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Molumby Plays the Flute and Discusses Creative Teaching Techniques in Faculty Podcast

By:    Published 11:23 am / April 23, 2012

Music has been taught virtually the same way for generations. Boise State professor Nicole Molumby plays her flute and discusses her diverse teaching methods from ancient techniques to modern technology in this week’s faculty podcast, ‘Music, Machines and Meditation.’

Listeners can access the website featuring a series of faculty podcasts at BeyondtheBlue.BoiseState.edu or go directly to Molumby’s presentation. Visitors can download all podcasts and subscribe to receive automatic downloads of new content whenever they open iTunes.

In this podcast, Molumby explores a new world of possibilities, discussing her diverse teaching and creative activities that bridge the timeless art of music with ancient meditation techniques and modern technology. She shares how Boise State flute students are using the guided meditation practice of iRest to reduce stress and performance anxiety. Complementing the Zen atmosphere in the practice room and on stage, students in Molumby’s ear training class are plugged in to mobile devices, helping them navigate their busy lives by developing innovative learning strategies using iPads.

Molumby is an associate professor of music in the College of Arts and Sciences and is actively performing throughout Europe and the United States. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she completed her master of music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, later receiving her doctorate from the Ohio State University. As a performing artist, her creative activities currently are focused on recording flute music by two emerging 21st century Slovenian composers, Blaz Pucihar and Crt Sojar Volgar. She recently received an Arts & Humanities Institute Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year to travel to Slovenia to complete this project.

The Beyond the Blue website has been developed to showcase the expertise and innovative spirit that exists in many fields at Boise State. Known for its unique blue turf and nationally ranked football program, Boise State is demonstrating creativity beyond the blue in faculty podcasts intended to introduce a variety of topics to casual listeners.

New faculty podcasts are being added on a regular basis, including:

The website contains bonus video and editorial content about the university, including its growth, research initiatives and student life. A related collection of faculty interviews also is accessible from the Reader’s Corner radio show hosted by Boise State President Bob Kustra on Boise State Public Radio.