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“I had a dream …

“I had a dream that my history paper was done AND I got a new flute. That would have been wonderful.” – flute student, Cassandra Soffron

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“I LOVE when …

“I LOVE when people are alive!” – flute student, Corinne Berntsen

Corinne’s favorite composer is Samuel Hazo, and he was the Conductor for the All New England Music Festival’s Symphonic Band.  Corinne was very excited to participate in All New England, and this quote was her reaction to learning that Hazo would be her conductor.

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You know you’re a musician. . .

“You know that you’re a musician when, in joining your dad and brother’s acorn-whistling contests, you figure out how to play Hot Cross Buns.” – flute student, Brittany Petros

Yup.  That’s how I knew!

Student Breakthrough

“It seemed so hard at first, but now it’s EASY!  And, it’s REALLY FUN!!”  – flute student, Joselyn Allin

YES!

This embouchure octave slur breakthrough happened during a  young student’s recent lesson.  She started as a beginner in the middle of this past summer because she wanted to join band with her friends.  These friends have already been in band for two years. . .

Practicing has been difficult and boring for her thus far.  And, when band class started, she discovered that the other kids know much more than she does.  She brought her band music to her lesson that week and told me she was scared.

That’s when I told her that if she practices my way, not only will she catch up to the other kids, but she will end up being one of the best ones.  She seemed skeptical, but I told her to trust me, and she did.

A few weeks later, she proudly announced that the other kids don’t know how to play a B natural.  Last week she was excited to learn notes lower than the ones the other kids know, and informed me that the other kids “don’t even do long tones.”  And, this week she learned to control high notes with her embouchure, and discovered that it sounds “way prettier” to do it that way.

She laments the fact that she can’t play the band music.  “YET!”  I interrupted.  “Never say that you can’t do something.  Say that you can’t do it yet.”

“I can’t play the band music YET.”  She announced.  Then she flashed me a gigantic smile.

She gets it!

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“I love it so much. . .

“I love it so much, I can’t even take it!!!” – flute student, Cassandra Soffron

This quote was Cassandra’s response when I asked her how she liked the piece she was getting ready to perform, Ernest Bloch’s Suite Modale.  She had just had her first rehearsal with the accompanist and was pretty excited about the piece.  (I knew it was the right piece for her – and her performance was lovely!)

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“It’s really fun…

“It’s really fun to play when you know you are getting so much better!” – flute student, Kiersten Flodman

She just blurted this one out in the middle of a flute lesson. . .

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“Smile and nod….

“Smile and nod. Maybe she’ll go away.” – flute student, Madison Butler

This was Madison’s response to my very earnest, upbeat, and somewhat lengthy pep talk during a flute lesson.  She even smiled and nodded while she said it. . .

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