Flute Talk

Articles May 2015

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Interview:
The Call of the Flute: Wendy Webb Kumer on Teaching, Playing, and Flute Choirs.
“Since most middle school flutists study in a public school band program, they are used to playing in unison. To become independent rhythmically and harmonically, I introduce students to flute choir literature that is in three or four parts.”
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Feature:
The Shakuhachi
“As it exists today, the shakuhachi is a thoroughly modern instrument that can be played solo or in various ensemble configurations. It is well crafted to play in tune with both Japanese traditional instruments and modern Western instruments. Despite its rather rustic appearance, the shakuhachi is capable of deep, rich sounds.”
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Personal Perspective:
How To Be Teachable
“Fortunately by now I knew I was the teacher as well as the student. I had at last become teachable, recognizing that the only person who could teach me was me. Any other person in the room was only there to keep me up to the mark.”
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Column:
The Pros and Cons of Competitions
“It is our responsibility to prepare students to accept the odds and understand that they probably won’t win. The mindset that students enter a competition with is crucial to a healthy outcome.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Senioritis, Burnout, Exhaustion
“The first thing to go for me is my tone. It starts to sound tired and predictable. Predictability is not bad in itself, but when I begin playing passages without a lot of thought in a generic way, I know I should do something.”
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Career Advice:
How to Make a Living with a Music Degree
“The top piece of advice I would give to aspiring musicians is to apply for everything. No gigs or job opportunities will fall into your lap.”
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Career Advice:
What’s in Your Flute Bag
Keep a variety of supplies packed and ready to go, and you will be prepared for any emergency that might occur.
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