The Art of Practicing

I encourage my students to practice every day, even if it’s only for a short time.  I ask them to practice scales, etudes, specialty exercises and of course, work on their pieces.

Some other thoughts on practicing…

How many hours a day should I practice? 
Leonard Garrison’s thoughts on how to practice

Here are some words of wisdom from Sir James Galway about daily practice, and specifically, practicing scales.

Practicing Scalesfrom James Galway Masterclass – Youtube Video

Daily Practice & Scales – from James Galway Masterclass – Youtube Video


Summer Flute Workshop

I’m running a small Summer Flute Workshop this week with a few of my wonderful students.  We are working on several flute chamber works, including Debussy’s Serabande Quartet and Hayden’s Andante & Allegro for four flutes.

We will also be spending half a session on various flute techniques, including tone production and breathing.  I will be sharing some of my favorite resources for teaching (& learning) these techniques in future posts so stay tuned!

My Flute Lineage

I studied flute under the renowned flute educator, Patricia Joyce Wood, who studied with Francis Blaisdell, who in turn was a student of the great French flutist Georges Barrere, and other flute giants like Marcel Moyse and William Kincaid.

I also studied with Keith Underwood, Eleanor Lawrence, Jan Vinci and Jeffrey Khaner, Principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

What’s your flute study lineage?  You can read more about my background here.