Self-teaching curriculum/ Introduction

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mesangmom
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Self-teaching curriculum/ Introduction

Post by mesangmom » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:20 pm

I am a mddle aged music lover with three children still at home.
I played flute and piccolo in high school, then after I finished college and a variety of post-college things, I bought an Armstrong 80B out of someone's basement in a moldy case. I took a year of lessons then. That was 22 years ago and I have been playing that since, mostly once a week or so for church, mostly by ear. I play by ear and improvise well but don't read music too fluently.
I live a long way from a city, there will be no more lessons, and my flute is what it is (I get it adjusted every couple of years and have had two repads since buying it)

Recently I finagled my two homeschooled high school girls into the local tiny pep-band, and the teacher has asked me to mentor a flute student for a competition. I am hoping that she will continue to study with me after the contest.
I'm fine for now (competence-wise) but would like to stay ahead of her. My question is, how do I design a curriculum for myself? I think I am intermediate, but that is a huge range. Is there somewhere I can take an evaluation and figure out what music I need to buy to keep my skills moving along?
THanks for your input.

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Re: Self-teaching curriculum/ Introduction

Post by FluteMonkey » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:04 pm

Hi Mesangmom,

You might want to check out Jennifer Cluff's website, www.jennifercluff.com. Jennifer is a professional flutist and teacher and has many articles on her sight that may be of help. She's well respected within the flute community.

I'd also suggest that you find a teacher in your area and take a few lessons yourself. Most teachers would be willing to offer you one or two lessons when their schedules permit. They could assess your needs and get you started on a self study track. If there are no teachers in your area, consider setting something up for the next time you're in a larger metropolitan area.

Hope this helps. Good luck with the teaching and the practicing.

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