Niall O'Riordan

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French Flute School

Posted on May 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I am really enjoying examining and studying the old French Flute method books 1800-1860. That is: Pre Altes, Taffanel Gaubert and Moyse. They are all so systematic; they cover everything in your training that eventually leads towards really good Fluteplaying. Altes, Taffanel Gaubert and Moyse extended this even further. I think the exam system we have now is a bit of a joke compared to the training that our ancestors had. There is too much focus on 'fun' ....isn’t music fun anyway especially with the right teacher? Why are we ignoring all this good teaching material written by GREAT fluteplayers? Instead we are dumbing down the whole thing. I find all the duets and lessons in these books really good fun! I find myself getting more and more against teaching through this graded system. I know students need to have a goal but I think we can find a better system of creating this. I believe in treating every student like a potential Virtuoso, regardless where they are in their learning. Imagine teaching a young Mozart with the system now.

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Reply Alan Cox
11:35 AM on May 29, 2012 
I can't agree more. Very well put. After graduating from Juilliard, studying there with Julius Baker, I went to study with Marcel Moyse. We worked on basic musicality & examining the great singers. We worked a great deal on his "Tone Development through Interpretation," which I consider to be the Bible for all musicians. I am now working on an extension of this book; same format with detailed text on how to benefit most from it. He told me that we should all gather our own favorite musical passages, not to rely on only his.
I am loving putting this together. It will probably be a couple of years until I'm done with this, & I intend to publish it. Viva Moyse!