“The Native American flute classes were the most relaxing and exuberant music experience I’ve had. Combining meditation with this instrument hits a sweet spot. Erica’s approach and manner soothes the musically nervous soul.” — H. Rogers, Durham, NC
NATIVE FLUTE: BE the MUSIC — a series of 4 workshops
NATIVE FLUTE and MEDITATION, PART 1
Sunday afternoon, October 21, 2:30 – 4:30
Learn to play in a natural way, the way music began: with wind, breezes, breath.
The workshop starts with guided meditation, moves to learning more about the flute, followed by another meditation and structured playing. The meditative atmosphere helps to quiet our minds, so our creative selves can be free to express themselves. Native Flutes will be available for you to use during the workshop.
NATIVE FLUTE and MEDITATION, PART 2 !!
Deepen Your Musical Experience: Hear More, Express Authentically
This workshop is for people who have taken an introductory class, or who have some experience playing Native American flute.
Sunday afternoon workshop, December 9, 2:30 – 4:30 Register here.
Durham Arts Council
Workshop 1: Sunday, October 21, 2018 — 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Special Review Classes – Each 2-hour workshop is preceded by a review class, where we go over the basics of playing the Native American style flute. Sundays, October 21 & December 9, 1:30 – 2:30. Register here.
The class I participated in was a gentle, sweet, and joyful way to relax, celebrate, and weave music with community. I felt like Erica really took care to welcome everyone and help us be at ease in the class. The mix of energy with other learners fostered a playfulness and harmony. When I play the flute now, I still feel it resonate with that time we were together. — A.L., Durham, NC
Erica did not just teach me techniques for how to play a flute. More importantly, she taught me how to slow down and soften. To simply breathe, tune in, and let the flute play through me, allowing me to open and be an instrument. — B. Moore, Pittsboro, NC
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Click here for info on ONGOING NATIVE FLUTE CIRCLES – to continue the journey!
ERICA ALEXANDER, flutist and music educator, has taught flute in private and group settings for over 20 years. She has a Masters in Music Education (MME) and all-level music and Suzuki certifications. Marina Raye, Mary Youngblood and Carlos Nakai are among her Native American flute influences. Meditation is an important part of her life. She has studied with Jeff Brantley (director of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program at Duke), through the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA and, most recently, with Mary Love May at UNC. She leads workshops and flute circles on Native American-style flute. Her flute studio, Open Wings Flute School, offers private lessons which incorporate Suzuki method and meditation.