Everyone has been requested to provide their lesson slot choices (by Monday 7th Sept at 5 pm). Please check your email for details! thank you!
Please mark your calendars: All flute students are invited to kick off the school year with an afternoon tea. We usually meet at Murchies, but this year we will be meeting online and imagining we are at Murchies (we are all creative people, right?!). Every flutist is requested to make their favourite tea (and/or scones!) and then drop in to meet their fellow students, ask questions and just get acquainted (or reacquainted). Link will be provided (by the school office via email) closer to the date.
Looking forward to seeing everyone then!
Time/Date 330-415 (Pacific standard time) on Friday 11 September
A message from UVic’s Vice President Academic and Provost (from 1 September 2020)
“In consultation with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and following the advice and guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, the University of Victoria will continue to offer predominantly online instruction for the spring term (January-April 2021). Although we don’t yet know exactly how the spring term will look, we believed it was important to make this decision now so that our students, faculty and staff can better prepare for their entire academic year.
The health and safety of our university community remains our top priority. This decision helps to ensure that our students—no matter their location or health concerns—have options to stay on track with their academic programming and graduate on time. Faculty and instructors can teach safely, and those who need to access campus for their research, creative activities, teaching or learning can better physically distance.
We will continue to look for ways to safely open up the campus more throughout the fall term and into the spring term, following the latest recommendations from public health officials and our own safe operations plans. This includes potentially offering more face-to-face courses and activities in the spring. Already we are offering about 10 per cent of undergraduate and 40 per cent of graduate courses face to face and preparing to welcome more than 3,500 students to campus in the fall. We aim to update the academic timetable to clarify whether a spring term course is “online” or “face to face” by the end of September. As is currently the case for fall courses, any face-to-face courses offered in the spring term will also be ready to pivot to fully online delivery if necessary.
Regardless of whether our courses are online or face to face, we remain committed to offering high quality academic programming to all of our students—locally and around the world—and we will continue to invest in resources to support students, faculty and instructors.
Valerie S. Kuehne
Vice-President Academic and Provost
University of Victoria”
UVic Flute Studio Schedule 2020 Fall term
All Masterclasses held synchronously via zoom (link to be
provided by email)
Please note: Office hour 230-320 on Weds (via same masterclass link provided by email)
All dates/time below Wednesdays 130-220 (pacific time)
unless otherwise specified
9 September Welcome back! Agenda items: 1. 2020-21 syllabus 2. Masterclass guest visits 3. Bach aria collaborative recording project (first term) 4. solo recording project and CV assignment (second term)
11 September Friday 3:30-415 Online tea party (while imagining Murchies)
16 September Guest Gloria Huh: State of Mexico orchestra flutist and Reverie Flutes Artist
23 September Topic: “Creative inspiration”
30 September Guest: Soile Stratkauskas, baroque
flutist and founder of Victoria Early Music
1 October First reading summary deadline (details in
2 October Friday 12:30-1:15 Live recital opportunity. Concert held in PTY. Performers may include NM, AK, JS, AQ, CG, KX. Details to follow; required live-streaming online attendance.
7 October Topic: “Healthy Practice”
14 October Topic: “Building Technique” Please note there
will be a technical exam during lessons in week of 8-12 February 2021.
21 October Guest: David Cramer, former Associate
principal Philadelphia Orchestra
28 October Topic: “Tonal colour” Recordings will be provided
in advance for listening, and in class discussion.
4 November Guest: Regina Helcher Yost, Second Flute Charleston
Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo Colorado Music Festival,
Adjunct Professor of Flute Charleston Southern University and core flutist for
Chamber Music Charleston
11 November Reading break
16 November (Monday) Bach Aria recordings are due (details
to follow, in separate document).
18 November Guest: Lorna McGhee, principal flutist
25 November Topic: Developing a CV (or resume?) part 1
Tuesday 1 December Second reading summary deadline (details
2 December last masterclass first term. Social tea online J
Reminders/heads-up re second term (details will be provided by January in separate document):
6 January first masterclass second term. Topic today: CV and/or resume, part 2
13 January MC Guest: Lois Bliss Herbine, Philadelphia based piccolo soloist and Powell artist. Keep up your piccolo practice over the winter break!
20 January CV/resumes due today
31 January (Sunday) Third reading summary deadline (details in syllabus)
8 -12 February: Annual technical exam during private lessons; details to follow
15-19 February 2021 Reading break2
1 March (Monday) Fourth reading summary deadline (details in syllabus)
3 March solo recording due
31 March social tea
2020-21 UVIC FLUTE SYLLABUS
Instructor: Dr. Suzanne
Welcome to the UVic Flute Studio! I am looking forward to working with each one of you. I will be your flute instructor and mentor during your time here at UVic.
This coming year will be challenging. However, we also have unique opportunities to benefit from far greater numbers of superb online guest teachers and speakers. I am personally very excited about this aspect! Together we will work towards ensuring the most musically rewarding and productive year possible.
For the foreseeable future, all flute lessons will be offered online (via a zoom link, which will be provided to you by email). You will be given a weekly assigned time for your lesson just as in previous years. You will also be provided, in a separate document, the overall masterclass schedule.
If you require flute-related assistance/advice outside of your lesson time or the masterclass, please “drop-in” during my online office hour 230-330 Weds, immediately following MC (you will be provided one link for both the masterclass session and my weekly office hour on Zoom). If 2:30-3:20 Wed is not possible for you, please request (via email) an appointment.
If you require course or degree advising, please make an appointment with Ms. Sarah Riecken who oversees undergraduate advising for the music dept. Thank you.
Process Normally all students sign up for an ensemble placement audition, which takes place during the first week of classes. This year students will be submitting a recorded audition by 31 August. The required excerpts and instructions are posted on the UVic flute blog: https://finearts.uvic.ca/music/flute/
Please stay tuned to your UVic email address as you will receive important updates and details from the music school prior to Sept.
Potential private lesson slots will be offered via email. Please choose a time that suits you best. I will strive to keep my teaching schedule the same in second term; if you require a new lesson time for second term please let me know.
The schedule (using student initials) will be posted here (on the flute blog) by the second week of classes.
Please note the lesson schedule will
sometimes need to fluctuate for various reasons. Thank you, in advance, for
Lessons are 50 minutes in length. All students are expected to be punctual, ‘warmed up’ and fully prepared for each lesson, including having all necessary materials: all required music, pencil, combined metronome/tuner, and your lesson notebook. Please maintain a detailed physical notebook or online file (which you use only for your flute lessons) in which you record assignments, goals and observations. Organisation is a key ingredient in student success.
- Unexcused missed lessons will not be made up.
- If you know in advance you need to reschedule a lesson (for any reason) please arrange this directly with another willing student via email. After the change is confirmed with the other student, inform me by email email@example.com (while cc’ing the other student).
- If you have to miss a lesson because of illness, please email me, with as much advance notice as possible, at the above address. Generally, I require 24 hrs. advance notice in order to reschedule a lesson.
Master Class will typically meet Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:20. Masterclass is a very important time for the studio; all students are expected to attend all masterclasses. On rare occasions we might have master class at other times, particularly to accommodate visiting guest artists or when we participate in a campus wide event, such as Ideafest. These dates are always set well in advance and are listed in the masterclass term schedule which you will receive by the first week of class each term. If you cannot attend one of the irregularly scheduled guest MC’s, please simply inform me in advance.
Master classes are
essential to your development as a flutist: participation, attitude,
attentiveness and preparedness will be the determining factors in the
assessment of your participation in master class. Specific repertoire and
themes change every term; specifics will be detailed in the aforementioned
At the end of the school year, there will be a juried performance of 15 minutes duration for all performance stream students and 10 minutes for all other streams. There may be sight reading as part of the jury for performance majors.
A jury exam performance missed for
any reason (other than a genuinely serious and unavoidable true emergency)
cannot be rescheduled.
lesson mark will be determined as follows:
One third of mark:
- Weekly private lesson (including assigned
- Weekly master class
This part of your
mark assesses your degree of weekly preparedness, as well as your attitude,
attendance and punctuality (for performance majors this includes IPS attendance
One third of mark:
- Quality of your performances (Friday noon hours, annual Studio
recital or recorded performances, and for performance majors, your IPS
- A technical exam (administered early February, exact date TBD).
All students will be assessed in a technical exam. Fluency, accuracy, tonal
homogeneity and speed will be assessed and given a mark (A, B, etc). Details
regarding content and expectations will be provided in a separate document
prior to October 2020.
One third of mark: Jury or graduating recital
Please note: in
every category listed above, a student’s attitude towards learning, consistency
of effort, (weekly preparation), openness to trying new approaches/concepts,
and evidence of improvement, attentiveness and conscientious effort are
extremely important factors in your overall success.
majors: IPS is a requirement for all Performance Majors. IPS assessment is
based on attendance and participation in the seminar as indicated by IPS
attendance sheets and performance notes completed by IPS faculty.
Readings and summaries Four short written reflections (between 250 and 350 words) on required readings will be required as part of this course.
You may complete your assigned readings/summaries in any order that works best for you, however the first is due by 1 October; the second by 1 December, the third by 31 January and the last by 1 March. Please mark your calendar!
This pragmatic assignment is intended
to heighten your awareness of the context of performing and to expand your
thinking about performance issues. I would like each student to apply these
texts to their own playing. To that end, please focus in your
summaries on three specific examples of how you have applied information,
sourced directly from the text, to your own practice.
Important: Please submit your summary in an email with “Student Name: 2020-21 Reading Summary #X” in subject line. Please note: late assignments will not be accepted, though you may submit early.
Readings for 2020-21
I encourage you to purchase these items for your own library. If you have already read one of the suggested readings for your year, simply choose another title from this list that especially interests you.
For first year students:
- The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Playing (Less) Hurt by Janet Horvath
- Body Mapping for Flutists by Lea Parsons
For second year students:
- The Creativity Habit by Twyla Tharp
- The Proper Flutist by Trevor Wye or Music and the Flute by
- Casals and the Art of Interpretation by David Blum
- Mastering Creative Anxiety by Eric Maisel OR Art and Fear by David Bayles and
For third year students:
- Kincaidiana by John Krell
- The Notation is Not the Music by Barthold Kuijken
- Making your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving your Artistic
Goals by Eric Maisel
- The Early Flute by Rachel Brown
For fourth year students:
- Body Mapping for flutists by Lea Parsons; or Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Arrau on Music Performance by Joseph Horowitz
- The Proper Flutist by Trevor Wye or Flute by James
- On the Art of Playing the Flute by Quantz
For all graduate students Please consult with me (at the beginning of the academic year) in choosing four selections from the above list.
I suggest daily practice be
proportioned as follows:
Attending concerts, performing, listening to recordings, reading relevant texts and physical exercise/stretching (yoga is excellent, as is swimming!) are all important activities. These should constitute a regular part of your ‘out of the practice room’ practice.
In addition, all flute students are
expected to attend (online) their professor’s and fellow flutist’s solo
I will be making individually
tailored recommendations for all students. Students will be expected to
purchase music as determined by the instructor. Every undergraduate will
prepare a weekly etude, in addition to tonal study, technical work and
repertoire. Graduate students will generally be expected to complete a greater
volume of more advanced repertoire more quickly.
We will strive to cover all genres
(early music, classical, Romantic/French salon, twentieth-century and avant-garde
contemporary music) and address any perceived repertoire ‘gaps’.
Piccolo, Alto and Bass study are all encouraged. However, in light of COVID and the priority to keep everyone safe, school instruments will generally not be available for borrowing during the first term of this coming school year, unless they are not owned by the player and are requested by University ensemble directors. Please contact me directly if this is the case.
I will keep everyone informed of any COVID related changes in my teaching approach for second term. My teaching approach (online delivery) will remain unchanged until you are informed otherwise. Please note the following important information regarding online conduct for all students:
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting critical academic discourse while providing a respectful and supportive learning environment. All members of the university community have the right to this experience and the responsibility to help create such an environment. The University will not tolerate racism, sexualized violence, or any form of discrimination, bullying or harassment.
Please be advised that, by logging into UVic’s learning systems and interacting with online resources, you are engaging in a university activity.
All interactions within this environment are subject to the university expectations and policies. Any concerns about student conduct may be reviewed and responded to in accordance with the appropriate university policy.
To report concerns about online student conduct: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I do not photocopy any music or lend any music (parts, scores or recordings) from my personal library to students. As with any academic course, all students are required to secure their own materials. If financially necessary, you may borrow materials from the MacPherson library. We have an outstanding and comprehensive existing collection! I can also request the library purchase new items if they do not happen to have an item we need. However, it is important to develop your own music library for your eventual professional artistic practice.
- Performances represent the work we do together in the studio, as well as your own individual practice. Therefore, when I feel a work is ready to be performed, I will suggest either a concert venue/opportunity or a recording project to be posted online. The format of our Fri student concerts is TBA at the time of writing this syllabus…please stay tuned….
- I approve concert requests after I have heard the material successfully and confidently presented in a polished manner, and as it is to be presented publicly (i.e., in its entirety). This year we will necessarily be mostly focussing on unaccompanied solo repertoire. Performance permission slips will not be signed in anticipation of a student’s later work. Please plan ahead.
- Please consult with me before scheduling degree-required solo recitals. Please note that according to current wind section requirements, all graduating recitals need to be presented before 7 March.
Finally, if we manage
to have face to face classes later in the academic year, please note the
following additional point:
I have significant sensitivities to artificial scents. Please avoid any scented products (perfume, hairspray, strongly scented shampoo or soap) for in-person lessons. Please note: most professional orchestras and other ensembles have a “no scent” policy. It is therefore wise to adopt a no-scent approach in your classes and student ensembles.
I am looking forward to a very productive and enjoyable ‘musical journey’ with all of you! Please join me in extending a warm welcome to our many new students!
Supportive information and links
Regarding undergraduate marking at UVic:
Regarding graduate marking at UVIc: https://www.uvic.ca/calendar/future/grad/index.php#/policy/B13jeiMdE?bc=true&bcCurrent=07%20-%20Grading&bcGroup=Faculty%20Academic%20Regulations&bcItemType=policies
For UVic academic calendar:
For UVic’s undergraduate
For UVic’s graduate student academic
on academic supports available to all Uvic
Please see below link for
important Wellness and Safety information:
Counselling Services – Counselling Services can
help you make the most of your university experience. They
offer free (!), professional, confidential, inclusive
support to currently registered UVic students.
Health Services – University Health
Services (UHS) provides a full-service primary health clinic for students, and
coordinates healthy student and campus initiatives.
Centre for Accessible Learning – The CAL staff are
available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and
arrange appropriate learning accommodations. Please refer to below link for
https://www.uvic.ca/services/cal/. The sooner you let them know your needs, the quicker they can assist you in achieving your learning goals in this course.
Elders’ Voices – The Office of Indigenous
Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) has the privilege of assembling a
group of Elders from local communities to guide students, staff, faculty and
administration in Indigenous ways of knowing and being. https://www.uvic.ca/services/indigenous/students/programming/elders/index.php