IU Flute Academy

If you live anywhere near the Bloomington area and are interested in you or your student receiving the very highest caliber of private and group study, you need to check out the IU Jacobs School of Music Flute Academy. The Flute Academy is a flute study course for...

C# trill key

This week’s blog is one from the archives…I think I have a few new followers since this video was originally posted in November 2014. I also look a tad more well-rested… This video is a quick overview of the purpose of the C# trill key, a feature...

Legends: Jean-Pierre Rampal

Last Friday, I posted a wonderful video from 1987 of Jean-Pierre Rampal playing Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (see it here). It made me realize that while I have covered many important composers of flute music, that I have...

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...

The end of an era

In the spirit of the season, we are celebrating and remembering here at the flute shop and Paige’s Music this week: our long-time head of repair, as well as flute repair guru, Tim Roethler is officially retiring this Friday the 13th. Tim has been with...