It’s a Wild Ride…

In Fitness, Flute, Motivation and Success by Angela0 Comments

So life has been crazy, lately.  I know, I know, I was on a roll, posting a few new blog posts every week, and believe me, I have more than a few drafts in the works, but I just haven’t been able to get to them.  I could put something out just for the sake of generating content, but I …

You need Skills!

In Flute, Motivation and Success by Angela0 Comments

How many of us musicians have gone to school for 4, 6 or even 10 years to get those advanced degrees only to graduate into the real world and not be prepared?  Today’s institutions of higher education for musicians are sadly lacking in preparing students for a life outside either performing or teaching.  There’s more to it, folks… I have …

Developing Body Awareness and Self-Trust

In Flute, Motivation and Success by Angela0 Comments

Once upon a time… Like most people who learn an instrument in the USA, I learned to play the flute in 6th grade.  I had wanted to start playing much earlier than this as I knew my mother had a flutehidden away under the stairs.  Sometimes I would take it down off the shelf, carefully (like it had magic and …

De-Mystifying Support and the Diaphragm

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

As a wind instrumentalist, and especially as a flutist, I hear this question a lot: “What is support?” which is usually followed by this statement “Make sure you breathe/support from the diaphragm“. I hate to tell you, but that is absolutely impossible.  The intentions, when this statement is said, are good, but let’s talk about the diaphragm for a minute. …

Newsletter

In Motivation and Success, Uncategorized by Angela0 Comments

I know I’ve been MIA for awhile, but I have been sooooo busy! Things have been going really well in life and lots of doors are opening for me. I submitted two proposals to present: one for the Florida Flute Association Convention in January and one for the National Flute Association in August. I was also asked to be on …

Music, Fitness and Travelling

In Fitness, Flute, Travel, Uncategorized by Angela0 Comments

As you may know, I am a proud member of the 129th Army National Guard Band.  What this means is that I am in the Army, but it’s a part time job for me.  I “drill” with my unit one weekend every month and for two weeks in the summer.  Right now is that two-week time period, called Annual Training, …

Audition Travel Lessons Learned

In Flute, Motivation and Success, Travel by Angela0 Comments

As you know, when it comes to taking auditions, only take the ones you really want or that are close by because they can be expensive.  How expensive?  Well, let me tell you… This past Wednesday I flew up to Boston for a second round audition with the Air Force Band of Liberty.  It was a challenge from the start.  …

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Fitness Trainer

In Fitness by Angela0 Comments

Unbelievably, I just found a great post about virtual fitness trainers.  This is what I consider myself to be able to do: someone can hire me over the internet to write out a fitness plan for them and we keep in contact by photos and email.  Need more information?  How about the Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Fitness …