Title page for ETD etd-01182011-183838

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Gearheart, Sarah Kate
Author's Email Address sgearh1@lsu.edu
URN etd-01182011-183838
Title Exploring the French Flute School in North America: An Examination of the Pedagogical Materials of Georges Barrère, Marcel Moyse, and René Le Roy
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kemler, Katherine P Committee Chair
Beavers, Gabriel J Committee Member
Campbell, Griffin M Committee Member
McFarland, Alison Committee Member
Bower, Gerald J Dean's Representative
  • influence of the French flute school
  • flute pedagogy
  • Paul Taffanel's influence
  • pedagogical approach of the French flute school
  • Georges Barrère's pedagogy
  • Marcel Moyse's pedagogy
  • René Le Roy's pedagogy
Date of Defense 2010-11-22
Availability unrestricted
The discussions that surround the topic of the French flute school and its approach to flute playing have yielded many conflicting assessments. Specifically, different opinions regarding who carried on the French schoolís tradition of flute playing have produced different ideas about its lasting influence. At the center of this topic is a lack of clarity as to what constitutes the pedagogical approach that Paul Taffanel initiated and passed on to his flute students at the Paris Conservatory.

In order to determine what this approach consists of as well as who passed it on, this study presents an examination of the teaching materials of Georges Barrère, Marcel Moyse, and René Le Roy. These three men were trained at the Paris Conservatory by Paul Taffanel and/or Philippe Gaubert before they went on to have influential teaching careers. The exercises and philosophies of Barrère, Moyse, and Le Roy are discussed according to the following topics: tone, articulation, phrasing and vibrato, and technical facility. The exploration of these materials demonstrates that the pedagogy that these three men disseminated throughout North America does indeed reflect the approach of Taffanelís French flute school. As a result, it is evident that the French school continues to influence modern day flute playing, especially in North America, as seen in the perpetuation and evolution of the philosophies, ideas, and exercises used by Barrère, Moyse, and Le Roy.

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