Welcome to the Learning Zone!

Here, I will post regarding various topics in music such as composers, pieces, technique, music theory, etc. Each post will end with a brief CALL TO ACTION, an opportunity to creatively apply what you've just read. Is there a topic that you would like me to write about? Leave a comment with your topic suggestion!

June 14, 2019

Have you heard about the recession that economists are predicting to begin in 2021? Read more about it here. What are you doing to prepare and add stability to your musical journey and life in general during this time?

May 8, 2019

The first inspirational figure I’d like to highlight is Jade Simmons. Mrs. Simmons, is a classically trained pianist, inspirational speaker, author, podcast host, wife, mother, and much more. She is changing not only the music world, but fields across many disciplines....

March 26, 2019

This past weekend, I attended the Mid-South Flute Society's annual flute festival in Memphis. American composer and flutist Valerie Coleman was the guest artist this year. Always an exciting performer and clinician to listen to, her presentations at the festival this w...

April 1, 2017

Recently, I attended SphinxConnect in Detroit, MI. So many wonderful programs and program ideas were shared during this dynamic convening. Nonie Hsu, a former colleague of mine from the University of Michigan, discussed the launching of "Classical Music Network -...

September 22, 2016

 As instrumentalists, our tone speaks for us in the absence of lyrics (unless you are singing an playing simultaneously, but that is another blog post 😃). In order to most effectively and beautifully communicate our musical ideas, careful consideration must be given t...

May 18, 2016

 

There are two things to remember that will substantially help ease your nerves:

 

  • Nerves are actually great, if you think of them from the right point of view. They show that you care about doing a great job!

  • You are NOT alone! Most people are nervous when they...

February 2, 2016

There are some fundamental elements that should always be incorporated into your practice. A few are listed below, and some additional elements will follow in a continuation of this series.

  1. Strategy-always practice with specific goals and strategies to achieve your...

October 26, 2015

Here are 4 of my favorite resources in no particular order:

 

*Amy Porter - Professor of Flute, University of Michigan

Here are some exercises and advice from her website.

Also check out the interviews and downloads!

 

*Student Loan Show - financial advice website specifical...

April 27, 2015

Do you find yourself slipping into the abyss of “No Practice World” during breaks from school? Breaks are the perfect time to refine your musicianship and lay foundations that are somewhat harder to do when you are faced with the time constraints that school often impo...

March 14, 2015

As professor of flute at the Paris Conservatoire from 1893 until his death in 1908, French flutist and conductor Claude-Paul Taffanel was the founder of the French Flute School. The French Flute School, which was characterized by lightness of tone and vibrato, played a...

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