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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!

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...

August 18, 2014


One of the biggest initial challenges in playing the flute is getting used to the amount of air needed to produce a good tone. Although flutists can become accustomed to this within a few weeks of consistent and thoughtful practice, it's still necessary for us to cont...

May 16, 2014

German composer and keyboard player Sigfrid Karg-Elert is best known for his works for harmonium and organ. At the age of 5, he moved with his family to Leipzig. Following the death of his father in 1889, a family in Leipzig provided Sigfrid with a piano so that he cou...

April 15, 2014

Private lessons are a long-term journey as opposed to a destination. Since the term “better” is in reference to a student’s previous level of ability, this growth is continual. Oftentimes, one may think of lessons as a time to fix weaknesses, in order to be the best pe...

March 18, 2014

I often urge my students to record themselves practicing, and to do so on a consistent basis. Music is a continual growth process. We should persistently seek to improve various aspects of our playing. Hundreds (if not thousands) of thoughts fill our minds during a pra...

February 11, 2014

“Ugh, I don’t want to read about scales... they are soooo boring. I would rather practice ‘real music’ instead of scales.” If I got paid for everytime I've had a student express those sentiments, I might be able to retire today!


Unfortunately, a lot of students hold mi...

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