Flute Talk

Articles September 2014

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Interview:
Flute, Dance & More: Exploring Possibilities with Zara Lawler
“I love seeing how an idea in music can get translated into an idea in dance, or how a theatrical event can create a sense of drama in music and vice versa.”
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Practicing:
Self-Examination: Using Recording in Daily Practice, Part 2
Continuing with his ideas on utilizing this tool in practice sessions, Sparks addresses some of the reasons musicians may avoid recording themselves. “The artistic journey could be summarized as a voyage toward discovering one’s own truth. It is truly difficult to become aware of what you are actually doing with the music. The truth can hurt so we avoid discovering it. It is often easier to just turn on the auto-pilot when practicing.”
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Flute Events:
Chicago Flute Club Celebrates 25 Years
The Chicago Flute Club celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with nearly 400 members including professional performers and teachers, music industry representatives, students, and amateur flutists. The club began in the winter of 1988-89 when flutists Sarah Cifani, Kay Ragsdale and Mary Stolper performed together in the pit orchestra of the Nutcracker Ballet at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater.
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Advice for Students:
A Letter to College Freshmen
“Those of you starting your college careers must not waste a precious moment. Go prepared. Yes, I know, you don’t have an assignment yet from your flute teacher, but you can arrive at that first lesson with your scales prepared, an etude, solo piece, and an orchestral excerpt ready to play.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Bringing It to the Table
“Teachers should consider just what topics should be on the table and how we can help students and young professionals bring more to rehearsals and performances.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
How to Choose a Piccolo Player for Band or Orchestra
“With instruction any flutist should be able to play piccolo comfortably, but some flutists are better suited to playing piccolo on a regular basis than others.”
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