Preparing for collegiate auditions

Prescreening and audition season is just around the corner. My last November as an undergraduate student preparing for my graduate prescreenings was a complete blackout of stress and crying. As a high school student preparing for undergraduate auditions I was utterly baffled as to how anything worked and whether or not I was sufficiently prepared.Continue reading “Preparing for collegiate auditions”

Was Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun the awakening of Modernism?

This semester I have been taking a Music History seminar are music of the 20th century with an emphasis on war and peace. I thought for this month’s analysis we would take a look at the historical analysis, instead of a theoretical lens. Pierre Boulez described Debussy’s orchestral work “Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un Faune” asContinue reading “Was Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun the awakening of Modernism?”

Some Resources To Make Your Way Through College as a Low Income Music Student (US based)

Presently, there are MANY barriers that prevent people of socioeconomic and racial status from pursuing higher education, especially in music. Take a look at what type of programs and audition repertoire are asked for at music programs across the country. We expect everyone to be on some standardized playing field… we expect everyone to haveContinue reading “Some Resources To Make Your Way Through College as a Low Income Music Student (US based)”

Teaching and Engaging Flute Students During Remote Lessons

7 months into this ever evolving pandemic teachers continue to search for stability and familiarity in their classrooms. Both veteran and new teachers alike are on a new – unfamiliar – playing field where there are far more questions than answers. Outside of the public school teaching scene, being an instrumental studio teacher is justContinue reading “Teaching and Engaging Flute Students During Remote Lessons”

What’s On My Stand – September 2020 Repertoire

Bach – Sonata in E Major (BWV 1035) The authorship of this sonata is still being debated by music historians – many of the sonatas initially attributed to JS Bach are now thought to be written (at least in majority) by CPE Bach. This is the Barenreiter edition follows the original articulation of the manuscriptContinue reading “What’s On My Stand – September 2020 Repertoire”

What I Wish I Knew: Cleaning My Flute

Developing a good relationship with your instrument repair technician is so important to getting the most mileage out of your instrument. As a result, you can become aware of the tendencies of your particular instrument (what is the first thing to go out of alignment? What little things should you be taking note of thatContinue reading “What I Wish I Knew: Cleaning My Flute”

Quartet for Diverse Flutes – Peter Bacchus

This semester my university’s flute choir is splitting into separate quartets: one of which is the Quartet for Diverse Flutes. Which, as the name suggests, calls for alto (flute III) and bass flute (flute IV) in addition to the C flute. On tricky/deceiving thing about this score is that flute IV is actually the 3rdContinue reading “Quartet for Diverse Flutes – Peter Bacchus”

Physical Wellness and Playing the Flute

The flute is not the most ergonomic instrument. It’s played horizontally; where the instrument is mainly on the right side of the body. There is a lot of fine motor skill required for advanced flute playing which can lead to significant injury if done without they key element of balance. Not just of the fluteContinue reading “Physical Wellness and Playing the Flute”

Flute Embouchure Myths and Resources

Young flutists that are surrounded non-flutists or are self-taught can develop a wide range of bad habits that take years to unlearn. There are common myths that are just taken as fact by band directors when recruiting or coaching young flute players. In this article, I’ll be clarifying what/if there is any true to theseContinue reading “Flute Embouchure Myths and Resources”

What I Wish I Knew: The progression of flutes I’ve played up to college

With back-to-school season in full swing a lot of companies offer these savings and deals to entice families to buy new instruments. The factors that go into making that large purchase are vast – budget, stock, knowledge, trialing, repairs, etc. For each flute I mention, (whether or not it’s still in production) I’ll provide theContinue reading “What I Wish I Knew: The progression of flutes I’ve played up to college”