You get what you pay for: piccolos

I did something I knew I would regret the other day: I went to Amazon and searched “piccolo.” No brand name, no price specifications. As I expected, a plethora of inexpensive instruments in an array of colors and finishes greeted me, promising great sound...

Curved head flutes

This topic is one from the archives, but with updated information! When most flute players think of curved headjoints, they think of alto and bass flutes. But did you know that curved headjoints are available on regular C flutes as well? These instruments, designed...

Emerson DeFord

At the National Flute Association convention in Salt Lake City this past August, the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to master flute maker and entrepreneur Emerson DeFord. Many aspects of the flute that we take for granted today, particularly on student...

Test Drive Your Contest Solo

If you haven’t seen on Facebook, we are getting ready to host the first event of the new decade (!!), and it is a great opportunity that you don’t want to miss if you know (or are) a student preparing for ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest. Do your students...

A Very Flutey Christmas

It’s almost Christmas! I truly hope that each and every one of my readers is having a fabulous holiday season, whatever your celebrations and traditions may be. I feel so fortunate to be able to share a very small part of my customers’ celebrations every...