Flute Talk

Articles March 2014

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Directory:
2014 Director of Summer Masterclasses, Camps & Festivals
Looking for something to do this summer? Check out Flute Talk's comprehensive list of masterclasses, camps and festivals
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Personal Perspective:
Are You Professional
“So what is the difference between being a professional and an amateur? I think it comes down to commitment and staying power.”
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Interview:
Expression Drives Technique: An Interview with Aralee Dorough
“If thinking in terms of color does not work for you, try tactile words like gritty, grainy, airy, fuzzy, compact, thick or thin. A big part of developing variety is listening and imitating. Tom Nyfenger could imitate any flutist or instrument. He would play the melody from the Mozart clarinet concerto and it sounded like a clarinet. In technical terms, the important part of changing colors is the changing. Explore all the ways you can change pitch, dynamics and sound quality.”
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Teaching with Technology:
Teaching the Flute Online
“Last year I relocated to another state, and two of my particularly dedicated flute students have continued to study with me via Skype. When I travel back to their area, we have an in-person lesson which allows me to evaluate their flute playing in a way that cannot be done online.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
It’s in the Cookie
“A few weeks into this weekly ritual, one of the professors challenged us to work our fortune cookie’s message into the curriculum of our afternoon’s teaching. Then the next week, we would report back on how creatively we had done so.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Shhh...Time to Play Softly
“Basic embouchure control comes from the center of the lips, not the corners. Say the word pure. Feel how the lips come forward on the vowel sound, and notice how the corners are controlled, but never stretched back tightly (as in a smile).”
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