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Flute Haven Non-Profit Native Flute School

Location: West Chester, PA
Leadership & Musicianship Program
Dates: Sunday ⇒ Friday, September 9—14, 2018

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 Staff and Flute Makers 7  

Flute Haven 2018 is a six-day program for Native American flute players and leaders of flute circles. Participants improve their flute technique, learn to jam with other instruments, and get a wide range of techniques for leading flute circles and other types of community music gatherings.

Why Come to Flute Haven?

► You are part of a small group — limited to 12 participants. We have found that this is an ideal size for developing skills and musical growth by all group participants.

Flute Haven 2016

► You learn from six dedicated staff members (plus our flutemaker-in-residence) — a very high staff-to-participant ratio.

Schedule for Flute Haven

► You experience a cohesive, all-inclusive program, carefully developed over the last 12 years by the same group of Flute Haven instructors and facilitators (see the Schedule). All the facilitators have extensive experience in music facilitation, and we make it our goal to provide the best program of Native American flute instruction.

Flute Haven 2016

► You are playing most of the time. Our motto is: “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture”. Rather than “head-space teaching”, we focus on learning by experiential playing.

► You have the opportunity for extensive, individual, one-on-one sessions with staff and instructors. There is no additional charge for these sessions. We find that this approach is far more effective than fixed blocks of “lesson time”.

Therapeutic Music

► If you are looking to explore therapeutic music, you can tap into our two music therapists on staff, and get hands-on experience in those settings.

Listen, Move, Play

► You experience a supportive environment that fosters musical growth without critical judgement. We promote a humanistic philosophy of music education, one that lets players with all levels of experience participate in group music-making. And we teach those techniques so that you can enhance and grow your flute circle.

Flute Haven 2016

► You have the unique opportunity to practice leading flute circles, with the support and guidance of experienced staff facilitators.

Flute Haven 2016

► Your week is spent in an ideal setting: a dedicated retreat center in the Pennsylvania Hills at a time of the year that promises great weather (see Temenos). Since the retreat center is completely dedicated to our group, we are free to make maximum use of the center's facilities.

Dining at Flute Haven

► We dine on high-quality, on-site meals catered by a local maker of specialty artisan food (see Dining). The on-site meals are combined with two evening meals at local restaurants and two meals at locations where we are performing.

Reference Flute

► You come away with a wealth of program materials, at no additional charge. These include two flutes and virtually all the digital content (videos, audio tracks, and printed material) used by Clint and Vera at flute workshops (see Take-Aways below).

Flute Haven 2016

► You learn to play your flute with other instruments — percussion, keyboard, strings — from instructors who specialize in those instruments.

► You can explore playing those other instruments, as well as using your voice. Vocalist Lynn Miller is available throughout the week for vocal coaching, at no additional fee.

Harmonic Instruments

► A wide range of easy-to-play instruments is available to you during the workshops to jam with and explore.

Jay at Chaplin's - Flute Haven 2017

► You have three opportunities to perform: a live Internet broadcast, a therapeutic music “Flutes-in-Service” performance, and a dinner theater with a beautiful stage setting.

Clint's performance rig

► You have the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of live sound and Internet broadcast.

In the Studio

► You can make use of our on-site recording capability to record virtually any audio material.

Leadership and Musicianship

Each participant at Flute Haven decides how much emphasis they want to place on developing Leadership skills and developing Musicianship skills. We offer two tracks during much of the program, and participants freely move back and forth between those dual sessions.

The Leadership track has dedicated sessions by full-time music facilitators on facilitation forms, ensemble structures, keyboard skills, rhythm skills, conducting, organizing performance events, and humanistic music education. These sessions help participants make their flute circles more fun and musical. After these sessions, participants get to lead actual flute circles each day of the program, with a staff member for support.

Two tracks in the schedule

The Musicianship track offers One-on-One sessions with staff members who provide custom coaching and instruction on any topic related to music in general and the Native American flute in particular.

To allow participants to experience the benefits of both the Leadership and Musicianship tracks, all Leadership skills sessions are offered two times … letting you take advantage of the 1-on-1 sessions without missing any Leadership skills sessions.

Take-Aways

These items are provided, free, as part of the Flute Haven program:

  • A 65 GB USB drive ($20 value) with Flute Digital Resources (priceless): an extensive set of videos, audio tracks, fonts, images, and documents in PDF format for your own use and to enhance your flute circle programs. These materials include virtually every digital item used in the 100+ flute workshops led by Clint and Vera over the last 15 years.
  • A mid-range A minor Reference Flute by Jon Norris ($75 value). We use these flutes in group sessions so that we all share the same pitch and fingering.
  • An end-blown A minor flute ($35 value). These allow everyone to experience the beauty and challenges of the early Native American flutes that date back to the Basketmaker Era.

These items are included in the program fee for Flute Haven.

Lynn and Eric

Flute Haven is for people of all levels of musical experience — including beginners and experienced players. The amount of time you have played Native flutes is not important — only your desire to explore and expand your musicality.

Video

Here's a video that gives a basic idea of a facilitation form (traveling duets) we use at Flute Haven, and also a song form (solo over drone) that is useful in many situations.

This video was filmed at Flute Haven 2016 as a topic for our series of FluteCast videos:

 

On-Site Recordings

We have provided on-site recording capabilities at many of our workshops since 2012. Here are excerpts from just a few of the hundreds of recordings made at Flute Haven 2014. All of these tracks are as they were recorded — aside from trimming these samples with fade-in and fade-out, no other processing was done:

1. Karen Rugg — Flute over Nature Sounds


2. Lynn Saltiel over a Michael DeMaria background track


3. T.C. Chin - Solo Flute


4. Randy Motz - Jazz


5. Celine Daly - Flute over Drumming


6. Clint Goss over a Gary Cope background track


7. Heidi Kim Nysaether and Will Rubach - Traditional Chanting


8. Randy Motz


9. Julie Harris - Silk Road flute over Frank Henninger Udu


10. Karen Rugg - Solo Flute


11. T. C. Chin - Traditional Red Cedar Loon Flute


12. Heidi Kim Nysaether


13. Celine Daly and Julie Harris - Duet over Drums


14. Heidi Kim Nysaether and Will Rubach - Melodic Chanting


15. Frank Henninger and Clint Goss - Flute and Piano duet


16. Randy Motz and Ron Kravitz - Flute / Hang duet


Staff …

Clint Goss
Clint Goss
Lynn Miller
Lynn Miller
Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Ron Kravitz
Ron Kravitz
Ron Volkman
Ron Volkman
Vera Shanov
Vera Shanov

 

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Welcome sign at the retreat center, Flute Haven 2014

Glenn Pastella constructing a reference flute, Flute Haven 2013

Karen Rugg open-mic solo, Flute Haven 2013

Rack of flutes at Flute Haven 2014

Amala Viola at Flute Haven 2014

Ron Kravitz leading Harmonic Improvisation at Flute Haven 2014

Julie Harris, Silk Road flute, Flute Haven 2014

SpiritGrass concert, Flute Haven 2014

T. C. Chin at the closing of Flute Haven 2014