“Mostly I’m a thinker, a worrier … it’s not that there’s no free spirit in me.
But it’s a free spirit with a five-year plan”
― Elizabeth Bard, Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
This fall begins a new chapter in the flute studio at Butler Community College. Butler's new START SMART program offers tuition reimbursement for high school flutists who take lessons at the Andover, KS or El Dorado, KS locations. If you follow these guidelines you can have your flute lesson tuition completely reimbursed. Wow!!
Admission Details: High School students may take courses for credit, if they:
Once you've completed the application, submitted the release form, and documented eligibility as described above, enroll for your preferred location by visiting the course schedule and searching for all courses taught by Ellen Mosley.
MU 160 - APPLIED BAND 1 (FLUTE)
CRN 16117 1.0 Credit Hour--------W-------Andover1810 N. Andover Rd/Andover HS Applied Class
CRN 9809 2.0 Credit Hours---By Appt----El Dorado Music/Theatre, Room 725 Applied Class
Spaces may fill quickly at the Andover location and scheduling will be determined on the basis of which students contact me with their preferred lesson time(s) first. If you'd like to touch base please contact me today. Thanks!
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
I'd like to highlight a performance opportunity for high school flutists in central Kansas. The Senior Orchestra of the Delano Summer Youth Orchestras has space for two flutists, and scholarships are still available. Please contact me for more info today!
Summer break is a great time to focus on the flute and perform music with young players from the Wichita area. (It sure beats watching reruns on Netflix!) Check it out:
“Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.”
― George R.R. Martin
It's that time of year when approximately four of my Facebook friends will post a barrage of Game of Thrones theme song covers. And I, of course, have to watch every single one..... In the spirit of generosity (?) I've compiled my Top Three flute covers (+ one honorable mention) to throw into the fray. Enjoy!
This one is pretty epic. It needs no introduction:
I may have to show this one to my Music Appreciation class. It offers a fine glimpse of the performers and the music itself.
Meet the Flute Family and hang out for a while:
Honorable Mention for a Non-Flute Performance:
“Another year is fast approaching. Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world.”
― Jason Mraz
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
― Albert Einstein
So, you've started to build your skills as a musician and gigs are starting to land in your lap. That's fantastic! But if you're like most musicians staying organized isn't on the top of your priority list each day. Sure, you may imagine yourself taking a day (or a week) off to finally go through those stacks full of financial "stuff" eventually. Yeah, eventually sounds good....
Here are my top five tax organization tips for musicians. Learned the hard way by someone who is now more organized (not more enthusiastic) when it comes to self-employment tax prep.
As in all things tax-related, be sure to work with a tax professional if you have any specific questions or concerns when filing. Keeping track of your information and expenses doesn't guarantee that you can write them off, but it will make it easier to find out. Also, be sure to check out these guidelines to see if your expenses are considered business or hobby expenses by the IRS.
Play a Haynes Flute:
There's an awesome opportunity for flutists in Sedgwick County (and its surrounding counties) in Central Kansas to play on professional flutes. Each year the Tack Flute Committee hosts an audition and (since there are several flutes available) each flutist has a good shot. Check out the details below!
The George B. Tack Memorial Flute Committee is a nonprofit organization based in Wichita, KS. Each year it hosts auditions for deserving young flutists to play one of several Haynes flutes that have been donated to the organization.
Over the years several flutists' estates in central Kansas have donated Haynes flutes (most are 1950s vintage) so that these instruments could make the lives of flutists who can't afford a quality instrument better. The Tack Flute Committee maintains each instrument and makes these amazing flutes available to deserving flutists for the following year. Check out the bios for some famous Haynes artists!
“Ginger: You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world?... It's all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they're really good at. It's all the sons who become blacksmiths because their fathers were blacksmiths. It's all the people who could be really fantastic flute players who grow old and die without ever seeing a musical instrument, so they become bad plowmen instead. It's all the people with talents who never even find out. Maybe they are never even born in a time when it's even possible to find out. It's all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be. It's all the wasted chances.”
― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures
Today's post is a mash-up of flute competitions that I'd like for my students to consider doing this spring. When I was in high school the idea of traveling outside of the state seemed so far-fetched. I wouldn't have even considered it. Each of the competitions I list here are organized by my colleagues and are well run and easy to find. I wish I would've been a bit braver back then. So, without further ado, here's a list of flute competitions both local and within a day's drive of Wichita. Getting outside of the area can be a great way to stretch yourself and see what the performance level is in other parts of the USA.
The Colorado Flute Association is offering a really great opportunity for flutists of all ages and levels to perform and compete. They offer divisions for flutists as young as age 5. Consider taking a short trip to Denver, CO for this one!2014 Student Honors Competition
Finally, the Mid-South Flute Society is offering a comprehensive line-up of flute competitions and performances at their festival this March.
Check these out:
“My Zombie apocalypse plan is simple but effective; I fully intend to die in the very first wave.
Let's be honest, we all have ideas about what good lip care looks like and what it doesn't look like. My lips are more prone to chapping and peeling than most people I know (probably related to some hydration issues....). So what works for me may not be right for you. With that in mind, I'd like to share a few tips that have made a big difference for me:
Products I Like:
Fresh Sugar Rose is my favorite lip balm for flutists. It has long staying power and feels lighter than most lip balms I've tried.
Philosophy makes great lip balms in a wide variety of colors and flavors. They last a really long time for me. I haven't tried their more heavy duty lip repair since the regular lip balms/glosses work well for me.
Aquaphor Lip Repair is designed to help you deal with more of a painful chapping issues. It's not something I use every day, but it's available at most drugstores. It's thin and lightweight and easy to find in a pinch.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through,
but rather how many can get through to you.”
― Mortimer J. Adler
The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green is a little bit crunchy, but packs a punch. Read it if you want to gather ideas on how to combat performance anxiety or if you're working on your musical interpretations. The reviews on Amazon offer a great peek into the content.
How do you work on performing with more confidence? Are you playing the way you want to play? Are you making musical choices that you want to make? In other words, are you asking yourself the tough questions? Etc....
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron takes you on a step-by-step creativity trail. It's time-intensive and I think you'll enjoy it more if you use it as part of a weekly book discussion with friends.
This book offers a lot of ideas for helping you find your artistic voice and/or get yourself out of the dreaded creative slump. I'm planning on skimming it again this Spring and then revisiting some exercises this summer. (Disclaimer: She calls it A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. In general, this means she invites you to take your beliefs and use them as part of your process, but overall, it's pretty low impact on that front.)
And now for something completely different..... Jesuit Priests in Space!
I just started reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and hope to finish it up before the end of the Spring Semester. I'm not sure what to expect, but it got great reviews from my friend David Taylor. (Check out Number 10 here.)
Anyway, I'm inspired to read something that's a little bit deeper than self-help books. If you have any recommendations (before the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire comes out), please send them my way. :-)
Ellen Johnson Mosley is a flutist & fan of fine television.
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