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Tarleton State University Flute Studio

Link to Official TSU Website: www.tarleton.edu

Link to TSU Music Department: http://www.tarleton.edu/music/





The Tarleton University Flute Studio serves students who wish to major in Flute Performance, Music Education, as well as talented doublers and non-majors.

Lessons are tailored to the individual needs of each student. Music majors receive a one hour lesson per week while minors and non-majors are eligible for a 30 minute lesson each week. Studio class is held on Thursdays.  All majors are required to participate in studio classes and the studio flute choir.  Doublers and non-majors may participate with instructor permission.

 Link to Syllabus – Majors

 Link to Syllabus - Minors 




Studio Links:

Tarleton Music Student Resources

Repertoire List coming soon!






Prospective Students 

Please see the TSU website for audition information. Scholarships are available to excellent candidates.

Ronda offers a free demo lesson to all prospective Tarleton students.  Email Ronda at ELDRIDGE@Tarleton.edu to schedule an appointment.




Prospective Student FAQs for Ronda




 Q: What music should I have when I begin my studies at TSU?

 Ronda:  I require all students to obtain the following materials:

-Taffenal & Gaubert  - 17 Daily Studies for Flute
-De La Sonorite – Marcel Moyse
-Flute Music by French Composers
-Bach Sonatas 1-6
-Mozart Concertos in G & D

Etude books and other pieces are assigned based on individual levels. 

 Q: What kind of flute do I need to study music in college?

 Ronda: There are many quality instruments available.  My philosophy is that it is best to be matched with an instrument that suits your particular needs.  The old adage of one size fits all definitely does not apply to flutes!  Ideally, your flute should be a minimum of all silver with open holes.  If you have small hands (as do many females), you should play on an offset G rather than an inline G flute. Plan on spending anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 for an appropriate instrument.

Q: My parents tell me that they are spending so much on my college education that I can “make due” with the flute I already have.  What can I say to help them to understand that I need a new/different flute? 

 Ronda: If your parents are investing in your education, then the right tools are part of that investment.  They wouldn’t send you off to get a degree in diesel mechanics with a pair of pliers and a screwdriver, would they?

 Q: What about used flutes?

 Ronda: I’m all for used flutes.  Just be prepared to do maintenance on them just like you would a quality used car.  Insure them so that your investment is protected.  I recommend Clarion Insurance: www.clarionins.com/ 

Q: Where do I go to try flutes? 

 Ronda: I recommend Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company in Plano.  Carolyn and her staff are all flutists and do an excellent job of matching players with the instrument most suitable for them in their price range. Visit Carolyn’s website at www.flute4u.com

 Q: What kind of flute do you play?

 Ronda: My current flute is a Haynes with a Miyazawa headjoint.  I also own a Miyazawa Boston Classic (played by my daughter, Charlene).  My other flutes are: 


Eb: Armstrong with a hand cut headjoint.
Alto: Miyazawa all silver with a B foot.
 Bass: Yamaha
 Piccolo: Powell











TSU Flute Choir
















 Quotes from students:                                                              



“Flute Choir is fun!!”  

“You mean I get to play an alto flute?”
“Bass flute is so awesome!”
“I look forward to this every week.”
“It’s my favorite class!”
“TSU Flute Choir rocks!”







Student Recognition

& Studio News 2011-2012


Honors Recital & Outstanding Freshman Musician

Congratulations to Caitlin Rose for making it as a finalist in the 2012 Honors Recital. Students who achieve this honor are exempt from juries! Caitlin was also named TSU Outstanding Freshman Instrumentalist for 2012. Caitlin brought it home for the flute studio for the second year in a row!! Way to go!

Galway Masterclass


Congratulations to freshman Caitlin Rose who was named the alternate performer for the Sir James Galway Masterclas held in December that was sponsored by the Texas Flute Society.  Caitlin auditioned on Cantabile et Presto by Enesco.  She was one of only two students selected statewide to participate at the undergraduate level.

The Flute Studio enjoyed Sir Galway’s masterclass and picked up some new ideas. Brittany DeLaVergne said, “Yes! I have been validated as a flutist!”  after hearing Galway’s comments about what needs to happen in the American Flute School. 

A Terrific Concert! 

We had so much fun… Ronda had the opportunity to be the Fall Guest Artist at Central Texas College in November. She invited the Flute Choir to join her for this concert in playing four pieces: Gluck’s Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Calvin Custer’s arrangement of Over the Rainbow, Baby Elephant Walk featuring Ronda & studio member Zac Edwards on Bass Flute and Scarborough Faire. TSU Piano Professor Dr. Leslie Spotz accompanied Ronda on piano and TSU graduate Brittany DeLaVergne joined Ronda for two duets including Doppler’s Duettino Americain. Ronda and Dr. Spotz autographed CDs afterwards for concert attendees.

 Ian Clarke Masterclass 


TSU Flute Studio students were “wowed” by Ian Clarke’s wonderful masterclass and concert held in October. Students who attended were excused from their weekly lesson with Ronda and had the opportunity to be inspired by one of the hottest flutists/composers in the flute community. After the concert, studio members had the opportunity to meet Ian and some even had him sign their flute cases! Favorite pieces were purchased from Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company which sponsored the event and some of those pieces will be featured in an upcoming studio recital. 


DeLaVergne to Serve in TFS Position

Congratulations to TSU graduate Brittany DeLaVergne for being named Coordinator of Flute Choirs for the Texas Flute Society.



 2010-2011 News


Brittany DeLaVergne


 Congrats to senior Brittany on an amazing senior recital! Her program included: 


Burton: Sonatina 
Piazolla: Tango Etude #4 
Laurel Zucker: Cuban Trio mvt. 2: The Grumpy Old Village Lady 
Caliendo: La Milonga & Amor Perdido 
Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man 


You can scroll through the audio player at the top to hear Brittany and Ronda play Amor Perdido. 

Lisa Orner



Lisa was named Outstanding Freshman Musician for the 2010/11 school year! Way to go, Lisa!! Lisa’s repertoire for the year included: Chaminade: Concertino, Bloch: Suite Modale, Debussy: Afternoon of a Faun, and Mozart Concerto in D Major