Playing the Flute With Braces

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“I have to get braces! Will I be able to play the flute?!”

This is an incredibly common question, and one I asked myself when I got braces in the 10th grade. With every student I’ve taught and in my own experience, it’s usually not an issue (though it sure seems scary at the forefront!). In my own experience, I was horrified to find out that right after I got braces I couldn’t make a sound! What it meant was that my embouchure was actually too tight and it forced me to learn a better way of playing, and as is mentioned in this article, I too felt like I got a better sound with braces. Because the lips had farther to travel it created extra space in the mouth which created more resonance and it helped strengthen the lips of my embochure.


As you may or may not know I am the current chair of the Performance Health Committee for the National Flute Association. We have several members that rotate on a 4-year basis and we also have a medical advisory board. To answer this question, Dr. Chip Shelton (flutist and orthodontist) wrote this article joined by former fellow advisory board member and physical therapist Dr. Susan Fain and committee member Melissa Vining.

If you are a current member of the NFA, you can see the article in the Spring 2021 issue of the Flutist Quarterly.
Here is the full article!

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PODCAST EP 26

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Self-Employed Musician

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The Self-Employed Musician with

Ashley Hagadorn

(1:33:50)
Join our conversation with Ashley Hagadorn. A Successful music studio business owner, violist, strongman competitor and recent mom.
Corpsonore



Successful music studio business owner, violist, strongman competitor and recent mom, Ashley Hagadorn joins us for a conversation you can lump under "things I didn't learn in music school but should have". We cover how to go from traveling teacher to owning your own studio, taxes, marketing/branding, logo design (remember this: people don't read!), contracts, getting paid and how to put more responsibility on your students/clients so you aren't doing EVERYTHING.

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You can find Ashely on Facebook and IG at:

Also covered - get a CPA!

We also delve into how to she went from cardio bunny to Crossfit to finding her way into loving Strongman lifts and more importantly, how it has helped her as a musician!

Takeaways:

  • Get a CPA (they aren't as expensive as you think)
  • Keep logo simple and marketing pretty- people look at pictures, they don't read
  • Lifting for strength and lifting for size are completely different - if you want to get strong you won't automatically look like a bodybuilder.

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Books:

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PODCAST EP 22

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Corpsonore

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Tuned and Strong Meets Corpsonore

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What does Corpsonore mean and what do they do? Learn more about Corpsonore with Hannah Murray and Madeline in this episode.
Corpsonore



What does Corpsonore mean and what do they do? Hannah Murray and Madeline Stewart usually do the interviewing but today we flipped the tables and got to ask them about how they got started, their mission, their pocasts and guests and upcoming exciting projects!

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To find out more about Corpsonore, visit them at:

SoundBodyWellness

or on the socials at:

Topics discussed:
A.T. Still University - 5 Kinesiology Tracks
Corpsonore Health and Wellness for musicians database and platform coming soon!
Dr. Michelle Cleary - Performance Psychology
Dr. Jan Dommerholt (musician's PT)

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PODCAST EP 21

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Rebuilding Ability

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Rebuilding Ability With Chase Akers

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Dr. Jen and Angela, together with Chase Akers, discuss about how life with a disability is not a hindrance to rebuilding ability through fitness.
Rebuilding Ability



Dr. Jen and Angela, together with Chase Akers, discuss how living with a disability does not prevent you from rebuilding ability through fitness.

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Find more about Chase Akers:

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PODCAST EP 20

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Imposter Syndrome

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Imposter Syndrome

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Dr. Jen and Angela discuss their own personal issues with imposter syndrome and how to overcome it.
Imposter Syndrome



In this episode, Dr. Jen and Angela talks about their own personal struggles with imposter syndrome, and how to overcome it.

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Coach Yannick offers online training (especially for musicians) that includes not only personalized workouts, but checkins and weekly group calls.

Keep a lookout for his Facebook group for music professionals!

Book: It Takes What it Takes by Trevor Moawad

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PODCAST EP 19

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Connecting the Dots

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Connecting the Dots" with Coach

Yannick Tinguely

(57:16)
Join us with Coach Yannick Tinguely in this conversation about how everything is connected when it comes to your health as a musician.
Connecting the Dots



Yannick Tinguely is a musician and strength coach living in Berlin, Germany. As a bassist, producer, DJ and jazzer, his career has spanned the gamut from Techno to Classical, Jazz to pub music. Join us in this conversation about how everything is connected when it comes to your health as a musician.

Episode Reference:


Coach Yannick offers online training (especially for musicians) that includes not only personalized workouts, but checkins and weekly group calls.

Keep a lookout for his Facebook group for music professionals!

Book: It Takes What it Takes by Trevor Moawad

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PODCAST EP 18

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Mental Fitness

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Mental Fitness and Life is a Playground with

Dr. Rusty Holmes

(1:00:08)
In this episode we will talk about mental fitness, resiliency, positivity, embracing discomfort and more with Dr. Rusty Holmes
Mental Fitness



Mental fitness, resiliency, positivity, embracing discomfort - all things Dr. Rusty Holmes is more than happy to preach about! From completing his doctorate in a pandemic, playing neighborhood concerts and organizing a 20 stop virtual lecture tour, to taking cold showers and "doing hard stuff" we talk about how growth happens outside our comfort zone and building resiliency and mental fitness both on and off the stage!

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PODCAST EP 17

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Fitness Advertising

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Fitness Advertising Can Set You Up for Failure

(28:42)
This short episode is about how programs and certain pieces of equipment can trick people into buying them (and then buying more stuff when that stuff doesn't work)
Fitness Advertising



In this short episode Jen gets it off her chest about how programs and certain pieces of equipment can trick people into buying them (and then buying more stuff when that stuff doesn't work) instead of helping people meet their goals. Advertising isn't inherently misleading, but we delve into how things have to be difficult to make a change....which will segue perfectly into our next episode with our first guest Rusty Holmes!

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PODCAST EP 16

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You Have Permission

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You Have Permission

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This is the final episode of Healthy Habits four-part series

You Have Permission



In the final part of four series we talk about giving yourself permission to move in ways that feel good to you, recognizing burnout, getting rid of "shoulds" and negotiation tactics.

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Healthy Habits Part 3

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Healthy Habits Part 3: Don't Workout to

"Be Healthy"

(59:03)
This episode is a continuation of the conversation about the science and motivation behind exercise
Healthy Habits Part 3



In continuing our conversation about the science and motivation behind exercise (going off the book "No Sweat" by Michelle Segar) we delve into topics like:

  1. The Wrong Why's - your motivation (or lack) is tied to your meaning
  2. The Cycle of Failure (and how to get out of it)
  3. Making exercise a gift instead of a chore
  4. Autonomy and owning exercise the way that YOU want
  5. Becoming aware of how your body wants to move instead of how you think it "should"

And many other aspects of motivation! There are several aspects of this episode we would really love your input on - drop a message in the comments when you hear them and let us know! We'd love to see a full message board of people sharing similar experiences (you're not alone!)

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