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Feb. 18, 2014
By Samantha Cole, media relations assistant
(Updated Feb. 25, 2014)
Dr. Rebecca Dunnell, associate professor of music at Northwest Missouri State University, presented a clinic at the annual Mid-Atlantic Flute Festival Saturday, Feb. 22, in Reston, Va., titled “Etudes that Engage!”
Audrey Kubayko, a junior instrumental music education major from Kansas City, joined Dunnell and believes the experience will enhance her teaching abilities. Kubayko received undergraduate research funding to participate in the festival.
“I am definitely gaining much more of an understanding of the etudes as well as different teaching strategies I can use to teach etudes in the future,” Kubayko said. “This preparation also strengthens my ensemble playing. It is flattering to be asked to accompany Dr. Dunnell on this trip, and I hope to attend other presentations to gain more experience and new knowledge.”
Dunnell’s clinic highlighted her “Etudes That Engage!” arrangements, original preludes, and a collection of practice tips she has created throughout the years. The focus of the clinic was to introduce the idea that by communicating through shared music-making, a student experiences the musicality of the etude and then approaches the work of mastering the original solo etude with a full-conceptualized goal.
Dunnell’s arrangements were inspired by her experiences as a student of legendary French flutist Marcel Moyse – work she continues to this day with Northwest students.
“I look forward to sharing these materials with other flute teachers and their students to demonstrate that this part of flute pedagogy can indeed be a musical experience,” Dunnell said.
Kubayko accompanied Dunnell and presented the experience of learning the etude repertoire. Dunnell selected Kubayko because of her familiarity with the arrangements and involvement in the department.
“We have great flute students at Northwest, and Audrey was the natural choice for this trimester,” Dunnell said. “She is very disciplined and manages to achieve academically while being active in a number of organizations on campus. She is a wonderful player, sits principal chair in our Wind Symphony and Orchestra, and performs with the Northwest Flute Quartet and the Northwest Flute Choir.”
The festival, sponsored by the Flute Society of Washington, D.C., is one of the biggest regional flute events on the east coast and included an exhibit hall, competitions, lectures, workshops and various performances.
Throughout her career Dunnell has performed and presented at many conventions, including most recently at the 38th Annual Florida Flute Convention.
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