Thursday, January 25, 2018

Introducing: supplemental videos and labs for A Flutist's Expression Workbook

I released my self-published  A Flutist's Expression Workbook this past August and have been humbled by its early reviews and positive feedback from teachers who are currently using it in their studios.

I consider the Workbook to be a living document, one that only gets better with collaboration and feedback. To this end, I'm announcing two supplements to the original text:

Demonstration videos, to be released monthly on YouTube throughout the spring term, will feature me speaking about and performing select vocalises with my published expressive markings.

Workbook Labs, in which users can log on to Skype and participate in a group Q & A with me and each other regarding pedagogical applications, challenges, and anything else related to our specific teaching environments.

To participate in this online pedagogical community, purchase the book here. 

If you'd like to receive updates on the latest videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel
if you have purchased the workbook, you can choose to receive email notifications, as well. The first video is currently available, below.

If you have already purchased the workbook and would like to participate in our first Workbook Lab on February 3 at 9am MST, contact me here and say "I'm in!" We'll be discussing the challenges we have getting our students to develop their own expression, ways in which the Workbook can help, and other materials you'd like to see in a second edition.
I am so excited to embark upon this project and reach across the miles to connect with other flute teachers about the crucial topic of teaching musicianship to young flutists, and I hope you'll join me!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Great advice from around the web

I have been so gratified to read excellent blogs written by flutists (and the occasional non-flutist) from all over the country sharing their valuable insights, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you. Some are clearly timely as we brace ourselves for the start of audition season, but I think any of these can inspire you to learn a new skill or develop a new project as part of your new year's resolutions.  Read on, and happy 2018!

Demystifying the audition process, by woodwinds professor at Delta State University Bret Pimentel:

What I listen for in scholarship auditions

A lovingly written meditation on being compassionate with yourself by Nashville flutist Jessica Dunnavant:

Surviving Your Life as a Musician

Chicago hornist Kelly Langenberg gives gentle but firm advice on how to be a good colleague:


A comprehensive guide to kicking off your new career as an electro-acoustic performer by flute guru Lindsey Goodman:

The Flutist’s Electroacoustic Primer