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Lego Rhythms: Building Better Musicians

Lego Blocks Are a Tool for Learning Rhythms I’m always looking for new ways to teach rhythm to students of all levels. In a previous blog, I talked about using

Stories from the Studio: Flute Mystery Stories from the Studio: Flute Mystery

A Flute Mystery I love teaching because it always presents new challenges. This week, I had to put on my detective hat to solve a mystery, A high school student

The Journey: Discovery

It’s not the destination that’s important. We are travelers on a long journey of discovery. I am constantly reminded of how much I don’t know. Because music is a process

Singing In Tune: Intonation Ideas for the Choir Singing In Tune: Intonation Ideas for the Choir

Singing In Tune: Intonation Ideas for the Choir Vocalists often struggle with singing in tune. How do we know if we are singing the right pitch? Training the ear is

Note Reading: Following the Contours

Note Reading is one of the most fundamental, but difficult, skills for beginner musicians. In this blog post, I will share with you one of the novel approaches invented by

The Judges

Banishing Negative Self-Talk For the first several years after I started my job as music director, I had a lot of anxiety about the job. I often came home on

Five Things All Marching Band Flutists Should Know

Just in time for marching band season, I present you with these pearls of wisdom. I have played in and coached marching bands for many years. The flute is a

Marking Rhythms (Miss It? Mark It! part 4)

Marking Rhythms (Miss It? Mark It! part 4) This is the fourth article in a series about “marking music,” providing visual solutions to problems musicians encounter during practice. Our brains

New Ideas for Marking Music (part 5 of Miss It? Mark It!)

Miss It? Mark It! part 5 A new student arrived at her lesson this week with music beautifully colored. Last week, I had encouraged Madeline* to write in her music.

Choir Practice Ideas

Choir Practice. Many of my blog posts have focused on practicing the flute, but today we will look at some special considerations for choir practice. As a musician who wears