Musicians who podcast: Heidi Kay Begay of Flute360

This month, we are doing a 3-part series featuring musicians who podcast! First up is the host of the Flute 360 podcast– Heidi Kay Begay. Heidi started her podcast as part of her DMA project, and 3 years later it is going stronger than ever! Flute360 offers “a panoramic view of flute-related topics for the …

Rebroadcast of the original trailer

In preparation for our June series with musicians who podcast, I’m bringing back the original trailer for the show. Listening back to the trailer has been a helpful reminder to me about why I started this podcast, how much growth it has experienced in the last 8 months, and how much growth I’ve experienced through …

New World Flutist Leah Stevens on Mental Health

Last installment of mental health awareness month! I wanted to ask New World flutist Leah Stevens to come on the show during mental health month because I have admired how transparent she is about her mental health struggles online. In addition to performing with the New World Symphony, she has served as principal flute with …

Rusty Holmes on Mental Fitness for Musicians

Continuing with Mental Health Awareness Month on the podcast… This week we have Rusty Holmes– french horn player, teacher, and motivational speaker based in Austin, TX. In addition to being in the private teaching scene, Rusty plays in many orchestras in central Texas. During the pandemic, he developed his Musican’s System for Success mental fitness …

Amanda Deligiannis on musician trauma and self-care

Welcome back to mental health awareness month here on The Unclassical Musician! This one is a must-listen! This week, I sat down with my good friend and master of social work Amanda Deligiannis to talk about some mental health issues pertaining to musicians, and the music school experience.  Amanda started at DePaul as a music …

Coping with COVID

Thank you to everyone who took the time to check in on me while I was sick! Many people have been asking questions about my experience with covid, so I wanted to do an episode about it. We are kicking off Mental Month with a solo episode that goes into detail on the negative mental …

Katherine Emeneth on teaching privately

Better late than never!  I am so pleased to FINALLY bring you this conversation with flutist, educator, studio-building guru, and pedagogy nerd Katherine Emeneth. Based in Georgia, Katherine has taken her successful private flute studio and expanded her career into studio consulting, speaking on private studio development, and career coaching for recent music grads. She …

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 …