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Playing With Double Jointed Fingers

Not all of my posts are about exercises and stretches.  Sometimes, altering your ergonomics is an option all too few musicians know about, be it changing the way your instrument is made or held or, in this case, using special jewelry to prevent instability in the fingers.  I’m going to be continuing this series soon with other instrument specific options, …

Do You Follow Me On Pinterest?

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Are you Music Strong?

Whew! I have been traveling so much, there has been no time for updating, sorry!  This last week I was blessed to have been invited to present at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacadoches, TX.  I gave a flute masterclass, a recital, two Music Strong workshops and a presentation on being a musician in the military.  It was a wonderful …

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Keep It Simple!

Happy New Year! Welcome to the time where people make resolutions on all kinds of things; from losing weight to saving money. If you’ve made any kind of health related resolution this year, I commend you! There’s no time like the present to make your dreams become reality. By the time you read this, you may have already long given …

Upcoming Middle Tennessee Flute Days

There are two excellent opportunities for growth, learning and fun for Middle Tennessee Flutists coming up VERY soon! January 26, 2013 Middle Tennessee State University Flute Festival Website: http://mtsuflute.weebly.com/2013-mtsu-flute-festival2.html Guest Artist: Kate Lukas Guest Artist Biography: KateLukas is Professor of Flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is a former faculty member of the Guildhall School of …

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Tonal Imagination – Overcoming Focal Dystonia with Dr. Roger Martin

This article comes from my former flute professor, Dr. Roger Martin, the Professor of Flute at Tennessee Techonological Unviersity in Cookeville, Tennessee, where I got my Bachelor’s in Flute Performance. During my last few years there, we knew he had started to develop a strange problem – his fingers wouldn’t do what he “told” them to do. We knew he …

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Flute Day 2012

Flute Day 2012 was a HUGE success!  Thank you so much to everyone who helped me make this happen.  Special thanks to Liz Pritchett Vergili and Altus Flutes for giving us the space to use. Thanks to Dr. Jessica Dunnavant for helping me to organize and know how to pull this off. Thanks to Dr. Roger Martin from TTU and …

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Flute Day 2012!

    Check out the Brochure!   flute day brochure Flute Day is November 3, 2012 and will be held at Altus Flutes in Mt. Juliet, TN.  They will have Altus, Azumi and Jupiter flutes, piccolos, altos and basses available to play and try. This Flute Day is really focused on middle schoolers and high schoolers, and what’s important to them, …

Music Teacher’s Helper – Your New Studio Assistant

Having just moved to a new area, I now have a studio of about 24 students and growing – come from an area where getting students was like pulling teeth, being inundated with this many students is not only wonderful but can also be a little overwhelming with trying to keep track of all the finances. To any other music …

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Morning Mobility in Las Vegas – A Resource List

Thank you to everyone who came out to my workshop “Morning Mobility” at The National Flute Association convention in Las Vegas!  I had a great time with you and I hope you learned a lot. In case you didn’t get the handout, you can download it by clicking on this link – Morning Mobility.Some of the blog posts I mentioned …