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    NFA convention plans

    It’s finally here! Wednesday morning (VERY early…zzz…) I board a plane for Orlando for the National Flute Asssociation 2018 convention! There are so many things I love about being able to attend this convention every year, and I always come back feeling so rejuvenated and excited about the work that I do here! Here are s […]

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    FAQ: Renting a beginning instrument online

    If you have come to this site looking for information about renting a beginning flute, first of all–welcome! You and your student are about to embark on a wonderful, fulfilling journey of flute playing. At the Indy Flute Shop, in partnership with Paige’s Music, we have partnered with many schools throughout the state to become the […]

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    Instrument overhauls

    Nothing incites more sticker shock in this industry than finding out that someone’s instrument, after careful storage for many years, is in dire need of a re-pad and overhaul. In a perfect world, a flute could sit on a shelf for untold numbers of years and be ready to play just as good as new–but unfortunately, the opposite is […]

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    Your beginning flute player

    Well, as quickly as it began, summer is over–or at least almost over–for many of us here in Indiana! It’s hard to believe that as of next week, many metro Indianapolis school systems are back in session. For many of you, that means it’s time to begin the exciting journey of starting your student on an instrument for beginning band […]

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    Bass flutes

    I have been doing some comparison shopping for a customer, and I field quite a bit of questions about them, so our topic for the week: bass flutes! In the past 5 years, I have seen an explosion of music–both band/orchestral and flute choir–written with bass flute parts. These wonderful instruments can be a bit hard to find, so […]

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    Stars and Stripes Forever!

    I hope everyone has fun plans that keep you safe–and cool!–for the 4th of July holiday tomorrow! In honor of the holiday, I thought I would pass along some history on piccolo’s most famous solo: The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa. Even if you don’t know it by name, you probably recognize the famous […]

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    Summer care tips

    It looks like we’re in for another heat wave here in Central Indiana! Many of you are out of school for the summer, and perhaps taking advantage of some opportunities to perform or practice outside. Many community bands in the area host outdoor concert series, which is great, but it does come with some extra necessities as far as ta […]

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    Method books for the adult learner

    One of the most fun parts of my job here is working with students of all ages, not just beginning middle schoolers! In my (just over) five years here, I have seen more and more adults express an interest in learning–either for the first time or after many years away–how to play the flute. I love working with adult beginners be […]

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    Caring for your Flute–updated!

    Hi there! Our director of marketing, Tim Gee, recently undertook the huge task of updating all of our instrument care videos. The original videos were done just before HD became popular, so it was time for a redo. Below is the general care and maintenance video for flute, with instruction given by yours truly! If you’d like to see the r […]

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    Butler Community Arts School

    Most of you are out of school or have students out of school–has the cabin fever set in yet?? While you’re planning your summer getaways, be sure to keep some fantastic opportunities in mind for your young musician right here in Indianapolis, through the Butler Community Arts School. Summer is the perfect time for students to […]

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