Katie Velasquez and the Virtual Flute Music Festival

Katie Velasquez is another flutist with Texas connections! Originally from Austin, Katie is now the principal flutist of the Missouri Symphony, and the Artistic Director of the Virtual Flute Music Festival! Katie has a very impressive background in orchestra performance and has killed it in many national competitions. Perhaps one of her most impressive feats …

How does one build a private studio?

Special thanks to Keith Alcius (tuba) for submitting this question for the Q&A episode. I told you we’d do full episodes for the big ones!  I’m going to tell you a bit about how I got started with private teaching in Houston, how it’s going at this point 1 year into the pandemic, and some …

Nicole Riccardo on how to market yourself online

I am so stoked today to bring you this conversation with the queen of social media marketing for musicians—Nicole Riccardo. Nicole learned industry secrets around utilizing social media for marketing during her 9-5 job. These skills eventually allowed her to quit her job and start working for herself. Nicole now runs her own online media …

Rebroadcast: Episode 10 Pivoting Online

Welcome to our first-ever rebroadcast episode!  This week we are re-airing episode 10: Pivoting online and virtual networking for musicians. I wanted to bring this episode back as a refresher course to prep you for an upcoming episode with Nicole Riccardo, social media marketing QUEEN. Also flutist, also based in Texas. That conversation is going …

It’s Tax Time

It’s tax season…  Not my personal fave because it means my CPA fiancee is working non-stop. But this does put me in a unique position to offer some insights I’ve gleaned about my taxes since hanging out with an accountant!  This episode is basically taxes 101 for self-employed musicians. I hope the info in this …

Q&A/AMA

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for this week’s show! This show format is a unique Q&A/”Ask me anything” that will now be reserved exclusively for Patreon supporters in the future. If you enjoy this show format, be sure to check out The Unclassical Musician on Patreon! In show order: “Would you care to …

Budgeting for Beginners

In this episode, Tori shares some backstory about her relationship with money at the end of her time as a student and just getting started as a flute lesson teacher in Texas. Listen for some tips to help you change your relationship with money, ditch the starving artist mindset, and get out of debt!  In …

Jess Voigt Page: music business and career success coach

Originally from Australia, Jess Voigt Page is an Austin, TX-based classical saxophonist, teacher, performer, and coach. She is on faculty at Baylor University and is president-elect of NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance). Jess’ “three-ish-minute thursday” Youtube videos cover a variety of bite-sized topics pertinent to creating your own music career. Stay tuned all the way …

Make money NOW

SPOILER ALERT! This episode uses the word a**. Also, this is NOT a step-by-step guide on how to get rich quick! This week we are talking about some mental blocks that might be holding you back from making more money as a musician during a pandemic.  Things to listen for: Journaling– yay or nay? Discontent– …