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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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Fluting Across Screens: A Recap of ‘The Babel Flute Days’ Global Flute Convention 2023

by The Babel Flute team From September 19 to 24, the digital realm became the stage for a unique musical odyssey for the second year (Read our report in 2022)! “The Babel Flute Days” celebrated the rich history of the flute, its diverse repertoire, and the global flute community, set to take place online in the mesmerizing backdrop of…

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Flute timbre and its artistic characteristics

Emanuel Flute. Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson. Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson by Yulia Berry The voice of the flute, like the voice of the human who created it, can sound in different intonations: joyful and sad, enthusiastic and tragic, inspired and overwhelmingly mournful, sublime and passionate. It can express the whole gamut of human emotions and experiences. Sound,…

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Cultivating the 21st Century Garden

Nurturing resilient, pain-free, and confident musicians by Lea Pearson INTRODUCTION It’s no secret that we are in a time of rapid change.  The Covid pandemic, along with social movements empowering marginalized communities (BIPOC & AAPI folk, women, LGBTQIA+, #MeToo, the neuro-divergent and disabled, and more) have overturned the landscape of musical traditions. These communities have always been essential in…

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Music Classrooms as the Gateway to Access

by Katherine Lewis Every musician deserves to make music in spaces designed for them to thrive. As the music industry is becoming increasingly aware of the need for accessibility for patrons and the talented musicians and staff that create, there’s one group uniquely positioned to usher in an age of accessible music-making: Teachers. This article explores the ways music classrooms…

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Myth-Conceptions about Breathing

By Lea Pearson, DMA As a flute teacher and singer, I’ve heard many descriptions about the processes of breathing.  When people come to me for help with pain or tension, they often have strange ideas about breathing that have no basis in the reality of actual anatomical structures and movements. I’ ve met: It’s a confusing and frustrating playing…

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