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  • Robert Muczynski

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 23, 2018
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    This week, I wanted to chronicle the life of one of the great American composers for flute, Robert Muczynski. Since playing his Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 during my undergraduate career, I have been fascinated by his music and always thought he was a bit underrated and ahead of his time. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about […]

  • Improvisation inspiration

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 9, 2018
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    Last night I attended a wonderful clinic featuring Wycliffe Gordon, acclaimed trombonist, here at Paige’s Music. It was sponsored by the wonderful folks at Yamaha and put on by our own Tucker Woerner, low brass specialist. Gordon had so many interesting and insightful things to share with the group, and even though I am FAR from be […]

  • Stretches for flutists

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 2, 2018
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    This week’s blog is one from the archives, but it has been one of my favorite projects that I have done so far, so I wanted to share it with everyone again! I have been super sore the past few days: interval workouts, pulling weeds in the backyard, and standing at an exhibit booth all weekend have left me super tight in my back and […]

  • Katherine Hoover

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 25, 2018
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    Another sad day in the flute world, as we mourn the loss of legendary performer, teacher, and composer Katherine Hoover. Known as a pioneering figure in the field of flute composition, Katherine leaves behind a legacy whose shoes will be hard to fill.
    Katherine received her undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1959, w […]

  • Jack Moore

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      August 28, 2018
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    The flute world is mourning the loss today of legendary flute maker Jack Moore, who passed away yesterday. Jack worked for several different American flute companies in the 1970s and early 1980s before taking on his own flute making and repair shop full-time. He was a notoriously private person, and finding information to give a befitting […]

  • Stars and Stripes Forever!

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      July 3, 2018
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    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 […]

  • Method books for the adult learner

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 19, 2018
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    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 […]

  • Staff spotlight: Chelsea Whittington

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      May 29, 2018
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    Hi there! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend–I know I did! It has certainly been a whirlwind of a week! Keep an eye out here for photos and a post-concert wrap-up from our Project Trio performance last week–it was incredible!
    As you have probably seen before, every month Paige’s Music features a […]

  • Performance anxiety

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      February 6, 2018
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    I know there are probably a lot of you readers who are participating in State ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest this weekend, and I wish every one of you the very best of luck! Luck doesn’t really have anything to do with it, though, does it? We all know that it comes down to preparation and practice–but how many of us know a pi […]

  • Slow practicing

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      January 23, 2018
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    This week’s blog is a guest post from The Flute View with Anna Luther on the benefits of slow practicing. Enjoy!
    At first blush, slow practice can feel torturous, no matter how long you’ve been playing music. Slowing your 16th notes down so they are played like 8ths–or somehow worse, quarter notes–can feel like the […]

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