The No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming a Professional Flutist helps flute students close the gap between theory and practice. Filled with practical, easy-to-understand advice on practicing efficiently and effectively, setting goals, audition preparation, and managing time and stress, this booklet will become your go-to reference. Also included is a guide for school music teachers whose primary instrument is not flute.
No-Nonsense Staff Development
Staff Development for Music Educators
Energize your flute teaching with my staff development workshops! Topics include principles of sound production on the flute, proper hand position, tone, embouchre, and more. Techniques that are easy to understand and easy to implement, taught No-Nonsense Style! Click here to learn more.
"Christine Davis’ session, “Flute Technique and Instruction”, is a comprehensive guide to the nuances of playing flute geared toward band directors. The session focused on common issues of flute players at all levels while providing easily attainable remedies. Ms. Davis delivered her session in a way that band directors of all backgrounds could take her information, apply it immediately to their teaching situation and see instant results. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Ms. Davis." Carrie Poissant 5th and 6th grade band teacher Heim Middle School
"I had the good fortune to participate in a professional development session featuring Christine Davis. She is a world class performer AND a world class teacher! The clinic was brilliant, inspirational, and full of new ideas--even for those of us who have been teaching for many years. If I were looking for a clinician for flute and woodwinds in general, Christine would be at the top of my list!" Dr. Stephen Shewan Director of Bands Williamsville East High School
"Christine Davis is a wonderful flutist and well versed educator. I took part in her flute workshop at the Williamsville Central schools staff day and she was tremendously helpful in giving great pedagogy and technique tips that were easily applicable and effective! She is very kind and patient and has an endless knowledge of the flute and what steps are needed to improve greatly! I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in the flute to call Christine!" Tom Marinaro Country Parkway Elementary and Maple East Elementary Schools
Mozart’s Concerto in G Major, K. 313 Accompaniment arranged for a single flute, to be played in duet with the solo $10 purchase lets you download a PDF and a recording of each movement. An innovative approach to polishing every flutist’s most popular audition piece, this duet provides an accessible and affordable way to practice Mozart’s Concerto with accompaniment! Either load onto a device and play the concerto along with a recording, or practice with your teacher or studio mates. Read more here.
Intended for current professional musicians, such as school music teachers, performers, doublers, and military musicians, who have need and/or desire to accomplish specific goals on the flute. Perhaps you are a band director who has not taught the flute in a while and you need some help brushing up your flute playing. Perhaps you are a flutist with an audition coming up; a doubler who has a big flute part coming up in a show; a military musician who wants some intensive work on concert band repertoire or in another aspect of ensemble playing. These seminars will be catered to your goals and your time frame with flexible scheduling.
Possible seminar concentrations include, but are not limited to:
a. Work on specific repertoire, such as solos, concertos, orchestral or concert band excerpts, or orchestral or concert band works.
b. Teaching flute to others, especially if your primary instrument is not the flute.
c. Learning the functions of first flute, second flute, and piccolo chairs in an ensemble, as well as the nuances in playing required for each.
d. How to organize and prioritize your practice time for maximum effectiveness. This can also branch into time management in a broader sense as well.
e. The handling of interpersonal relationships in a musical setting; how to give and receive criticism.
f. Intensive work on one or more aspects of flute technique or tone production.