Episode 33

Flute 360 | Episode 33: “An Interview with Nicole Chamberlain” (32:14)

In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Nicole Chamberlain who is a flutist and a composer who resides in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.). She received her Bachelor’s in Music Composition from the University of Georgia. To read Nicole’s full biography, please click here.

Episode 33 – Main Points:

  • 1:03 – Nicole’s Background
  • 1:48 – Nicole has written for larger ensembles, too!
  • 2:54 – Question: Why did you choose the flute?
  • 3:31 – “The clarinet was available to me at the time.” – Nicole
  • 6:10 – “I sing, and I use a keyboard for pitch references and harmonies.” – Nicole
  • 6:49 – Question: What inspired you to start composing?
  • 7:07 – “I thought movie composing was the way to go.” – Nicole
  • 9:17 – Composing for animation was an experience.
  • 9:49 – Question: What’s your compositional process like?
  • 10:29 – Nicole answers the question.
  • 11:27 – “I start improvising.” – Nicole
  • 12:00 – Commissioned works.
  • 13:10 – A piece for tuba and fixed media (electronics) by Nicole.
  • 14:04 – Seeing the process/piece unfold from start to finish is exhilarating.
  • 14:33 – “That is the payoff for me – hearing my piece played live.” – Nicole
  • 14:49 – A story about John Mackey.
  • 15:39 – Heidi’s composition friend.
  • 16:23 – Nicole playing with Dr. Mary Matthews.
  • 17:18 – Question: Do you have a composition that is your all-time favorite?
  • 17:32 – Nicole answers the question.
  • 17:45 – Three-Nine Line for flute and piano (flute sonata)
  • 18:31 – Orchestral work: Ogeechee by Nicole
  • 19:17 – Elizabeth Gilbert’s book: Big Magic
  • 20:03 – Question: For the budding new composer what advice would you give them?
  • 20:20 – “Write everyday even when it doesn’t sound good.” – Nicole
  • 21:14 – “Write for yourself.” – Nicole
  • 21:40 – Advice from Joan Tower.
  • 22:00 – “Organize your website via instrument.” – Nicole
  • 22:43 – “Wail!” for Flute and Trombone
  • 23:16 – “It’s hard to use your imagination if you use a MIDI file.” – Nicole
  • 23:40 – Heidi’s creative student.
  • 25:52 – “It’s a whole process and being patient with yourself.” – Nicole
  • 25:58 – “I have a hard time calling myself a composer, because it seems a bit too much.” – Nicole
  • 26:08 – Picks!

Picks:

Nicole

Heidi

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Episode 32

Flute 360 | Episode 32: “Journal Entry 7” (9:25)

In today’s episode, Heidi talks about using technology within your lessons to help your students improve musically. She lists a few websites and technological tools that you can incorporate in-and-out of your student’s lessons.

Finally, Heidi will be in the Chicago-land area the last week of February 2019 giving presentations and teaching! If you are interested in scheduling an event with me, please feel free to e-mail at heidikaybegay@gmail.com. Thanks!

Episode 32 – Main Points:

  • 0:53 – Incorporating technology into lessons!
  • 1:05 – Musictheory.net 
  • 1:55 – Quizzes online
  • 2:46 – Record lessons & send
  • 4:31 – Encourage students to record
  • 6:35 – Book recommendations

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Episode 31

Flute 360 | Episode 31: “Journal Entry 5” (13:31)

In today’s episode, Heidi shares that she is in the 2nd week of using Invisalign, and how it is affecting her flute playing. The challenges that come with playing with braces are many, but the opportunity to experience this challenge is great for many reasons. She goes into detail of the benefits she is seeing already just 2 weeks into this new orthodontic procedure.

Episode 31 – Main Points:

  • 0:48 – Invisalign!
  • 1:38 – New Challenges / New Seasons
  • 2:48 – Teeth and our anatomy
  • 4:23 – Advice for flutists who wear braces.
  • 5:34 – Book
  • 7:18 – Trip to Greece – Nike shoes: yay or nay?
  • 8:32 – Being vulnerable as a teacher.
  • 11:00 – Sarah McKoin: “Meet the student where they are!”
  • 12:20 – E-mail: heidikaybegay@gmail.com

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Episode 30

 

Flute 360 | Episode 30: “Journal Entry 5” (4:28)

In today’s episode, Heidi discusses the start of her music listening journal. She encourages young musicians to listen to compositions from start to finish. This way the listener follows the composer along their musical journey. For example, not only listening to all of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in its entirety, (Mvts. 1-4) but also listening to Beethoven’s 9 symphonies in order. This gives the listener a new perspective of Beethoven’s writing within this genre.

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Episode 29

 

Flute 360 | Episode 29: “Journal Entry 4” (19:52)

In today’s episode, Heidi discusses the underlining life lessons she is taking from her part-time job being a show note writer. The guests and panelists on these podcast shows are talking about coding, programming, and developing computer software and/or codes; however, there are core lessons to be learned and can easily be applied to music and music education. Check out today’s episode to hear more.

Episode 29 – Main Points:

  • 0:53 – The inspiration behind Series 5.
  • 2:30 – Programmers, developers, and such!
  • 2:56 – Guest: Tomas Eglinskas
  • 4:19 – Learn from unexpected places and people!
  • 6:08 – Lesson #1: Keep Learning & Growing
  • 8:33 – Lesson #2: Connect with People
  • 9:03 – Lesson #3: Contribute to Your Community
  • 9:45 – Lesson #4: Have An Open Heart About Criticism
  • 11:07 – Lesson #5: Make Connections from Different Fields
  • 14:00 – Summary

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Episode 28

Flute 360 | Episode 28: “Journal Entry 3” (7:18)

In today’s episode, Heidi discusses an important music lesson she learned from TTU, applied it to the student in need, and saw amazing results. Not only did Heidi hear and feel the changes, but, more importantly, the student noticed and it impacted her, too.

Episode 28 – Main Points:

  • 1:00 – Series 5 could have been called “Teaching Observations.”
  • 1:45 – Musical lesson learned at TTU.
  • 1:56 – Sarah McKoin: “Solve a technical issue with a musical solution.”
  • 4:47 – Student: “That felt different!”
  • 5:31 – Making a musical impact on your students!

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Episode 27

Flute 360 | Episode 27: “Journal Entry #2”

In today’s episode, Heidi discusses her teaching observations from this past week. Also, she talks about time management and gives helpful hints on how to manage your resources. Check out her “picks” at the end of the episode!

Episode 27 – Main Points:

0:50 – Teaching Observations

1:08 – Hissing like an angry snake!

1:33 – Energy behind the sound.

2:24 – Practice not using the flute.

2:52 – Honey!

3:25 – Time Management

4:11 – Prioritize

5:03 – Time and Energy are Resources

5:15 – What are your priorities?

5:51 – Saying “No” is O.K.

6:03 – Create a spreadsheet

6:12 – MacFreelance

6:27 – Finding time for enjoyment.

8:08 – What are your time management techniques?

8:21 – Picks! Robert Stallman’s Book!

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Episode 26

Flute 360 | Episode 26: “A Journal Entry”

Today, Heidi talks about various subjects in this “Journal Entry” episode. She discusses her thoughts on education, hobbies such as reading, writing show notes for her husband’s business, and how all of these things can be related to flute performance. It’s an episode where she get’s personal and “jots” down her ideas via this podcast episode. Enjoy!

Episode 26 – Main Points:

  • Introduction (0:43)
  • Unwinding (1:28)
  • Espresso (2:06)
  • Dear Journal (2:25)
  • Writing is one of my passions. (2:48)
  • Reading “Hans Brinker” (3:08)
  • Words are powerful! (4:12)
  • Current studio (5:00)
  • I am proud to be their teacher. (6:41)
  • Grateful for past teachers (6:53)
  • Small tribute to Dr. Lisa Garner Santa (8:20)
  • Time is precious (9:23)
  • Find ease and comfort in the present. (10:21)
  • Tarrant County College – Music Appreciation Course (10:56)
  • How can “X” help me help be a better teacher or performer? (12:19)
  • Writing show notes for husband’s business. (13:02)
  • Value in those part-time jobs. (14:07)
  • Practice anywhere / Mental practice (16:00)
  • Inspired by Sarah Drasner (17:26)
  • Reading to help with creativity! (19:49)
  • Conclusion (22:15)

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Episode 25

 

Flute 360 | Episode 25: “Newsletter Announcement!”

In today’s episode, Heidi announces that she will be featured in a 2t Flute Academy’s September’s Newsletter, which will be available through the company’s website and YouTube. World-renown composer and musician, Christopher Caliendo, operates the 2t Flute Academy. In this video newsletter, I offer five tips to the teacher, student, and administrator in the spirit of a new academic year having begun. Check out their website and YouTube for the upcoming video newsletter!

Episode 25 – Main Points:

  • Video Newsletter! (1:00)
  • 2t Flute Academy’s Mission (1:31)
  • Check-out the 2t Flute Academy’s Website (2:03)
  • 5 tips for the academic year! (2:24)
  • Series 5 launches next Saturday! (3:16)

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Episode 24

 

Flute 360 | Episode 24: “A Discussion with Dr. Patricia Surman”

In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Dr. Surman about the job application process. This interview is a continuation from Episode 23’s discussion with Patricia. Check-out this episode to hear topics concerning recordings, letters of recommendations, and much more!

 Episode 24 – Main Points:

  • Patricia Surman grew up in Southern California (1:33).
  • Be ready for anything! (3:08)
  • Further discussion on your flute recordings that you submit. (3:42)
  • Submit recordings that show your strengths. (4:33)
  • Numerous people write the job announcement. (8:34)
  • Job postings can change between the application deadlines to the interview date. (10:52)
  • Thoughts on rejection. (11:53)
  • What is a trumpeter listening for in the flutist’s performance? (14:21)
  • Who will be on the search committee? Let’s connect with those ears. (16:22)
  • Letters of Recommendation (18:35)
  • Send the job link. (25:12)
  • Send a thank you card. (29:00)
  • We are developing relationships with other people – we want to make the world better. (29:40)
  • There is a place for everyone within this music community. (30:42)

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