, 2017 by

  As flutists, we are often challenged by the composers to push our limits with technical demands. With the nature of the instrument, it is important that we embrace and feel confident playing fast rather than being fearful about it. I have provided 9 checklists for flutists at any...

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The Flute’s Mainstream Moment. By Mara Miller and Justine Stephens...

May 1, 2017 by

As one of the oldest wind instruments, the flute is a staple in Eastern music, classical music, and jazz due in no small part to its versatility in tone and character. Even the presence of flute in modern popular music has become prevalent and widespread across genres. Typically hidden...

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Optimal Musical Communication. by Catherine Ramirez...

May 1, 2017 by

  This article first appeared in the winter 2014 issue of The Flutist Quarterly, the member magazine of the National Flute Association, and is reprinted with permission. nfaonline.org. THE VALUE OF OPTIMAL COMMUNICATION A master musician can captivate an audience before ever playing a note. A subtle change of tone can entice...

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