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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

Brains On Music: Premies and Flutes premature baby

A recent study shows that music is beneficial to the brains of premature babies. Check out this article from the University of Geneva dated June 1, 2019: “How Flute Music

Training Musicians Like Dogs

How is learning an instrument like training a dog to roll over on command? Both involve a complex set of movements that must be done in sequence to achieve a

Intermediate Flute Buying Guide flute acoustics modern flute

In the previous blog article, I discussed buying a first flute. In today’s article, we will look at intermediate or step up flutes. Why buy a second flute? Marching band

Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Flutist shoulder bag for flute

Merry Christmas! Have you finished your holiday shopping? At this time of year, parents and grandparents often ask me for ideas for useful gifts for musicians. This is a short

New Ideas for Creative Practice

Always on the hunt for new ideas for creative music practice, here are some resources that I’ve recently discovered: Choose practice tasks instead of playing from the beginning to the

Flute Tone Spectral Analysis

Flute Tone Spectral Analysis I came across a very interesting thesis project by Ron Yorita titled “Flute Tone Project.” Yorita designed a program to analyze the tone of flute players.

Eating Popcorn with Chopsticks: Novelty Is the Spice of Life

Popcorn, Chopsticks, Flute? A recent research study at The Ohio State University (my alma mater) recently caught my attention. I knew from the title that this was going to be

Musical Web: Sharing Links and Ideas

The Musical Web A couple of weeks ago, my daughter took an audition for the youth orchestra. As she was warming up in the practice room, we talked about how

Yanny or Laurel? laurel or yanny

Do you hear “Yanny” or “Laurel?” This audio clip was the internet sensation for May 2018. In it, a voice is heard saying a word. Many people hear either “Yanny”