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Taking the Pain out of the Piccolo

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela

This article was originally published in 2014 and was based off the wildly popular presentation I did with GySgt.(Ret.) Cynthia K. Rugolo of “The President’s Own” Marine Band at the National Flute Association convention in Washington DC in 2015. Both piccoloists, both in military bands and both invested in musician’s health (I took over her position as chair of the …

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Lighten Up! A Study Of Lightweight Professional Model Flutes For Injury Prevention

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Resources by Angela

Notes on Hand Size and Injury Angela: “During the play-testing of these flutes, I was suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which caused numbness, tingling, muscle spasms and shooting electrical pains down my right arm. For this reason, I was in the unique position of finding myself NEEDING a lightweight flute. I have large hands and ergonomically found several flutes challenging …

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Playing Flute with Scoliosis?

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by musicstrong

A little while back, I received this email from a teacher concerned for her student with scoliosis: “I have a student that has scoliosis. She has been told by her doctor that she is going to have to stop playing flute due to the severity. I know that if she is sitting correctly, and using complete correct posture this really shouldn’t be …

Upcoming Middle Tennessee Flute Days

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Travel, Workshops by Angela

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

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela

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

In Flute, Motivation and Success, Pedagogy and Teaching, Workshops by Angela

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 …