Music


Okay, so, I play the flute and a smallish bit of piano. I have been playing since I was about ten years old. I got my old beginner Gemeinhardt flute as a Christmas present years ago and I was soooooo excited.
 I think the flute is a beautiful instrument--it looks beautiful and sounds beautiful too! (At least, if played well.) I think the first time I decided I wanted to play the flute was when we used to watch a kid's cartoon:

In one of the parts, it's raining outside and when it stops, a flute plays a happy little bit of soundtrack as Spot runs excitedly to ask his mother if he can go outside now. (If you know what I'm talking about, high five!) I always loved that. And so I wanted to play the flute.

I have been studying at the Flint School of Performing Arts (part of the Flint Institute of Music) for the past 7 years and have had so many great experiences! I studied with Dr. Jessica Cech (her is a link to her website if you are so inclined: https://jessicacechflute.squarespace.com/), who has been a great teacher and friend, and a lady named Mrs. Carol Andersen. My time with her was special to me, because years ago she was my aunt's flute teacher as well, and then later mine. It makes that time special. I was also in the Shand Honors Flute Trio (woo-hoo!) and the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra over the past couple of years. We have had so much fun together and I have made several good friends! We even got to perform under the conducting of Maestro Enrique Diemecke, the conductor of the REAL Flint Symphony Orchestra. That was an incredible experience. I know that the performance left ME breathless. It was fantastic. I think the FIM offers a lot of great stuff through the FSPA. 
Here's a link to the website: http://www.thefim.org/
Just in case you want it.

I performed a senior recital last May which was a great deal of fun and somewhat terrifying at the same time. I'm so glad I did it, though, it was a very good experience and I would definitely do it again! I will try to get a way for you to watch that on here somehow, but for now know I'm still working on that.

And now to the present day. As of now, I am taking a break from lessons for the summer (this does not mean a break from practicing, people!) before heading to Oakland University in the fall to study Flute Performance! I'm sure there will be more news on this department (ha, ha, department, get it?) of my life to follow. You'll know. 
Flutes: So that I don't confuse you: 
Regular old flute--in C--this is what I usually play, what I own

The piccolo--also in C, but an octave higher and and octave harder to tune
These lovely instruments are various types of flutes--piccolo, alto flute, bass flute...you name it. The bigger they get, the lower the sound. And no, I don't own the low ones, but I wish I did!
 And THESE lovelies are examples of what every flutist wishes they could play. The SUBCONTRABASS FLUTE!



I think this one's the winner, don't you? 
Anyhow, I play the flute. All that said, I can assure you that I probably will not be owning a subcontrabass flute anytime in the next fifty years. Unless I suddenly become a millionaire. Which probably won't happen.

So you can probably tell that I love music, and yes, it's true I grew up in a musical family. My dad plays piano and guitar and pretty much a bit of everything (plus he has a master's degree in music composition) so I've been exposed to pretty much all kinds of music. He writes things for us and it's so much fun to play them all together! My mother plays clarinet and my older brother guitar (and some piano, and he SAYS he can play the saxophone but he can't). My middle brother plays percussion (he's up to doing that crazy four-mallet stuff) and my middle sister the oboe. The younger two haven't decided yet. But we'll see.  We'll see.  


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