Athena Windsong

Athena Windsong is a music educator, flute teacher, renegade flute soloist, Middle Eastern flute improviser, ethnomusicologist, music historian and radio personality. She is a classroom veteran of 16 years and has taught music to all ages and ability levels from 3-year-olds to adult life-long learners. Athena holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, and a Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music from the University of Dayton from Dayton, OH. Athena's radio show, Voyages with Ms. Dawn, is a weekly virtual Music History and Appreciation classroom. It is local to Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC but can be heard every Monday from 4-5pm on the Listen Live link at

In her education and training, Athena Windsong's knowledge of flute repertoire is superb: from Classical to Jazz to Middle Eastern-inspired improvisation. She has spent her entire life as a flute performer: grade school and university music school student recitals, performing in and coaching marching bands, youth orchestra participation, and stage performances in the Mid-Atlantic states as a solo artist as well as Carnegie Hall, NYC. Athena applies her studies of the neurological effects of listening, creating, and performing music to her curriculum of Ethnomusicological (the study of World Music) principles and Comparative Cultural Studies for students of all ages.

How to Read Music for Beginners and Those Who Need a Review

Ever wanted to read music but never had the time or opportunity? Do you somewhat know what those lines and squiggles mean but need a refresher course? This is the workshop for you! Athena Windsong has been teaching flute since her elementary band director let her lead flute sectionals and teaching music professionally for 16 years to everyone from 3 year olds to 93 year olds with her Masters degree in Music Education. Athena will lay out music notation in uncomplicated terms, spending half the workshop playing memory and rhythm games and then send you on your way with a review packet and some fun worksheets - crayons and colored pencils included.

Middle Eastern Scales and Melodies for all Melodic Instruments

Okay. So you know those tricky pops and flicks on your doumbek (or not). You can do all 10 basic rhythms of Middle Eastern/Turkish music (or not). But do you know how Middle Eastern/Turkish maqam (scales) differ from our Western Art Music majors and minors? Are you up on your Medieval Modes? Do you wanna improvise like a pro when those drummers start beating a Baladi? Athena Windsong was the flute soloist with Snakes Rising in Cincinnati (2004-2007) and has been tutored by Carmine Guida in Middle Eastern/Turkish performance. She also holds a Masters in Music Education and has been teaching flute to college scholarship recipients for nearly 2 decades. In this workshop, you'll be taught a series of maqam (scales), encouraged to improvise on a couple maqam, and given sheet music for Middle Eastern/Turkish standards. Bring a melodic instrument - guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc, a chair and a metal music stand.

















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