Why I play music

Karissa Thomson
April 1st, 2016

I knew from a very early age that I wanted to pursue music as my career. After hearing my cousin perform a musical number on her flute in church, I fell in love with it. Not too long after, I received a flute for Christmas and I was hooked. I started taking private lessons, joined the school band, and participated in various youth orchestras throughout my primary and secondary education years. I then went on to Brigham Young University to obtain my Bachelors of Music Degree in Flute Performance.

Music has played such an important role in my life. I have discovered that it has a way of relieving stress and bringing peace like nothing else. I’ve seen countless times, and experienced myself, that music can release pain – both physical and emotional. It can express what words cannot – the whole spectrum of emotions from grief and loneliness to pure joy and wonder. There is also a unique honesty and vulnerability that comes with performing music, a kind of vulnerability that allows you to be more open and empathetic. Music acts as an escape and allows your imagination to roam free. I have learned so many lessons in discipline, teamwork, dedication, expression, and perseverance. These intrinsic values that accompanied my flute studies have proven to be invaluable.

I am now performing in solo recitals in the Phoenix metropolitan area and teaching private lessons. Teaching is one of my true passions and I love sharing the joy and accomplishment that music brings with all of my students. This blog is one way that I look forward to sharing my knowledge with the music community. Tune in here for my thoughts on music, music education, the best instruments and tools for flute study, and some of my favorite tips, tricks, and exercises for improving tone, technique and musicality.

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