The Flute Examiner is an online publication & newsletter about the flute & flute pedagogy.
Jessica Dunnavant is a teacher, writer, and performer who lives in the suburbs of Nashville, TN. Over the past 23 years, she has taught lessons, classes and groups large and small, ranging from a kindergarten piano class to a senior citizens’ flute choir, with many private lessons and music appreciation classes in between. Currently, she runs a large private studio of middle and high school students with occasional forays into college level teaching. Jessica is a member of the Jackson Symphony in West Tennessee and she is the traverso player and personnel manager for Music City Baroque.
Jessica has held one-year teaching positions at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Florida State University and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in addition to long term adjunct work at Middle Tennessee State University. She taught pre-college flute and piano lessons at Belmont University’s Belmont Academy. Jessica is a reviewer for the Flutist Quarterly, was a blogger at the Music Collective for two years, and has been published in Flute Talk Magazine. Several of her arrangements for flute and saxophone are available at Dorn Publications from her years as a member of the Greenbrook Ensemble with saxophonist Paula Van Goes.
Jessica studied flute with Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough at Middle Tennessee State University, with Charles DeLaney at Florida State University and with William Montgomery at the University of Maryland College Park. She also sings, loudly and perhaps with more gusto than finesse, in the choir at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Brentwood, TN. When not teaching or playing, Jessica can be found in her back yard tending a raised-bed, mostly organic garden of vegetables and flowers.
co-founder, graphic design & media coordinator
Amanda is incessant tinkerer who loves the flute. Her love for the instrument was sparked as a young child upon hearing a friend play “Yankee Doodle” in the open fields of her hometown in rural Kentucky. When not playing or teaching music, you might catch her teaching a yoga class.
Her eclectic interests led her to start The Flute Examiner: the online publication and newsletter about flute. It combines her love for graphic design and flute pedagogy.
Amanda earned her doctorate from the Florida State University where she studied with Eva Amsler. She has studied with Dr. Shelley Binder, Kathy Karr, and Dr. Stephanie Rea. She plays professionally with the flute/guitar duo, the Cypress Duo and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (NC). She has a large private teaching studio and is on the board of the Raleigh Flute Association (NC).
co-founder, public relations coordinator, 9mm Piccolo
Keith has always loved being creative and is equally at home in the concert hall as he is in his wood shop. Like Amanda, he loves organizing things although he can sometimes obsess about putting labels on everything in sight.
Keith was born in Pennsylvania but now currently lives in Coralville, IA with his husband and their 90 pound Labrador retriever, Jackson. He enjoys woodworking and has turned this love into a small business making flute stands and cradles that are functional art for a music studio.
Keith earned his doctorate from West Virginia University. He enjoys teaching flute and directing flute ensemble and co-founded the Queen City Flute Workshops and the Queen City Flute Choir. He is the former flute instructor at Frostburg State University and Fairmont State University and has previously held positions at Virginia Commonwealth University and John Tyler Community College. He is a member of the Keystone Winds and has performed with Mountainside Baroque, the Richmond Symphony, The Richmond Philharmonic, and the Allegany Symphony Orchestra. He currently works for Flute Authority as a Sales Representative and Flute and Piccolo Technician.
Creator of FlutyHacks
Ai is fascinated by all things beautiful and creative, including the lives of people and their thoughts. The flute is Ai’s ticket to the grand tour of the world—a ticket that unlocks gates, doors, and windows to places and hearts. Beauty, creativity, passion, wisdom, truth and courage are the landmarks that capture her attention the most. Ai joins the team at The Flute Examiner to share the souvenirs she finds on her grand tour with each reader.
The flute brings Ai invitations to perform as a solo and chamber music artist internationally, including the British Flute Society Convention, Canadian Flute Convention, and by the Hake-no-michi Society/Primavera String Quartet in Tokyo, Japan. In the United States, she is invited as a guest artist at events (such as the Flute Day at University of Nevada, Reno), and presents recitals at festivals and universities (including the NFA Conventions, University of California Davis, and Middle Tennessee State University).
As an educator, Ai presents workshops and masterclasses at universities, festivals, music organizations, and schools as a guest artist. She also offers private flute lessons in Cupertino, California. Interested to learn more? Please visit Ai at www.FlutistAi.com.
Health and Wellness Contributor
Kelly Mollnow Wilson loves all things related to flutes, teaching, and whole body movement! She currently teaches privately and is a freelance musician in Northeast Ohio. She is a founding member of the Aella Flute Duo and is the lead author/flute author of Teaching Woodwinds: A Guide for Students and Teachers, published in 2014.
Since 2007, Kelly has been a licensed member of Andover Educators, Inc., a consortium of music educators dedicated to preserving and enhancing the careers of musicians through accurate anatomical information and somatic awareness as applied to music-making. Through a unique and powerful tool called Body Mapping, Kelly helps students in all disciplines avoid injury and become better musicians. She has presented Body Mapping workshops for students throughout the US and she teaches a semester long class, Body Mapping for Musicians, at Oberlin Conservatory.
Kelly holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her teachers include Katherine Borst Jones, Mary Kay Fink and Liisa Ruoho.
Kelly is a licensed massage therapist and a certified Neurokinetic Therapy Practitioner – Level Two. Combining all of these skill sets will allow Kelly to expand her work with musicians with injuries and provide movement education and manual therapy in one location.
In her free time (is that a thing?), Kelly loves to read, run, hike, spend time outdoors doing anything, listen to her favorite bands (Great Big Sea and Home Free) loudly and spend time with her husband and two children.
“Insights, after all, come from the overlap between seemingly unrelated thoughts. They emerge when concepts are transposed, when the rules of one place are shifted to a new domain.”
― Jonah Lehrer,