This video is actually a LONG time coming! It's been a few years now since I graduated from my master's, and this still holds true: the master's oral defense is STILL the most musically legit thing I've ever done.
At the time, I was living with a little family, and I felt pretty bad having to hole myself up in my room for three weeks just poring over the Bach flute sonata. I must have looked insane to them. I actually have a few videos from my time there... I have no idea where I found the time to make videos WHILE dealing with the oral defense, graduation recital, and a host of other graduation responsibilities.
The work is long and arduous, but gosh darn it, it is WELL worth the time and energy you put into it! I really suggest that you try doing the same thing (maybe on a smaller scale, for time's sake) for the pieces that you're studying! It really adds that extra dimension of life, relatability, and feeling of ownership when you're performing the piece.
Happy studying! <3
I've been thinking of telling you guys this story for the longest time, and I just decided to go for it this week.
One thing I didn't have time to mention is the ongoing debate in the music world over whether or not you should memorize the music that you perform. Some musicians are huge proponents for memorizing music because they believe that it's easier for the performer and audience to get into the music than when there's a music stand literally standing between the performer and audience. Other musicians argue that you can be just as expressive with music and that a really great performer can perform with the same level of connection with their audience with or without a music stand standing between them.
For me, I think a performer should just go with his or her gut. Do you actually perform better without the music? Does memorizing the music allow you get deeper into the music, or are you too distracted by trying to remember what comes next? Do you perform better with the music? Do you feel like you don't need to remember the music and so you get lost in the music more easily?
As you can see, it can really go both ways. It's up to the performer's personality and quirks.
In the end, you need to find out who you are and perform according to how you know you work best.
HUGE thanks to Flute Center of New York for sponsoring another review video! It's been an absolute joy to work with this amazing company! I feel so completely spoiled by their generosity and wonderful collaborative spirit. Thank you, FCNY!
You might have been wondering why I didn't mention much about the mechanism on these flutes. All I would have said was that both are smooth and light. Because the mechanism of beginner flutes can vary so much, I was sure to include how they felt for the previous review. Step-up and intermediate flutes are expected to include much smoother mechanism to help students execute their more difficult repertoire. Instead, tonal quality is the most important quality when looking at step-up and intermediate flutes because when flutists are looking to upgrade, they are usually trying to upgrade their sound.
Both flutes are amazing, so choose the flute that fits your needs the most! Happy flute shopping! <3
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You're probably looking in the background and wondering who the new addition is! Meet Totem (at least, that's what I call him). He's a totem buddy that appears in the beautiful puzzle game Monument Valley, and I picked him up at PAX West 2016 last weekend! He's so cute, and the best part: each cube on his body rotates!!
Besides Totem joining the little video background family, this video was an interesting one to film because I initially didn't want to film it! I don't like repeating myself on my channel, but enough of you guys were asking more about time management (even subscribers that I'm certain had already watched my first Time Management video) that I was convinced that it was time to make part 2 of Time Management for Musicians.
Everything I talk about in these videos is from direct experience. I learned the hard way! I spent hours and hours and hours banging my head against my practice room walls because I was trying to practice in ways that I had been told were the "right" way to practice, but they just weren't working for me! I spent a long time thinking I was just doomed to be a mediocre flutist. It took until my master's degree and the instruction of the lovely Linda Lukas (2nd Flutist of the San Francisco Symphony, flute professor at San Francisco State University) for me to realize that I had just been practicing the wrong ways for me! Sure, those practice methods worked for my friends, but they just weren't fit for me.
Think about it like clothes. Just because a shirt looks really good on your friend, it doesn't necessarily mean the same shirt looks just as amazing on you. Maybe the color doesn't flatter your skin tone well. Maybe the fit isn't cut for your body type. Maybe you need a different size. As it turns out, practice methods are the same!
So go forth and explore all the different practice methods there are out there (and don't be shy to make up your own practice techniques!) and find which ones work for you!
Happy practicing! <3
This video was particularly difficult to film because there is just so much to talk about. Never mind the fact that I actually had to completely reshoot this because the first shoot's lighting was so bad that it rendered the footage completely unusable, but that's besides the point...
I wanted to talk about maturity levels of students too and how it can vary from person to person, but it caused the discussion to derail quite a bit. I might talk about that in a future video, so let me know if you have any questions about that that I can include.
Teaching definitely has a steep learning curve, and you learn the most from your mistakes when teaching students. I wanted to share those mistakes and revelations with you guys, so hopefully, you don't make the same mistakes I did and can continue developing this wonderful thing called music education. :)