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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

Flute Acoustics Flute Acoustics

Flute Acoustics: the mystery and the science The flute is the second oldest musical instrument in the world but flute acoustics are highly complicated. The drum is the oldest musical

Goal Setting for the Practice Room

Goal Setting should be part of every musician’s practice session. There are many kids of goals in music. Some goals will be achieved within a single practice session, others will take longer

Recital Update

Recital Update. The annual studio recital was this past weekend, and I am bursting with pride for all the students. I’ve been teaching for 20 years, but this was one of