Monday, December 20, 2010

composition contest

Composers out there, check this out:

Fifteen Minutes of Fame written for Zentripetal
The one-minute violin and cello duets are to be inspired by and written specifically for this project to be performed by the duo Zentripetal featuring Lynn Bechtold on violin and Jen DeVore on cello. Zentripedal is up for adventurous works which included extended techniques, doubling on percussion instruments, etc. 

• Works need to be submitted via email to by February 10, 2011
• Email submissions should include the 50-word bio and 50-word program notes as text in an email. 
• The picture should be an attached jpg file, and the score should be an attached PDF. 
• No works over a minute will be reviewed. 
• The results will be announced by February 28 on the Vox Novus website, and composers of 15 accepted works will be notified by email. 

Zentripetal has performed recitals and programs at Galapagos in DUMBO, the Goethe Institut NYC, the Roerich Museum, the Players Theatre, and the Renee Weiler Concert Hall at Greenwich House. Zentripetal will be performing debuting new works and performing pieces from their upcoming cd due to be released in the early fall. 

Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, Holland, and Switzerland. An advocate of contemporary music, she has worked with composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works on the Princeton Composers' Series and Composers Concordance. In 2001, she gave the premiere of "Violynn," a work for violin and electronics written for her by Alvin Lucier. 

Cellist Jennifer DeVore has appeared at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Zankel Hall and Weill Hall and at the Musicorda, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals. Groups she has played with include the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Pi, the Jose Limon Dance Company, and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mozart: Flute Concerto #2 (Movement 2) Alain Marion, flute

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


October 9th is John Lennon's 70th Birthday.  To celebrate the occasion - Yoko Ono, EMI Records and YouTube are conducting a call for testimonials about John Lennon from his fans around the world.  This includes musicians, celebrities and other public figures, taping a 1-2 minute video statement (no music) to share what John Lennon means to them. Fans are encouraged to talk about what they love about John Lennon, from their favorite song to a special memory they may have of John and his music, all in honor of John Lennon's 70th birthday.

This is where you come in!  We would like to represent the amazing YouTube community as part of this global tribute (along with celebs who have already submitted videos like Aerosmith, Jeff Bridges, Brian Wilson, Kelsey Grammar and others).  All you need to do is record a short video and upload it as "unlisted" on your channel page by 10/8.  When it's available send the URL to to be considered for spotlight as part of this celebration.  By noon on 10/8 make your video public and add it to the tributes being submitted on via YouTube Moderator.  Encourage friends to join you!

If you have any questions and to submit your unlisted video for spotlight consideration as part of this tribute, please send a note to

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nina's Flute by Thomas Andersen

YouTuber "Thomandy" (Thomas Andersen) composed a piece for me to play with him in a video collaboration on YouTube. Here it is! He sent me the score and an MP3 of the piano part, and I played along (with headphones) then sent my video back to him, and he mixed it with his. Pretty cool. I hope you like this tender, new-age melody. Thanks Thomas, and all of you please visit his channel at

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Koehler flute etude No 5 op. 33 book 2 illinois all state audition IMEA

IMEA All-State audition etude

As requested by Illinois flutists, here I am playing etude No 5 from Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 2 page 20-21. This is a read through, not a polished performance, so yes, there are mistakes, but I hope this will give you an idea of how the etude sounds.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Berbiguier etude No. 4 Nina Perlove, flute

The Berbiguier 18 Studi book can be purchased by clicking the image/link above or clicking here:

Good luck to all flutists auditioning on this piece for TMEA all-state band! I hope this video helps you prepare.

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I'm available for personalized, online flute lessons, too!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CPE Bach flute sonata in a minor, quick tip flute lesson, Nina Perlove

Tip for the CPE Bach Sonata in a minor

watch out for measures 41-43 and the same thing applies at measures 37-39. Check all your pickups carefully.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

florida all-state flute audition music gariboldi No 7 (Nina Perlove)

Good luck to all of you auditioning in Florida. If any of you want an online lesson, go to my website and click TEACHING
Tell all your facebook/twitter friends about this video. This etude can be found on page 7 of the book Melodious and Progressive Studies.

Quick Tip Flute Lesson: Life starts with breath; expression starts with ...

One of my virtual flute students ( asked me a question about expressive breathing so I thought I would share the answer with all of you. I would LOVE to see your video responses of pieces where YOU use expressive breathing, and this invitation is for all wind/brass players, even singers! Life starts with breath; expression starts with breath.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Florida All-State flute Joachim Andersen op. 41 #10, Nina Perlove

YouTube user Dumbledorezarmy has been begging me to record this excerpt for the Florida All-State auditions, so here it is. This is from page 42 of Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 1. I hope this helps! Good luck on your audition.

Some tips: watch the accidentals including the double sharps! Make surethe c-sharps in the staff are not sharp, and play it sweetly (dolce) and slowly (adagio). Don't rush, enjoy the intervals and let the sound sing.

This is my first ever video upload using YouTube's record from webcam function. I hope it works!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I have a new look!

Check out my redesigned website at and if you want to know how to make a super cool website like mine without knowing webcode, visit:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

All-State Audition Music 2010-2011

I am compiling a list of audition music for various states. I will update this list as I get more information. Please email me links and/or audition lists which you do not see on this list. Some states already posted their 2010-2011 audition music and other pages have not yet been updated, so be sure to check the dates! I hope to make as many teaching videos for these audition pieces as possible. Good luck!



Set I (2007-2008, 2010-2011):
Melodious and Progressive Studies - Book II, rev. Robert Cavally; Southern Music
Etude #5, Moderato, Meas. 1-64, (pp. 20-21)
Etude by Kummer, Meas. 1-Fine, (p.51)
Set II (2008-2009, 2011-2012):
Melodious and Progressive Studies - Book II, rev. Robert Cavally; Southern Music
Etude #8, Begin at Tempo I (Recapitulation)-Fine , (p. 27)
Allegro con fuoco by Andersen, Begin at Key Change-Fine, (p.63)
Set III (2009-2010, 2012-2013):
Melodious and Progressive Studies - Book II, rev.Robert Cavally; Southern Music
Vivace in F Minor, by Kummer, Meas.1-Fine (p.52)
Andante cantabile in C#Minor, by Andersen, Meas.1-50 (p.59

Indiana Band and Orchestra 


Oklahoma First Round: Rubank Selected Studies edited by Voxman, pages 12 and 25



Monday, June 7, 2010

Premiere Video: Flute Lesson Triple Tonguing - Nina Perlove

This is my first premiere level teaching video available for rental on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think of the rental program.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Concert of Music by Rick Arnest - audio now available

On May 11th, I played in a concert of works for four flutes by Cincinnati composer Rick Arnest. Performers were (left to right) Heather Verbeck, Danielle Hundley, Nina Perlove, Rick Arnest (composer) and Barbara Lambert. You can read all about his works and hear a recording from the live concert by following these links.

Ocam's Laser:

On the third movement, I play both flute and piccolo, and the sixteenth notes really gave me something to practice.

Jacob's Ladder:

Jacob's Ladder was especially challenging to play because the four players were spread out throughout the Church and well, frankly, it was almost impossible for us to hear each other. I was a little stressed, but at times like that, you just use your musical instincts and try to watch each other as much as possible.  The audience members all told me that the spatialization was very effective!

The bass flute played by Danielle Hundley was very generously provided by Pearl Flutes, so please email them and tell them THANK YOU!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nina Perlove with Brad Garner in NYC (online flute lessons)

Learn Nina Perlove's YouTube and internet secrets in a cool webinar

Quick Tip: Stabilize High E (Nina Perlove, online flute lesson)

Nina Perlove on singing while playing the flute

Nina Perlove & Greg Pattillo play a SERIOUS, classical duo

Nina Perlove, flute: MASTER OF BEATBOX!

Nina Perlove flute lesson: warm air, warm sound Online Flute Lessons

Nina Perlove flute lesson: Channel your inner Bunny Rabbit ONLINE LESSON...

REUPLOAD Gariboldi etude on a Pearl flute, Nina Perlove

Thanks to Pearl Flutes for sending me this flute and supporting this video!

Buy Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 1 here.

Pearl Flutes 795 Elegante Series Flute (Offset G with Split E, B Foot, C# Trill, D# Roller)

Read about my webcam teaching in Flute Talk Magazine

I was interviewed for the article "Flute Lessons via Webcam" in the May/June 2010 issue of Flute Talk Magazine.  I can't provide the article here, but you can subscribe to the magazine, look for it in your local library, or to order just this issue, contact

If you want more information about my online lessons, click here.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Robert Muczynski, Rest in Peace

One of my favorite composers, Robert Muczynski, died Tuesday May 25, 2010 in Tucson, AZ.,CST-NWS-xmucz28.article 

Click here to listen to me playing excerpts of his wonderful Sonata for Flute and Piano.

Expressive Teaching: The legacy of Alain Marion

Alain Marion (1938-1998) was a protege of Joseph and Jean-Pierre Rampal and himself became one of the most brilliant and influential flute teachers of the 20th century.  I had the pleasure to study flute with Alain Marion for six years, including two years as his private flute student in Paris, and the impact he had upon my playing and teaching was enormous.  Now, I am able to share some of his remarkable teaching with you.

You see, when I was Alain Marion's student in Paris, I recorded my lessons onto a portable cassette tape machine. After his unexpected death in 1998, I thought it would be too difficult to hear the recordings, so I stored them in a shoe box in my basement. In 2008 with the 10-year anniversary of his death approaching, I finally decided to listen to the recordings and what I discovered was an incredible document of Alain Marion's teaching. I have spent the past year digitizing, transcribing, and translating these recordings so that the rest of the world (that means YOU) could benefit from these lessons just as I did in 1995-1997. 

I hope you will take a moment to click the links on this page where you will be able to listen to several recordings of my lessons, download the lesson transcripts, and read some articles I have written which analyze Alain Marion's teaching methods.  Please share this information with your friends and colleagues as these are, to my knowledge, the only existing and publicly available recordings of Alain Marion's teaching. 

Download Lesson Transcriptions and Translations to accompany the audio examples!

Expressive Teaching, the Legacy of Alain Marion by Nina Perlove, as published in Pan Magazine, September, 2008, pp. 39-42.

Une pédagogie de la flûte expressive : L’HERITAGE D’ALAIN MARION 
par Nina Perlove; traduction française par Philippe François

A Tribute to Alain Marion by Nina Perlove (partially published in The Flutist Quarterly, Fall, 1998).

The French Flute School by Nina Perlove, Windplayer Magazine #60
See photos of Alain by Pryor Dodge.
Suggested Reading: 
The Bel Canto Flute by Sheryl Cohen.

Alain Marion (1938-1998) 
Born on Christmas day, 1938 in Marseille, France, Alain Marion studied flute with Joseph and Jean-Pierre Rampal, who went on to become Marion’s mentor and life-long friend.  In 1961 he won the Geneva Competition and subsequently held solo flute positions in the Paris Orchestra, Orchestra of Radio France, French National Orchestra, and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain.  He traveled the world giving concerts and masterclasses and from 1977 until his death taught at the Paris Conservatory.  With Rampal, he spent summers teaching at the renowned Summer Music Academy in Nice, France and his former students are among the most celebrated flutists today.

Online Flute Lessons

YES, I make house calls!
I am available for online flute lessons 
for all ages, levels, and budgets!

Private flute lessons via webcam are in real time. But does it work, you ask? Absolutely! It is very similar to having a teacher in the room with you but with the added convenience of not having to leave the comfort of your own home. No more worrying about traffic jams or snow storms to keep you away from your flute lessons. Just turn on your computer and we are ready to go! Email Nina for pricing and scheduling

I  also offer more affordable online flute lessons through the amazing new teaching portal Ashbury Music Hall.  This allows us to send private videos and assignments back and forth, at your pace, on your own schedule. Since we don't meet in real time, but communicate by sending videos, audio and text back and forth, you can prepare your online flute lessons when it is convenient for you with the simple click of a mouse.  I tailor your assignments specifically to you and respond to your progress with personally made videos, JUST FOR YOU! You'll love it!

Email me to set up a day and time for your lesson
Be sure to tell me:
- if you want 1 hour or 1/2 hour lessons
- the repertoire you plan to cover in your lesson
- what is your level and experience
When your lesson day and time has been confirmed, pay for your lesson using paypal.

$40 half an hour
$25 for a 15 minute consultation
$337.50 Pack of 5: 1 hour Lessons, save 10%
$180 Pack of 5: 30 min lessons
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Cancelled lessons without 24 hours notice are non-refundable
If I need to cancel your lesson, it will be rescheduled at no additional charge
Payment must be received 24 hours prior to the lesson

Lesson Pricing Introductory Offers!

a computer with high-speed internet access
a video camera
a microphone
speakers or headphones (headphones preferred)
we will first try using oovoo. At the time of your lesson, I will send you an email with a link to click that takes you to our private web call conference room.
You may also want to install a skype or ichat account just in case we have trouble connecting through oovoo.
We may schedule a brief (1 minute) test call a day or so prior to your first lesson to make sure the connection works.

Upgrade your internet speed to the highest speed available through your isp. Try to get a download speed of 15 MB and an upload speed of 4.5 MB or if possible, 1.5 MB upload.
Use direct connect to your internet rather than wireless.
Make sure all other programs except the ones you are using for the call are closed. The best thing is to restart your computer before the call and then only open skype and no other programs until the call is over.
If using skype, go into skype - preferences - advanced - and in the box for incoming connection port, enter the highest number it will allow you to enter. On my computer it is 65535.
Consider buying a skype/webcall headset with microphone and a logitech HD web cam.

"I've been playing flute (self-taught) for quite a few years and have always strived to achieve a better sound and control on the instrument.  In one online lesson, Nina Perlove has given me invaluable advice which has already helped me make significant improvements in my playing. Not only is she an amazing flute player - she is also a superb educator."
Brian Wilson, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“Through the incredible medium of the internet, I found that Nina Perlove epitomizes what I’ve always imagined ‘the art of teaching flute’ to be. One incredible insight that I gained from her lesson, is to recognize and self-assess my own progress via objective practice – particularly, with the use of the metronome daily.  Perlove is a master at putting her student at ease, no matter what level of playing one might be.  Perlove has an uncanny ability – through years of incessant training I’m sure – to hone in on her student’s needs in terms of what to focus on, where to work, and how to individually progress wherever their flute-playing endeavors might lay.  And most importantly in a student-instructor situation, Nina knows how to constructively teach her student with a sense of honest feedback that I believe, continues that most important loop of dynamic learning!”
Paula, USA