The University of Arizona Flute Performance program includes students from across the world engaged in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Flute studies at UA include weekly private lessons, a weekly studio master class, small group technique classes, recording sessions, flute pedagogy, guest artist master residencies, and the Flutefinity
ensemble. Along with applied study, students perform solo, chamber, concerto, orchestral, and wind ensemble repertoire for live performances, competitions, and recordings. In addition, students perform as members of Flutefinity, the chamber music program focused on performing and recording large and small chamber works. Flute students are encouraged to seek national and international recognition through young artist competitions, festival/master class performances, and scholarly publications.
Students engaged in flute performance studies:
- focus on performance objectives in a longitudinal manner.
- develop kinesiological habits that ensure success.
- condense music theory, history, and physiology into a simplified interpretative algorithm.
- train the body’s physical performance mechanisms to reinforce the joy of performing.
Brian Luce is a highly regarded performer and teacher with experience as a competitor, chamber musician, orchestral musician, freelance performer, recording artist, and recording engineer. This experience, coupled with over 30 years of teaching in the private studio and classroom at universities, high schools, junior high schools, and fine arts festivals, has led to the development of a curriculum that focuses on students’ product creation. All students in every major are required to:
- create a professional recording portfolio suitable for commercial release in the state-of-the-art School of Music Recording Studio.
- create a series of teaching and mentoring materials to specific clientele.
- learn to function as a producer and arranger in the creation of recordings in the commercial and classical recording studio.
- develop professional marketing materials including a web presence.
- teach younger students using the apprenticeship model.
- exploit market gaps in order to secure future employment.