Whew! Of course, I had to film this video on possibly the hottest day so far this year in Seattle, haha! The tricky part was figuring out lighting. I didn't want to set up my full lighting rig because it was already so hot! I knew I had to rely on natural light. Natural light always looks the best, but the only downside is that it can change drastically within one filming session (clouds, the sun setting, etc.)
Due to schedule constrictions, I was forced to film everything in one day. It took about 35 minutes to film the "flute trials", an hour to film the talking portion, and another half an hour to film the the close-ups. Filming, however, isn't simply done back to back, so it actually took all day to set up the shots, wait for my camera battery to recharge twice, check the shots on my computer to make sure I was in focus, among a multitude of other things.
All this while it was super hot! I'm honestly the most impressed with how my makeup held up, haha!
In any case, these flutes were a joy to play with, and now I understand why so many students love their Pearls! Hope you guys love it as much as I did. ^_^
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Pearl 505 specs:
- all silver-plated
- open hole
- offset G
- split E mechanism
- B footjoint
Pearl 665 specs:
- (.925) sterling silver headjoint
- silver-plated body and mechanism
- French (open hole) model
- pointed key arms
- offset G
- split E mechanism
- B footjoint
**Huge thanks to the Flute Center of New York for sponsoring this review!
**Full transparency: I do earn a commission on each instrument purchased from FCNY using my code "JAF". :)
I actually had the notes for this video prepared for over a month but didn't get around to it until now. I'll be honest and say that, in a way, I didn't really want to make this video because it reveals some of the most insecure thoughts I have about being a private flute teacher.
I thought these thoughts would go away when I got the flute of the dreams and when I finished school. I thought I would get to a place in my life where I would be 100% confident in my teaching, and I would know that I'm teaching my students the right way to play the flute.
I've been teaching for over 10 years now, and I feel none of those things.
Instead, I still feel the same things I felt as a new teacher. None of it has gone away. I've really just learned to cope with these feelings, and I'm still learning to embrace them. This video is part of my own personal journey to accept these insecure thoughts I have and to be okay with them.
At the very least, I really hope this video can help comfort other teachers out there. I'm sure other people feel the same. I'm just here to say: It's okay, we're in it together. :)
So I may be a professional now, but that doesn't mean things still don't go wrong! I thought I'd share these on-stage mishaps with you guys because, personally, I LOVED hearing these kinds of stories from my own teachers!
I'm not sure why I remember this story so clearly, but I distinctly remember telling my master's teacher, Linda Lukas, about how I'd gotten my scarf caught on my flute, and I nearly couldn't get it untangled before I had to play during an orchestra rehearsal. I felt a little embarrassed telling her, but I also felt like she'd probably enjoy the story. I was so surprised when she told me that the exact same thing happened to her too!!! And this was during a routine San Francisco Symphony rehearsal at the Davie Symphony Hall.
To this day, I can't fully describe how hearing that story made me feel. It was a huge mixture of feeling like maybe professionals aren't as prim and perfect as I had thought... feeling like maybe even a peasant like me could make it as professional... feeling like my teacher was suddenly even more relatable and human... feeling like making silly mistakes here and there wasn't actually that big of a deal... feeling like maybe even professionals don't always feel like professionals?
In the end, I think I had a much better understanding of what "professional musicians" are really like. It's not unlike how people always say that they never feel like they've ever "grown up". When you're young, you always think the grown-ups have it all figured out, and so will you when you grow up. But then you grow up and find out that in reality, all "grown-ups" are just figuring out life as they go too, and no one really ever truly feels like they know what they're doing.
Professional musicians are the same. We still feel like we're still figuring out this music world, this music industry. We still make mistakes, we still learn from mistakes, and we still continue to grow. :)
Oh boy, this video is a long time coming. I've noticed that you guys have been asking about teaching tips for a while now, and a few questions stood out to me because they were about keeping yourselves organized!
Setting your studio up is no easy task, but it's well worth all the time and energy spent on research and setting up your own rules (provided that you actually like being a teacher, haha!). I spent about a month crafting my online lessons page that you see here on this website, tweaking it as I thought of more scenarios I might face and thinking of ways to make things easier for my students, my students' parents, and myself.
Probably the hardest part about taking the time to set all this up is the fact that it takes so much time. You're not initially paid by anyone to set up rules, invoices, payment plans, etc, so it's 100% an investment on your part as the teacher. Yes, it is a risk, and I'm not going to sugar coat it. On the one hand, you're doing all this work but not getting paid yet, but on the other hand, if you don't put in all this work, you will undoubtedly run into a lot of trouble in the future.
And since I've put so much time and energy into this, why not share my hard work so you guys can benefit from it? My belief is that all my students and subscribers should surpass me in skill both as performer and teacher some day. That's how the human race evolves and develops! So take what I've learned and run with it! ;)
Oh, and yes, I have to be transparent and mention that my boyfriend works for OneNote. But even though he works on it, I really, honestly live on OneNote. ALL of my work is on there. It's kind of scary...