The Proper (and Easy!) Way to Play High Notes on the Flute

Jul 01, 2016

Struggling to play high notes on the flute? 

Getting dizzy?

Or perhaps, no matter how hard you blow, you seem to just get a loud screechy sound?

Not pleasant right!

In this short lesson I'm going to show you how to play mid and high range notes much more easily, by teaching you the...

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How To Fast-Track Every Student's Progress

Apr 11, 2016

Recognizing the individual abilities of a student has an incredibly powerful effect on their progress.

Just as those of us with kids know that each of them is different to each other, our flute students have their own qualities that they are “naturally” good at, and things that they...

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Another Way of Approaching Positivity

Apr 11, 2016

Positivity is a funny one – it sometimes gets a bad rap because it is so often not the real deal. Positivity is more than random “Well done! Good try!”s. I want to introduce you to another way of looking at positivity…

When I was learning to fly a plane, my instructor...

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How Well Do You Relate to Students AND Their Parents?

Apr 11, 2016

In the last post I discussed how I’ve recently been delving into the minefield that is one’s own innate strengths. It’s allowed me to isolate some things about myself and how they directly benefit my flute teaching.

I’m wondering, what is it about you and your flute...

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How to Use Your OWN Personality to Be a Great Flute Teacher

Apr 11, 2016

Over the past 22 years (since 1993, when I was 16 to be exact), I’ve loved teaching the flute to children, young adults and older adults. I’d always noticed that where other professional musicians taught “for money on the side”, I always considered it a distinct part of...

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What Flute Playing is Doing to Your Students’ Brains!

Apr 11, 2016

As flute teachers, I think sometimes we undervalue the amazing influence we have in the development of children’s brains.

You’ll probably agree, our musician friends are just a little bit smarter than the average population, and it’s pretty obvious from looking at the...

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The Hidden Benefits of Learning Recorder

Apr 11, 2016

You may or may not agree, but recorder is a fantastic first instrument for a young child. In fact, even though I recommend piano as a first instrument for small children, the recorder is the perfect first wind instrument for them.

Because it is cheap however, it seems to be treated as a...

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Is "Ta Ta" or "Da Da" Really the Best Way to Tongue? Or Doesn't it Matter?

Apr 11, 2016

I received a really interesting email from a reader recently. It is so interesting, that I have posted the response here for those of you who are interested in tonguing techniques and the whole “Ta” vs “Da” debate.

Email from a reader, Paul:

“I have asked...

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Interview with creator of The Virtual Flute

Apr 11, 2016

Andrew Botros was Engineers Australia’s Young Engineer of the Year in 2006 for his contributions to cochlear implants, music acoustics, machine intelligence and the engineering community, and has spoken internationally in these fields. Andrew is also a University Medallist, a winner of...

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Fluterview with Emma Sholl

Apr 05, 2016

Emma Sholl has held the position of Associate Principal Flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2003. She began working with the orchestra at the age of 19 and was awarded the 2nd Flute position the following year. She is also Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

What...

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