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Pedagogy Committee

The NFA Pedagogy Committee was formed to assist teachers of the flute at all levels in their quest for pedagogical excellence. To that end, the Pedagogy Committee has sponsored the publication of scholarly documents, including The Flutist's Guide: A Pedagogy Anthology, Vol. 1, 1998 and Vol. 2, 2012, as well as a series of graded repertoire and studies guides (published 2001, 2005, and 2009). The committee also strives to present a variety of informative and inspirational sessions at the annual convention. In recent years, the committee has instituted a Teachers’ Breakfast and High School Masterclass; both have become flagship pedagogical sessions held each year.

Excerpts from Pedagogy Anthologies available free for members
As an exclusive benefit for NFA members, we offer monthly excerpted articles from The Flutist’s Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology, Volume 1 (1998) and Volume 2 (2012).  These influential texts contain a wealth of articles about pedagogy, tone, technique, performance, technology, performance health, and musical style. Every month, we will feature one of more than 60 articles—each authored by a respected flutist. The Flutist’s Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology, Volumes 1 and 2 are available for sale in the NFA store.

You must be a current member to download the following files.

  • An Approach to “Just” Intonation by Employment of Difference Tones by Albert Tipton (Volume 1) (Volume 1)
  • Phrasing by John Wion (Volume 1)
  • Keeping Your Temper: A Flutist’s Guide to Intonation by Fenwick Smith (Volume 1)
  • How Do YOU Finger B-flat? by Carol Kniebusch Noe (Volume 1)
  • Finding Balance: Position, Posture, and Presentation by Angelita S. Floyd (Volume 1)
  • The Alto Flute in G and the Bass Flute in C: The Flutist’s Approach to Playing These Instruments by Sarah Baird Fouse (Volume 1)
  • Thirty Creative Seconds: Opening the Improvisational Door by Robert Dick (Volume 1)
  • The Creation of Cosmic Sound by Toshio Takahashi (Volume 1)
  • Performance Jitters by Mark Thomas (Volume 1)
  • The Alexander Technique and Flute Playing by Alexander Murray (Volume 1)
  • Baroque Performance Practices for the Modern Flutist by Anita Miller Rieder (Volume 1)
  • Becoming a Team Player by Jeanne Baxtresser (Volume 1)
  • Breathing: The Central Issue of Flute Playing by Ransom Wilson (Volume 1)
  • Your Throat, Sinus and Mouth Resonances: Friends or Foes? by Roger Mather (Volume 1)
  • Contrary Finger Motion and the Three Little Devils of Flute Playing by Michel Debost (Volume 1)
  • Too Much Tongue in Tonguing by Donald Peck (Volume 1)
  • The Rise of the Masterclass by Trevor Wye (Volume 1)
  • A Guide to Trill Choices in the Mozart G Major Concerto by Walfrid Kujala (Volume 1)
  • The Flute in Jazz: An Historical Overview by Jim Walker (Volume 1)
  • Positive Preparation for Practice by Katherine Borst Jones and Christopher Weait (Volume 1)
  • How to Practice by Jeffrey Khaner (Volume 1)

Committee members:

  • Chair: Holly O. Clemans, B.Mus., M.Mus; Canton, Michigan 
  • Ronda Benson Ford, BME, M.Mus, DMA; Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Kathy Blocki, B.Mus, M.Mus; Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca Dunnell, BFA, M.Mus, DMA; Maryville, Missouri  
  • Cassandra Eisenreich
  • Timothy Hagen
  • Deborah S. Johnson, B.Mus, MAT; Hastings, Nebraska
  • Rebecca Meador, B.Mus, BSEd, M.Mus, DMA, Topeka, Kansas 
  • Emily Nagelbach, ARCT, B.Mus, M.Mus, Victoria, BC, Canada