Musicianship Program Overview
The Flute Haven Musicianship Program provides Native American flute players with a comprehensive background in the elements needed to be a well-rounded musician and facilitator of music gatherings.
The program strikes a balance between several goals:
- Creating ambassadors for the Native American flute, including history, playing and teaching.
- Gaining the knowledge and experience to lead enriching flute circle, by providing a basis in humanistic approaches to teaching and leading music gatherings. Participants can use this in the context of flute gatherings as well as in the larger world of general music gatherings.
- Enhancing the breadth of musicality of the participants.
Certificate of Musicianship
Participants in the program work towards a Certificate of Musicianship by developing competancy in seven areas of musicianship:
- Facilitation of flute circles, community drumming, and music workshops in general.
- Performance in various contexts: concerts, devotional services, guided sessions such as meditation and yoga, and jam sessions.
- Craftsmanship, involving the construction and repair of flutes.
- Scholarship topics related to the Native American flute, including history, Ethnomusicology, and music transcriptions and arrangement.
- Recording, including recording session, live sound reinforcement, and field recording.
- Teaching, including private lessons and classroom presentations.
- Mentoring and coaching of less experienced facilitators and musicians.
The requirements for completion of the program involve a combination of participation at one or more Flute Haven events (in particular, the Leadership Program), self-organized activities such as concerts, readings and teaching, and a variety of activities such as studio recording and flute crafting (under the guidance of an experienced flute maker).
The Certificate of Musicianship acknowledges your competancy in the areas of musicianship that are most critical to well-rounded musicianship.
Specific Program Requirements
The requirements of the program can be completed in any order. You might already have satisfied some of the elements (for example, if you are a flute maker, or if you already lead a flute circle).
Here is a roster of the elements, in roughly the order that a typical participant completes them:
Flute Haven Leadership Program
Participation and completion of the Flute Haven Leadership Program. This includes the programs (formerly called the “Flute Haven Facilitator's Track”) dating back to Flute Haven 2009.
You need to perform in two public settings:
A concert, either a solo performance or with a small group of which you are a named performer. The concert must be for a paying audience, and be accompanied by a flier and appropriate promotion. Playing at the local New Age shop for the afternoon is not what we're thinking.
Perform at some other public setting: a meditation session, an elder facility, a school concert, or a devotional service such as a house of worship or a kirtan.
You must have your own CD, or a CD of which you are a major named artist. The CD may be replicated or duplicated (i.e. either by glass-master replication or CD-R duplication). The CD must be available for purchase, either in physical form or by digital download, at some on-line retail outlet.
CDs produced as part of the Recording Program qualify for this requirement.
Two 30-minute presentations at an event where at least one of the Flute Haven staff is present. The topics are:
- An academic topic in the fields of History of the Native American flute, Ethnomusicology, or Archaeology related to the Native American flute.
- A topic related to music theory, such as a topic involving the keys of or chord progressions relating to the Native American flute. This presentation would normally be conducted as a participatory workshop.
Give a total of three hours of lessons, including at least two one-hour lessons. These can be in-person individual one-on-one lessons, group lessons, or even lessons provided over the Internet.
Transcribe two songs into Nakai Tablature with finger diagrams, including:
- At least one song of your own from your CD recording project (see above), and
- A traditional song that you research.
Lead at least two activities at a drum workshop at Flute Haven or another workshop where you are observed by a Flute Haven staff member.
Craft at least one flute. If you do not yet have experience crafting flutes, this requirement can be satisfied by a one-day (or longer) program led by an established flute maker. These program are either done as private sessions or as part of a workshop or festival.
If you would like a referral to a maker who hosts private sessions that satisfy this requirement, please contact us.
Flute Cleaning and Binding
Demonstrate you can dissassemble, clean, and re-assemble a flute and that you can bind a flute, as is done to repair or prevent cracking. For instructions on binding a flute, see Binding a Flute to Repair or Prevent Cracking on Flutopedia.com.
Tracks from past participants: