Flute Talk

Articles October 2013

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Roundtable Discussion:
Teaching Flute at the College Level
Jennifer Amox, Diane Boyd Schultz, Mary Karen Clardy, Tereasa Payne, and Patricia Surman share their insights from teaching at the college level, including experiences as an adjunct teacher.
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Column:
Syrinx Gone Wild
“Recently I have been rereading one of my favorite books on music history, Music in the Twentieth Century, by William W. Austin (W. W. Norton, 1966). Austin emphasizes the crucial importance of Claude Debussy in having laid the foundation for a brand new musical language in the twentieth century."
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Profile:
A Conversation with Composer Katherine Hoover
“It is best to learn the piece by yourself, and not listen to others. Develop your own musical ideas. Start by carefully following the dynamics, rests, and tempo indications and listening carefully to shapes of the phrases.”
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Career Advice:
Building a Network
“When you move to a new city where you know no one, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges of finding students or jobs to support yourself. Rather than get caught up in the details, focus instead on networking.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
The Art of Inflection
“Often those who naturally have strong listening skills progress through their studies quickly and become outstanding musical players. However, less talented students usually are taught the notes first and then add musicianship later.”
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Flute Clinic:
Trill Fingering Faults
“When students look for shortcuts to facility, sloppy finger technique often results. Grabbing the flute too tightly means the fingers are not free to move quickly through trills.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Programming for a Recital
“When presenting a piccolo recital, it is important to consider whether you would like to include a piece or two on the flute as well.”
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