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How Much Should I Practice? airport concert

The short answer: you should practice as much as possible and probably a lot more than you are now! A good rule of thumb for young musicians is to practice

5 Tests for Shopping for the Best Flute for You play testing five piccolos

Shopping for a new instrument can be a lot of fun! In two previous blog articles (“New Flute Buying Guide” and “Intermediate Flute Buying Guide”), I discussed the different types

New Flute Buying Guide

New Flute Buying Guide Buying a new flute is a huge decision and a big investment. The blog article below can help you with some common questions. Flute shoppers are

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 dyeing Easter eggs

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 voice tuner

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