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Dear Readers,

This month’s Flute Examiner is designed to make you think. Our articles delve into both time-tested and brand new ideas, ranging from Kelly’s tips on how to survive playing the flute with braces and guest columnist Katherine Lewis’ portrait of what it means to be a flutist and administrator to Keith’s survey of new innovations in piccolo construction and Amanda’s second article in her series about applying the methodology of Kodaly to studio teaching, specifically to teaching rhythm.


Our feature this month is an interview of Katherine Borst Jones by Kelly, who is one of her former students. This article is a treasure! KBJ is a titan of flute pedagogy, and her ideas are both practical and inspiring. Reading about her experiences and philosophy, it’s not at all hard to understand why The Ohio State University is such a destination for serious and engaged students!

—Jessica Dunnavant, Editor, The Flute Examiner

image “Music – Where We Hear Our Souls” – Interview with Katherine Borst Jones

I was fortunate to sit down with Katherine Borst Jones on a recent Saturday before heading down to the Ohio State University campus for a weekend of piccolo festivities. More…

image Braces – A Rite of Passage

As teachers, most of us have probably had students who showed up one day with braces. Sometimes, you might have had previous knowledge that the braces were coming and other…

image Modern Piccolo Mechanisms

Modern technology and the demands of players have motivated piccolo builders to reconsider the physical limitations of the piccolo mechanism. Many of the top makers now offer key work options…

image Developing great timing with simple exercises Part II: Aural Responses

This article is one in a three part series that focuses on great “timing,” specifically ways to develop a sense of beat and rhythm for beginning students, older beginners or…

image Flutists as Administrators 101

Administrator. What does it mean? And what is it, exactly, in the music world? The word ‘administrator’ literally means “a person responsible for running a business, organization, etc.” or “a…

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