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Beginning Flute Syndrome: The Cause and the Cure

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  • Contrary to popular belief, good flute tone is possible from the very beginning! This interactive, hands-on session will address the reasons behind poor tone in beginners (or flutists of any level who struggle with producing a clear tone). Practical tips as well as a systematic and progressive sequence of instruction will be presented that will help band directors and beginning flute teachers increase their percentage of success.
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  • Rebecca Hovan teaches at Indiana University South Bend and Goshen College. She is a member of the National Flute Association (NFA) and served as Chair of the Pedagogy Committee for five years. She participated in the preparation of several of the Committee's publications including Selected Flute Repertoire and Studies: A Graded Guide. Hovan is also co-author of the Blocki Flute Method Book II (with accompanying Teacher’s Manual) and Supplementary Duets for Blocki Flute Method Book II. She holds an M.M. from the University of North Texas where she was a Teaching Fellow in Flute. She was a winner of the NFA's Masterclass Competition and remains active as a performer/presenter in Northern Indiana and at NFA conventions and other flute events. Recent activities include recording her first CD, A Silver Christmas.