Storage – keeping flutes safe year round (including summer break)

When I was in high school we had the ‘drum closet’. The ‘drum closet’ was a blackhole where the percussionists liked to hide, but it was also a house for outdated marching band uniform ruins, the marching percussion equipment, and the district’s unused loaner instruments. The ‘drum closet’ was a treasure trove of unused instruments,Continue reading “Storage – keeping flutes safe year round (including summer break)”

Being a music major during COVID-19 – What should I be doing?

What should I being doing? Should I take a semester of leave? My student teaching placement just fell through – what are schools going to do? How can we even have ensembles or chamber groups? These are the thoughts that my colleagues and I have been discussing for months – mainly as a coping mechanismContinue reading “Being a music major during COVID-19 – What should I be doing?”

Solo Flute Repertoire: Bach, Ibert, Honegger, and Hindemith

On May 13, 2020, I gave my first ‘recital’ as a Masters student. My recital was initially planned for April 1st and the repertoire was WAY different I had a lot of chamber music programmed that couldn’t happen given the COVID-19 pandemic – all the music learned in my recital was done in less thanContinue reading “Solo Flute Repertoire: Bach, Ibert, Honegger, and Hindemith”

What’s On My Stand – July 2020 Repertoire

Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Flute and Piano The challenge with this piece has been playing what’s on the page versus playing in a stylized manner (as many recordings of this piece often exemplify). The technical elements such as the sept-tuplets, 32nd note pickups, or double tonguing in the 1st movement require a practice approachContinue reading “What’s On My Stand – July 2020 Repertoire”

July 2020 – What’s My Warmup

Unpopular opinion: I love flute warmups… if that was not abundantly clear by my extensive collection of flute warmup resources. I think quarantine is a great time for people who normally don’t prioritize warmups to step away from repertoire, and find something that resonates with them. My philosophy regarding warmups are that they are notContinue reading “July 2020 – What’s My Warmup”

Motivation when there are no clear goals

Summer practicing blues and unexpectedly bad auditions are the usual culprits of draining motivation. But this year is different, with a pandemic looming for an indefinite amount of time, how are we meant to establish tangible goals when we aren’t even sure what horrors tomorrow will bring? What do I work on? What am IContinue reading “Motivation when there are no clear goals”

What’s My Flute Set-Up?

Hello! I’m Emma Piedilato, thank you for taking an interest in my blog. In this introductory post I will be giving an overview of what my current flute set-up as a graduate Master of Flute Performance student. This is my current set-up as of July 2020 which I’ve maintained since the 3rd year of myContinue reading “What’s My Flute Set-Up?”