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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”

Competitions and Contests: Lessons from the Trenches

Competitions and Contests Another Solo and Ensemble Contest season has come and gone. All of my middle school and high school flute students participated this year. I feel that competitions

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

Vacation Practice Tips

Seasons greetings! This final week for lessons in 2017. My students will have two weeks of no lessons during winter vacation. Nonetheless, my students and I will still be practicing