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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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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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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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IV Edition

Dear flutists, We would like to present the fourth edition of the Babel Flute, which marks one year anniversary of the project and thank all the contributors who made the new edition possible and exciting! 4th Edition In this edition there is so much of new and unique flute research, written exclusively for The Babel Flute! We would like…

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Helping students with tension, pain and anxiety. Part 2

by Lea Pearson In my September 2021 Babel article, I shared 3 powerful tools to help your students reduce tension, worry and pain while playing:  Inclusive Awareness  Startle Recovery, and  Grounding. I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing them with your students (and exploring them yourself). In this article, we’ll learn about how to prevent injury by teaching students to use…

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III Edition

Dear flutists, We would like to present the third edition of the Babel Flute and thank all the contributors who have offered their unique research and knowledge to our flute community and made this holiday edition very exciting! III Edition We wish you all a wonderful Holidays and a Happy New Year! ▪︎ In this edition, we have prepared…

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