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  • Does your student’s instrument need to be returned to the Indy Flute Shop? Before beginning this process, first make sure that your student is done with their music program and will not be continuing in the fall. Instruments rented from Paige’s Music or the IFS are NOT returned for the summer. Our hope is that your student practices a […]

  • Routine maintenance

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      April 25, 2017
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    Recently, I’ve had some questions from customers who have recently bought a brand new flute from the IFS, only to return weeks later with some adjustment issues. This certainly has the potential to be frustrating, but with an understanding about how instruments arrive in my shop, I wanted to take a moment to clarify some expectation […]

  • Mr. Barker’s retirement

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      February 14, 2017
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    Well, this isn’t exactly flute related, but it is something that is near and dear to my heart: my high school band director, Mr. Tom Barker, announced his retirement from Lafayette Jefferson High School last week. I’m sure that many of you have a teacher (or a few!) from your school days who helped to shape you into the person […]

  • Performance anxiety

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      November 29, 2016
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    Performance anxiety is one of the most common complaints of musicians, from amateur performers to top professionals. While it is completely normal for a musician to get nervous before a performance, some find that the manifestation of their symptoms is enough to keep them from performing at their best. Luckily, this subject has had lots o […]

  • Microphones

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 27, 2016
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    I have gotten several questions recently from amateur performers about using a microphone when performing, and that’s a tricky question to answer! Often, a microphone is definitely needed to help amplify an instrument that can be very easily drowned out when playing as an accompaniment to an ensemble–for example, a church choi […]

  • Straubinger Phoenix Pads

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 7, 2016
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    Many of you know that the Straubinger family is responsible for making some of the very best flutes on the planet. David and Joel Straubinger’s flutes represent the very highest in handcrafted quality, attention to detail, and top-of-the-line materials. Many professional flutes, including several brands carried at the Indy Flute Shop, f […]

  • Flute Music Share Challenge

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      May 24, 2016
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    This week, I was nominated to participate in the #100daystoNFA challenge. In the 100 days leading up to the annual National Flute Association convention, held this year in sunny San Diego, flute players all over the world are sharing their music with each other and the world. Today is day 22, and I am playing an excerpt from George Bizet& […]

  • Private lessons: the big questions

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      January 19, 2016
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    You have probably at some point heard your student’s teacher, a Paige’s Music or IFS sales rep, or even your student mention taking private lessons. There are many factors to consider when deciding upon private lessons and a private lessons teacher. The goal of this article is to help you make an educated decision when it comes to pri […]

  • 2015 in review

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      December 29, 2015
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    The last week in 2015…already?? This year has certainly been a whirlwind for all of us here at Paige’s Music and the Indy Flute Shop. Let’s take a look back at all the exciting events this year…
    January
    Paige’s Music exhibited at the IMEA convention in Fort Wayne this year, complete with a mini golf tournamen […]

  • This is your brain on music

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      November 3, 2015
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    If you follow our parent company, Paige’s Music, on any social media network, you know that we have been sending out daily truths about the importance of music education in children’s lives. Most of us have heard the studies about how music makes you a smarter, more adjusted, better performing (no pun intended) individual, but […]

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