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When It Hurts to Play Flute

Ergonomic Aids That Can Help the Pain By Erik Nugent Everyone’s hands are different. We all have different length fingers, thumbs, span of the reach from thumb to pinky, width of fingers and palms, and thickness of wrists. Flute makers have a hard enough time trying to design a flute that is ergonomically comfortable for most players with normal…

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Sound, Movement and Expression in Music

by Tim Lane When a musician asks for help in developing their musicianship, they are most often directed to listen to renowned performers and performances. I remember hearing an interview with William Bennett who commented that (I paraphrase), “Our listening abilities determine the boundaries of our musical skills”. There is no doubt that one’s musical abilities can be improved by…

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Communicate with confidence

by Rik Noyce, D.M.A. As a University professor and life coach, I often find both students and clients searching for the seemingly illusive state of confidence – wanting to know how to summon it, maximize it, and maintain it.  But, what is confidence? Why do so many budding performers feel its absence? What are we actually seeking when we look for…

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Can I Fix My Own Flute?

By Rachael Simon, with contributions from Kimberley Jurens Whenever anyone asks about fixing their flute themselves, their question is typically met with at least these two different types of replies:   Both of these sentiments are well meaning.  I equally agree and disagree with both.  Here’s my response: “Since flutes are delicate instruments with many interrelated parts and sensitive adjustments,…

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Solving Breathing Issues: the Power of Self Concept

by Lea Pearson This lesson took place in the context of a group, the Transformational Teacher Training Program. While the program is centered around pedagogy, we also offer master class opportunities for the teachers to work on their own issues. This student had been wanting for some time to address breathing.  Dr. P is myself, T is the student. This adult has…

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“The Magic Flute” of Mikael Tariverdiev

by Yulia Berry Composer Mikael Tariverdiev’s talent emerged early: he wrote his first ballet at the age of 13, and his student works were performed at the same concert as compositions by Prokofiev. Tariverdiev’s songs and musical themes are heard in classic Soviet cinema, such as “Seventeen Moments of Spring” and “The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!”…

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Crafting Musical Narratives: A Flutist’s Journey into Podcasting Wisdom

By Dr. Heidi Kay Begay In the ever-evolving world of music, finding new avenues to enhance our artistry becomes both a quest and a necessity. As a modern-day flutist, my unexpected venture into podcasting has illuminated aspects of music-making, enriching my approach to expression and connection. Today, let’s explore how delving into podcasting can be a transformative ally for…

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From Bach to Bot: Exploring the AI Revolution in Music Creation and Performance

Can AI-generated music truly be considered art, or does it lack the emotional depth that comes from human experience? by Yulia Berry AI technologies are becoming a major part of every industry in 2023. This trend has caught the attention of creative individuals, such as writers, artists, painters, and musicians, who are now questioning whether AI might eventually replace…

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KING MIDAS in a New Genre: Storytelling Flute Theater

by Yulia Berry and Onorio Zaralli THE STORY OF KING MIDAS King Midas, a prominent figure in ancient Greek mythology, is renowned for his ill-fated decisions. One memorable instance involves his wish to the god Dionysus for the ability to turn everything he touched into gold. Initially elated, Midas soon regretted his request. In another myth, Midas demonstrated his…

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