Flute Talk

Articles April 2013

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Interview:
A Conversation with John McMurtery
McMurtery is currently professor of flute at Western Illinois University and and section flutist with the New York City Opera Orchestra. “Choosing the right major is very important. Even for students who pursue performance careers, I recommend a second degree in music education or music business.”
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Teaching:
The Daily Flute Workout
“I wanted to make it absolutely clear to students and parents that I expect several practice sessions per week from them. I also wanted them to understand what these sessions entail and why they are important. Most of my students are involved in some type of sport or activity, so calling the practice sheet a workout resonates with them.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
In About An Hour
“While most performers will not admit to playing along with a CD, I think most have done it sometime during their studies.”
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Feature:
The Artistic Flute in the Early Baroque Period
“From images of the flute found in early cave paintings of 30,000 BCE to images found in contemporary works, much can be revealed about the development of the flute and how it is influenced by social structure and historic or political events of the time.”
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Debost's Comments:
A Breath of Fresh Air for Spring
“The most natural way to breathe is comparable to what we do when we are not aware of it, such as when we read a bulletin board or a newspaper while waiting for the bus.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Scheherazade
“On piccolo, it is critical to move only the front of the tongue so that it interferes as little as possible with the air stream.”
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Personal Perspective:
A Journey From Sax to Flute
Herman Bonett started out a saxophone player and spent several years in Marine Corps post bands before pursuing a career in journalism. After years away he returned to his first love of big bands and found that knowledge of flute was now expected.
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