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Dear Readers,

Like so many, I have spent the past several days in social distancing due to COVID-19.  I am, as many of you are, scared. It’s important that I acknowledge this feeling. The fear inside me stems from knowing I may lose something, or someone that I deeply cherish. I have no other course of action right now, other than to be grateful for the things I have, and acknowledge that change is coming.  

Instead of dwelling on fear, I want to share the immense gratitude I feel for the blessings which surround my life. I am thankful for this time to sit and write. I am thankful for technology, which allows us to be connected at any moment. I am thankful for Zoom, which allows me to connect with some of my students. 

As time slows down and social distancing becomes the new normal, I am grateful for the opportunity to share this edition of The Flute Examiner with you. We have a wonderful interview with Detroit principal flutist, Hannah Hammel, in addition to tips for teaching online by Christina Condon. Our own Kelly Wilson has an entertaining story we can all relate to. Finally, our collaboration with the New York Women Composers begins with a lovely "sneak peak" into Pamela Sklar's "Flashes."

-Amanda Hoke, The Flute Examiner Team

image Interview with Hannah Hammel

Flute Beginnings When did you start playing the flute?  Why did you choose this instrument? I began the flute when I was seven, which is pretty early, but there was…

image Online Teaching – A Model for Success If you’re like most musicians, when you hear about online music lessons your first reaction might be to scoff and think it is a bad thing, but it…

image A Story About a Claw, a Flute, and Two Flutists

A brand new flute student came through the door for his first lesson. Overflowing with excitement to meet his new teacher and demonstrate his wicked flute skills, he starts playing…

image Pamela Sklar “Flashes”

Flashes of Inspiration and Joy Since childhood I have always felt inspired by Native American cultures. Their artistic, expressive, intuitive spiritual ways, incredible skills and natural respect for nature, animals,…

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