Date of Defense




First Advisor

Christine Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Spradling


Today's presentation is a lecture recital, as part of the graduation requirements for the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. In this presentation, I would like to discuss several important flute professors from the Paris Conservatory in Paris, France during the 1800s, and the impact they had on both flute playing and flute teaching today. During the 19th century, Paris was the center of serious flute study. The best students in the world traveled there to study with great flute professors such as Francois Devienne, Jean-Louis Tulou, Paul Taffanel, Philippe Gaubert, and Marcel Moyse. The influence of these professors impacted the innovations being made to the design of the flute, as well as the composition of new music for the instrument. These teachers influenced how we teach and perform today, and my goal is to explore what and how they taught and how it impacts flutists of the twenty first century.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only