Flute Studio of Emma Pease-Byron

"Flute music is love music from the heart. It must not stop, lest the pulsing of the heart be broken." ~ Judith Redman Robbins

Flutastic Monthly – October 2014

In September we hit the ground running! Students have been well prepared for lessons and are doing a great job balancing homework, practicing, marching band and a myriad of other activities gracefully. I can tell already this is going to be a very good year, and a busy one too.

Scale Challenge

As of today, October 1st, there are 3 weeks left in the Scale Challenge and I am just blown away at how well the students are doing.

This particularly studio event serves two functions: first, it serves the purpose of all technique and scale exercises, these scales help the students develop the finger skills necessary to master the flute. Having the Scale Challenge at the beginning of the year focuses student’s  attention back to their technical development and makes up any ground lost over the relaxed summer months. This is important for all, but especially important for high school students to do now. This month and next they will be auditioning for concert bands in their high school music programs and Honor Band auditions will follow closely in early December. Secondly, I use the Scale Challenge as a diagnostic tool to assess how well a student is practicing. If a student is playing their scales daily and reviewing challenging keys when needed then during the Scale Challenge they rapidly pass of scales. This is true today for almost all of my students because after only 2 weeks most have a handful of scales left to pass off. However, if students struggle to pass off scales and repeatedly make mistakes in the same keys week after week I know, and parents do too, that the scale practice either isn’t happening or isn’t being done well. During these Scale Challenge weeks we can change scale practice habits and, because of the reward and seeing the Scale Challenge chart hung up in the studio, students are motivated to make the extra effort.

Scale ChallengeJunior Festival

In addition to our scale review, students are working on repertoire pieces for Junior Festival on Saturday, November 15, 8-9:45am, at Music and Arts, 6072 S. Durango, Las Vegas, NV 89113. Junior Festival is hosted by the Las Vegas Music Teacher’s Association and is a National Federation of Music Clubs event. Students earn up to 5 points per each year per entry and earn a Gold Cup trophy at 15 points. Students perform 2 pieces, a required memorized pieces from the Federation book and a choice piece which may be read.

Rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Saturday,  November 8th in my home from 11-12:30. It will be a performance practice for the students. We will play for each other, talk about performance etiquette and eat lunch.

This year Alyssa Corso will be eligible for her first, and the studio’s first, Gold Cup!

State Conference Performance

We have been invited to play at the Opening Concert for the Nevada State Music Teachers Conference on November 21 at the University Methodist Church on Maryland Parkway. In addition to many local and state teachers, Mr. Gary Ingle, president of the Music Teachers National Association, will be in attendance. We will be collaborating with 5-8 local flute and harp studios in a 20 minute selection of pieces for this performance.

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to represent our city and look forward to sharing this opportunity with all my students. Permission slips need to be handed in to me by Tuesday, October 7th.

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Flutastic Monthly – May 2014

Student Achievements

Students participate in so many events through the school year and work so hard to do well in every one of them. I don’t do a good enough job of singing their praises. I am proud of each and everyone of them!

The lists that follow are just a snap shot of their accomplishments over the last 9 months.

 Las Vegas Academy

Last Fall Alyssa Corso was accepted as a freshman and last month Dana Sullivan was accepted for next year.

 Junior Festival 2013

Alyssa Corso – Excellent Rating

Eryn Best – Excellent Rating

MacKenzie Puckett – Superior Rating

Megan Gleason – Superior Rating

Dana and Megan Duet—Superior with Honors!

Las Vegas Youth Orchestra

Last Fall Megan Gleason and Dana Sullivan were both accepted to the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras as 8th graders, They are currently working on their audition materials for next year. Auditions are open to all CCSD students and take place next month on the 17th.

 Solo and Ensemble

All students who were eligible participated in the CCSD Solo and Ensemble Competitions and almost all were awarded Superior (I) ratings. Three high school students, Eryn Best, Kevin Lozada and MacKenzie Puckett were recommended for regionals and both Eryn and MacKenzie competed.


Theory Exam: Dana Sullivan 92%, Umi Caldwell 93%, MacKenzie Puckett 94% and Emma Knightly 98%

 Cultivating the Practice Habit

I love change! I especially love the change from the school year to the summer and back. I’d like to use this summer to have everyone work on cultivating “the practice habit.”

Over the next few months let’s work to practice better and more regularly – daily! If we take this stretch of time that is free from marching band rehearsals, homework, sports and clubs and strengthen our practice habit, it will be easier to be consistent when our schedules are full.

If you don’t already have a daily practice habit you may want to start with a short increment, try 15 minutes a day, every day. It’s easier to form a habit when you start small and focus on celebrating consistency. The amount of time can be increased incrementally, add 15 minutes a week for example, until your ideal amount of time has been reached.

Protect your practice time by doing it at the same time each day. You may even consider practicing first thing in morning, even if that means getting up early.

Keep track of the days you practice on a calendar, put a sticker on every day you practice and soon you’ll have an impressive streak going. On days you don’t really feel like practicing, you might be motivated by your desire to keep your streak going.

The best part of habits is that they happen automatically. The best part of practicing consistently is the progress you make and the skills you develop. The biggest reward will be returning to school in better shape than you left.

 Practice Challenge 2014

According to conventional wisdom it takes 21 days to form a habit. While this is true for easy single step tasks (like making your bed first thing in the morning) more complicated tasks take more time. However, a 21 day streak is a great first goal.

This summer, starting June 1st and ending August 31st, we’ll participate in a practice challenge consisting of 3 levels: 21 days, 42 days and 92 days. To achieve each level, your days must be counted consecutively and you must play at least 15 minutes each day.

Each level will have different level prizes. We’ll use individual and studio wide charts to keep track and we’ll also keep track of total practice days for each student and the whole studio.

I am also going to participate. See if you can beat me!

Summer Events


  • Friday, May 9, 8pm, Henderson Pavilion – Henderson Symphony Orchestra: Brahms Requiem. Emma to play second part.
  • Friday, May 23, 2-5pm, Mallie’s Studio – Piano rehearsal for Spring Recital. Mallie studio: 431 Ackerman Lane, NV 89014. Schedule your rehearsal 20 or 30 minute rehearsal with Emma.
  • Saturday, May 31, 1pm, Family Music Center on Green Valley – Spring Recital. Please bring your family and friends!


  • Sunday, June 1 – Practice Challenge Begins
  • Monday, June 9 – Summer Lesson Schedule Begins
  • Sunday, June 14h, 2pm, CSN Cheyenne, Recital Hall – LVFC Student Recital. Open performance to all members under 18. Visit www.lasvegasfluteclub.com for more information.
  • Sunday June 29 and Monday June 30 – Mater-class and Recital by Paul Fried. Master-class has not yet filled, please contact Emma or the LVFC if you are interested in participating. Visit www.lasvegasfluteclub.com for more information.


  • July 20 – July 25, Alexander Dawson School – Desert Suzuki Institute. This year Emma will take the book 4 Teacher Training course and Helen will take her first Pre-Twinkle Camp! Visit www.desertsuzukiinstitute.com for more information.

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