Rozalind MacPhail’s 15 Healthy Habits on the Road...

May 2, 2018 by

1. Juice half a lemon with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of unpasteurized honey and mix into a big warm glass of water. Drink on an empty stomach daily when you first wake up. 2. Meditate for 15 minutes upon waking up and before going...

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Music As Silence

Mar 6, 2018 by

"Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.  The TM technique allows your active mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own...

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Music as Breath

Mar 2, 2018 by

"The sound of the flute is the breath of God" -Rumi The Flute View's Viviana Guzman and Fluterscooter discussed breathwork, trance, meditation, silent retreats, and how learning breath from various spiritual practices can be incorporated into using our breath as flutists, and how we can make better music from...

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Music As Meditation

Mar 2, 2018 by

The Gonjiam Flute Festival was intense, so lots of meditation and quiet time was required.  The Flute View's Barbara Siesel and Fluterscooter both practice transcendental meditation and found some time to sit down and chat about their practices and experiences with meditation. Fluter: Explain how you got into meditation....

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Music As Medicine

Mar 1, 2018 by

I had the opportunity to interview and chat with the fabulous Giselle Real-d’Arbelles a few (4!) years ago, and I've loved watching her transformation as both a musician and healer.  I caught up with her again, as she is releasing her debut album of original medicine songs.  --Fluterscooter  ...

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Music As Movement

Mar 1, 2018 by

Karen Moratz is a symphony player, university professor, and yogi.  There has always been a strong correlation between music and movement, and especially with yoga.  From breathing to postures, moving both air and body helps flute playing and how one approaches music.  Read about Karen's journey below.    ...

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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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Introduction to Feldenkrais with Niall O’Riordan...

Aug 1, 2017 by

Niall O'Riordan, a 2014 Galway Rising Star, attended the festival for the seventh time this year. He grew up listening to Sir James Galway, from his earliest years in Ireland when his father would look for Sir James' records every Friday from a second hand shop.  Like most of us, he listened to Galway's recordings every...

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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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The Embodied Musician by Niall O’Riordan: Review...

May 1, 2017 by

This is a series of audio instructions for how to position one's body and pieces thereof in order to be mindful of how the various relationships affect you, including creating tension or stress, using the Feldenkrais method, which is described as "an educational method focusing on self-awareness and learning...

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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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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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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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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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