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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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Generating Income Through Corporate Sponsorships

By Dr. Heidi Kay Begay WHY OBTAIN SPONSORSHIPS? As a modern-day musician, I often hear of creative artists who have trouble funding their next project. Whether they are trying to find funds for their teaching or performing residencies, their online platforms, or obtaining funds for their non-profit organization – it can be overwhelming and daunting to know where to…

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Important lessons for flutists from Leonardo da Vinci

by Yulia Berry Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist, but also a great scientist, inventor and philosopher. Among his innumerable inventions are the machine gun, the mechanical knight, also called Leonardo’s robot, the parachute, the flying machine, the Ariel propeller, which outlines the idea of ​​the modern helicopter, various musical instruments, a scuba gear, which also…

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Professional Development for Teachers

By Lea Pearson, DMA, LBME N.B. This article is a beginning discussion about professional development. Given the worldwide nature of this publication, it is an open invitation for you, the reader, to contribute valuable resources in the comments section. Please share what is useful and effective in your country! What is professional development?  Why should we, as teachers, be…

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The Electric Flute: An Introduction to Playing with Effects

By Melissa Keeling INTRODUCTION I will never forget the first time I heard my flute through effects pedals (the “electric flute”). Though I didn’t realize it at the time, that day was the beginning of a beautiful journey of creativity, exploration, and finding joy in my music-making. Without effects, I’m not sure I would still be playing the flute…

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Playing All the Notes: Flute Music by Underrepresented Composers

Michelle Barraclough with Joshua Lyon, Carmela Steyaert, and Grace Young At the end of the Fall 2021 semester, I encouraged my college flute students to consider learning a piece by an underrepresented composer (female and/or a person of color). Previously, works by these composers were not frequently included in traditional concert programming. Happily, this is changing. I provided a…

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Focus! Regulating states of being to improve learning

by Robert Cart Inspired by the bel canto school of singing, and based in principals of neuroscience, this article introduces flutists to basic physiological concepts of autonomic arousal.  By utilizing the suggested protocols, the flutist can leverage the autonomic nervous system to improve learning, memorization, and performance.  The great bel canto vocal instructor, Giovanni Battista Lamperti, referred to the…

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