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”

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”

Preparing for collegiate ensemble auditions

My first collegiate ensemble was in no conceivable way the best showing of my talents… That summer I had been studying with an alumni of the flute studio I was joining. Unbeknownst to the both of us, the audition requirements had changed since her time out of school (which had only been 3 years atContinue reading “Preparing for collegiate ensemble auditions”

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?”

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”