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Virtual Music: Teaching Lessons Online: The Good

I began teaching lessons online in the middle of March 2020, as soon as the Governor of the State of Ohio issued stay-at-home orders. It happened very quickly. In fact,

Maquarre Daily Exercises: Scales and Articulation

The Daily Exercises are the perfect exercises for building technique in the intermediate-advanced student. As a teacher, I use Daily Exercises for the Flute by Andre Maquarre with high school

A New Normal: Thoughts on COVID-19 Pandemic

As I write this, our household has been isolating for 17 days due to the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. We live in Ohio, one of the most proactive states for

Analog Music: Escape from the Digital World

No power? No problem. Playing an instrument is not a digital experience. It is analog. No screens. No electronics needed. Several times we have lost power at the house while

Talent or Hard Work? Which is more important?

“You Have So Much Talent” It happens all the time. After a performance, someone will come up to me and say, “You have so much talent. I wish I had

Studio Adventures

The flute studio is a place full of adventures, large and small. Adventures of the mind and spirit. Journeys of the heart and soul.  Adventures in Flute Shopping Three of

Teaching Generation Z

Teaching Generation Z in the flute studio, I have to adapt some of my references to ones they will understand. For instance, the sharp is a hashtag and using emojis to show moods in a theme and variations piece.

Music Therapy

Music therapy has received a lot of attention in the media recently. Although it may seem like a new idea, the value of music is something that I believe all

Acoustics of the Flute: How Tone Is Produced

Flute acoustics are complicated. Until recently, scientists did not have a good understanding of flute acoustics and how a flute makes a sound. We can easily classify the sound production

Flute Renaissance

The flute renaissance is here! The flute is suddenly the hottest instrument. It’s making a huge splash in pop music (thank you, Lizzo) and I’m seeing a spike in kids