In Defense of the Practice Room Selfie. By Laken Emerson...

Feb 1, 2017 by

Yes, the practice room mirror selfie is shameless. Here’s why you should do it. The consumer-performer relationship has endured — and survived — many struggles over the last several decades; with modern technology, we are more than a hop and a skip away from formal concert settings of yore....

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Go OrGAnic for Back-to-School Success by Lindsey Goodman...

Sep 1, 2016 by

Go OrGAnic for Back-to-School Success:  Get Organized, Set Goals, and Stay Accountable   Lindsey Goodman, known for her “generous warmth of tone and a fluid virtuosity” (Charleston Gazette), is principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, adjunct lecturer at West...

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Flute Fashion: This Season’s Best Recital Dresses by Fluterscooter...

Jun 1, 2016 by

Remember last year when Riria Niimura played the Ibert Concerto wearing a neon handmade dress?    If only all flute performances would incorporate unique high fashion as a reflection of the artists’ personalities, then I’d be a happier concert-goer.    However, since we are flutists, we can’t afford Zac...

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The Lifting Flutist, By Sarah Howard...

Mar 1, 2016 by

Who is the lifting flutist? That’s a tough question to answer, considering the birth of this concept happened naturally by me just goofing off in the gym. Here’s the short of it. I’m Sarah Howard, and I’m a flutist in the U.S. Air Force. I happen to have quite the passion...

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Can Failure Help Success? by Barbara Siesel...

Mar 1, 2016 by

If you’ve never failed you’ve never tried anything new! Last month we spoke about the power of quitting, this month we'll speak about the power of failure to inform our progress as artists and entrepreneurs. While doing research for this article I’ve been reading about famous people who’ve failed...

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Hues of Music: A Discussion with Flutists of Color. by Mara Miller...

Mar 1, 2016 by

Even though classical music has historically been influenced by non-Western cultures, it is deeply rooted in the European tradition. With that foundation, there is still a limited amount of diversity in the modern-day classical community. This article is meant to create an opportunity for racially diverse classical musicians, particularly...

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My Time With The Hare Krishna Tree. by Rachel Hacker...

Mar 1, 2016 by

In December of 2015, I had graduated with my Master's in Music, from New York University. In order to save money, I chose to leave New York, until I made my next life plan. I was in the process of applying for my Doctorate. I would be moving back...

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The Vegan Flutists

Oct 1, 2015 by

Lindsey Goodman   When did you become vegan?   September 2013   What was the inspiration? To improve my health   What is your favorite vegan restaurant? Mission Savvy in Charleston, West Virginia - I credit them with changing my life!   Can you share with us one of...

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Flute Fashion: Then and Now

Aug 1, 2015 by

I recently moved to downtown LA, home of the fashion district and arts district in Los Angeles.  When exploring my new neighborhood, I found that my neighboring street is "Quinceñera Row," with store after store of increasingly poofy and over the top dresses, like the ones that come with an accompanying...

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Injury Prevention and Strength Training for Flutists Through Yoga. By Christina Guenther and Sherri Fleshner...

Jun 1, 2015 by

Many musicians are becoming more involved with various body awareness principles, and the desire to take care of our bodies as we put them through the rigors of practicing and performing is great. In order to facilitate this awareness, and in hopes to help strengthen our bodies and prevent...

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A Flutist’s Nightmare. By Dana Joras...

Jun 1, 2015 by

Winters in Chicago can be very dangerous. By mid-February, however, my mind was focused on the warm Spring months ahead, not the unexpected layer of black ice beneath my feet. I fell on Friday the 13th while walking my dog and managed to break two bones in my left...

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From Body Casts to the Stages of the World by Viviana Guzman...

Mar 2, 2015 by

I was born with dislocated hips, with dysplasia, con-genital hip dislocation. I was never supposed to walk. I was the worst case in Chile, so my parents brought me to the States, to Stanford Hospital so that I could undergo better medical treatments. The coolest thing was that if...

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Yoga and Flute Playing. By Cynthia Ellis...

Mar 1, 2015 by

Namaste: A Hindi word used as a greeting and a goodbye: It means I honor the light in you, I honor the light in myself. It is spoken with palms pressed together. It is part of the centuries old tradition of a yoga practice. Playing any instrument is a...

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Performing Yoga Throughout Your Recital. By Jonathan Huffman...

Nov 4, 2014 by

"Don't shun your performance anxiety ---harness it and become its best friend. After years of struggling with anxiety myself, yoga has helped me understand that sometimes you need to be uncomfortable as an artist."– Amanda Taylor, yoga instructor “Yoga is an effective strategy for managing performance nerves, especially when...

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Piccolo Strong: Fitness for Piccoloists. by Nan Raphael and Angela McCuiston...

Oct 4, 2014 by

One would think that playing such a tiny instrument would be a piece of cake. After all, it barely weighs a pound and is only 12 inches long. Over the course of my career I have encountered piccoloists who have struggled with injuries severe enough to cause them to...

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Flute in the City-The Search for Mr.Big. By Rachel Hacker...

Sep 1, 2014 by

I’m seated in the terminal of the Cincinnati Airport, writing this article. My mind is too fried to continue prepping for NYU entrance exams on Monday. Coffee has rendered me anxious and fidgety in my seat. “CVG to LGA, Flight 6260, 12:30 PM, On Time” is illuminated on a...

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Creating an Etsy Shop. By Sherrie Hoyer...

Aug 1, 2014 by

I started making accessories for flute and other instruments because the ones I was seeing were just plain boring and screamed “mass produced”. Coming from a crafty family (in the creative sense of the word), I was either taught different crafts or taught myself from books. I learned macrame...

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Overcoming Focal Dystonia: by Mark Dannenbring...

Jul 2, 2014 by

It is been practically three years since Mary O’Brien asked me to write an article on living with focal dystonia.  I had written a short one back at the end of the nineties discussing a possible cure for focal dystonia.   (Hands On, Issue #4)  I had made much progress...

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A Flutist’s Journey Through Healing. By Sherry Finzer...

Apr 1, 2014 by

My journey as a flutist has taken me to places I never imagined. When I first started playing in elementary school, I wanted to play the flute because it was shiny, and small compared to the other instruments, which meant it would be easy to carry. I never realized...

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Flute fashion and Dancefluting with Riria Niimura. By Fluterscooter...

Mar 1, 2014 by

I first met Riria Niimura in Tokyo at a performance I had given at the Apple Store.  The 19 year old flute sensation now resides in Los Angeles, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Riria at the Colburn School in LA, and we talked about everything...

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