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Flute School

2016 Workshop Program

The following is the list of workshops for the 2016 Native Rhythms Festival. All of these workshops are free, except as noted where a nominal fee is charged to cover the cost of materials the attendee will take away from the workshop. All of these workshops have limited enrollment (most limited by the space in the workshop tent). Early (on-line) registration is strongly encouraged.

Workshop Registration

Use the form at the bottom of this page for advanced registration for individual workshops. Seats in all workshops will be allocated on a first-come/first-serve basis, beginning with advanced registration from this page. Any remaining seats (not allocated by advanced registration) will be available for on-site registration on a first-come/first-serve basis at the workshop check-in tent. Once all available seats have been allocated, a waiting list will be established for each workshop.

Upon receipt of the on-line registration form, our workshop registrar will send an e-mail to you to confirm your registration or indicate your position on the waiting list. That confirmation message will come from the e-mail address Nothing else will be accepted as confirmation of your registration. The automated response that is generated when your form is transmitted to us does not constitute confirmation of your registration. You may wish to print out your confirmation e-mail message from when it arrives, and bring with you to the festival. 

In the past, some of our flute enthusiasts have registered for all workshops, including those they did not actually plan to attend. This prevented people wanting to attend those workshops from registering. We ask all to please be respectful of others. Do not sign up for workshops that you don't definitely plan to attend.

On-line advanced registration will open when the workshop schedule is published and closes at the end of the day on Monday, November 7, 2016. A workshop check-in tent will be set by the main workshop tent. On-site check-in for those who pre-register on-line is required, with empty seats filled at the check-in tent on a first-come/first-serve basis. A waiting list will be maintained when the workshop capacity is reached.

All advanced (pre-registered here) registrants must check-in at the workshop check-in tent upon arrival at the festival to confirm their presence and their plan to participate in the workshops for which they have registered. Seats not confirmed in this manner will be reopened and made available to those on the waiting list.

Although most of the workshops are designated as "space available" and likely will be able to accommodate all who wish to participate, we request that those who wish to participate in them submit an advanced registration form below so that we will have an idea of the number of people to expect and can plan accordingly.


Basic Introduction to the Native American Style Flute  (David Jenkins & Indian River Flute Circle)

Reawakening the Pueblo Style Flute  (Scott August)

Number TAB for the NAF  (Scott August)

On Animal Totems  (Arvel Bird)

How to Make a Dreamcatcher  (Joyce Bugaiski)

Walking With Wisdom - A Path to Understanding  (Will Davis)

Native Flute Playshop  (Clint Goss & Vera Shanov)

Native American Storytelling with Flute and Drum  (Randy Granger)

Open Forum on the Native American Flute  (Jonny Lipford)

OK Morning, Let's Do This!  (Tami Morgan) 

Shake Your Beauty PLAYshop  (Tami Morgan) 

Traditional Flute Playing  (Jon Norris) 

Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together  (Painted Raven)

Playing the Anasazi Flute  (Sydney Kokopelli Girl Phipps)

Understanding Basic Rhythms  (Nelson Rios)

Recording an Award-Winning Album  (Steven Rushingwind)

Native Hand Drum Making  (Shelly & Randy Stenzel)


Basic Introduction to the Native American Style Flute

Leader: David Jenkins supported by the Indian River Flute Circle members
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Anytime
Program Length: Variable
Location: Main festival grounds
Class Size: No limit

A separate vendor-style booth will be set up near the main workshop tent for on-going instruction in the basics of playing the Native American Style Flute. Skilled players, including volunteers from the Indian River Flute Circle, will rotate in leading this workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own flute, although loaner (PVC) flutes will be available for those who do not yet own one. Instruction will include hand placement in properly holding the flute and covering the playing holes, mouth placement and basic breathing techniques, playing the basic scales, and other basic playing techniques. Instruction techniques will vary by instructor.

Title: Reawakening the Pueblo Style Flute, Early Anglo Exploration of the Ancient Southwest
Leader: Scott August
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30.
Program Length: 1 1/2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

A presentation with over 200 images, stories and eyewitness accounts of the early explorations that uncovered Kokopelli's flute.

This is not a teaching workshop. All may attend, no flute or flute skills required.

Number TAB for the NAF

Leader: Scott August
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 10:00 - 11:30.
Program Length: 1 1/2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

An easy system to help you quickly understand what you play, why you play it, and how to remember it.

Native American style flute required. Preferred, but not required, keys: G or F#. 

On Animal Totems

Leader: Arvel Bird
Fee: $20  (includes animal stories CD)
Scheduled time: Saturday, 11:00 - 1:00.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available.

Arvel Bird’s Animal Totems workshop combines traditions of many indigenous cultures from around the world including the Native American perspective and shamanic traditions of South America. He teaches the 9 Power Animal Tradition and uses current interpretations of Spirit or Totem animal medicine. These meanings give those who journey inspiration, guidance and answers to who they are why they’re here and what fears they need to overcome to heal themselves and advance their soul’s evolution. Arvel is also uses his training as a healer in Theta to hold the space for participants who, through their shamanic journey, uncover hidden fears false beliefs or issues of self-esteem, safety, guilt, shame, etc., to release such issues and down load new beliefs in order to heal trauma, and emotional pain from childhood or past experiences.

Recommended materials: notebook and writing tool, comfy clothing, eye pillow/scarf/bandana to cover eyes during shamanic journey to block out ambient light, if desired.


Arvel Bird became interested in animal totems and their medicine power when he began to research and study his own Paiute heritage. He grew up knowing a significant part of his ancestry were of the Southern Paiutes of Utah, however, no one had spoken of it in his childhood, so as an adult he became curious and discovered to his surprise that he held a great respect and affinity for the ways of not only his ancestors but of all the north American Indian people. 

During this time of ancestral discovery, he also began to write and record music of birds and animals, composing the instrumentals to represent the characteristics and power of these spirit animals. This led him into the desire to discover and relate to his own animal totems. Through study, searching, and journey he found the alignment he held in spirit with 9 power totems that were there to show and encourage him to drop the energy he was carrying from his childhood imprinting and to embrace the strength and characteristics of who he truly is. This shinned a spot light on his underlying motivation or basic desire in life; his way of perceiving and focusing on higher meaning and purpose; his way of acting by channeling his energy into completion of a task despite difficulties, and his life task which is to discover and reveal that which is most relevant and essential to his life’s journey and to share these insights with those who would be receptive to these perspectives on their own life experiences. This explains the reason Arvel leads Animal Totem workshops. Arvel has facilitated dozens of Animal Totems workshops at churches, private events, and festivals in Arizona, Colorado, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, Utah, Wisconsin, Utah, Florida, Toronto and others.

How to Make a Dreamcatcher

Leader: Joyce Bugaiski
Fee: $5 (optional, to cover the cost of materials supplied)
Scheduled time: Saturday, 3:30 - 5:30.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 25

If you've ever wanted to learn how to make a dreamcatcher, now's your chance. Many dreamcatchers that you see are made on round, leather covered hoops. We will not be making them this way. We will be learning how to create the web (with or without beads) on a traditional vine hoop. We will decorate them with leather, beads, and feathers. We will also cover the meaning and tradition of the dreamcatcher. Instructional handout with history of the dreamcatcher will also be supplied to each person along with materials.

This workshop will accommodate 25 people. Others are welcome to come in and watch and learn as long as the workshop in not disturbed.

There will be a nominal fee of $5.00 for this workshop to cover the cost of supplies.

Walking With Wisdom - A Path to Understanding

Leader: Will Davis
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Friday, 9:00 - 12:00.
Program Length: 3 hours
Location: Jam tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of what wisdom is and how connection is vital to oneself and their greater environment. 

Walking With Wisdom-A Path To Understanding…is a workshop/seminar based on the book written by Will Davis, by the same title. The workshop/Seminar will be an abbreviated version of the offered full day workshop/seminar. During the several hours of this seminar presented at the Candlewood Suites as part of the Native Rhythms Festival, the participant will engage in defining what ‘wisdom’ means for them and sharing some accolades of how it has worked in their lives. The participant will be guided through several meditations including a short walking meditation. The idea of connection and being connected will be part of the presentation. Will, has a Facebook page also by the same name. Copies of the book, “Walking With Wisdom-A Path To Understanding” will be available for purchase. 


Will Davis is an experienced workshop/seminar provider for over 25 years. He has provided professional training for areas such as mental health, HIV/AIDS awareness, Human Resources, Stress Management, Communication Skills, Cultural Awareness, and Spirituality. He has presented all over the country including, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, and Oregon. 

Title: Native Flute Playshop
Leader: Clint Goss and Vera Shanov (
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 9:00 - 12:00.
Program Length: 3 hours
Location: Jam tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 30 participants (pre-registration strongly recommended)

The Native Flute Playshop is a special program for people who play (or wish to play) the Native American Flute. We will gather for the workshop with a focus on building confidence playing the flute in many settings and styles and expressing your inner voice. 

We will explore: 

the elements of music - melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and silence; 

basic improvisation techniques such as call-and-response, solo over drone, and repeated patterns; 

song forms such as A/B/A contrast, blues, and rounds. 

And we mean it when we say Playshop ... participants will be playing most of the time! You will get an opportunity to play solo and in ensembles in many settings, and work with facilitators from many different corners of music. 

Regardless of your current level of experience, if you want to bring your flute playing to a new level, this is the weekend to attend! 

Reference list of Clint's links:

* Join Clint and Vera’s Native Flute list
* Flutopedia (Native Flute encyclopedia)
* (index of all our web sites)


Native American Storytelling with Flute and Drum

Leader: Randy Granger
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Friday, 9:00 - 10:00.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

Explore the art of storytelling with the Native flute and drum. Creation stories and lore to entertain and educate all ages in your performances, schools, retirement communities and more..

Randy Granger is an award-winning recording artist, composer, flute instructor and performing artist. He is classically trained in percussion, voice, and performance. A former instructor with the Yamaha School of Music, as well as teaching private students in guitar, percussion, voice, and flute, he now conducts workshops around the country on flute and Hang playing. The majority of Granger's private students are now taught via Skype with students all around the world. He has performed and shared the stage with R. Carlos Nakai, Michael Graham Allen, Peter Phippen, Skip Healy, Scott August among many other top recording artists. His workshops are extremely popular and he has facilitated flute playing workshops at INAFA, Zion Canyon, Native Rhythms, Oklahoma Flute fest, and Handpangea, to name a few. (

Open Forum on the Native American Flute

Leader: Jonny Lipford
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 2:30 - 3:30.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

This will be an open forum style Q&A gathering in which you can ask any question relating to the Native-style flute. If there's something in particular that you're struggling with or wanting to know about playing the flute, recording with the flute, or construction of the flute, bring it all to the table! Your curiosity is encouraged and welcomed!

OK Morning, Let's Do This

Leader: Tami Morgan
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 8:15.
Program Length: 45 minutes
Location: Down by the lake.
Class Size: Open

Holy Hipscarves, it's only 8:15! Grab your coffee and wake up your tush with a daily dose of bellydance! Get your blood flowing, loosen those stiff joints, and join Amunet each morning for some fun...a few giggles...and learn how to embrace your curves and shake your beauty!

Shake Your Beauty PLAYshop!

Leader: Tami Morgan
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Friday, 12:00 - 1:30.
Program Length: 1 1/2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds.
Class Size: Space available

There's a whole lot of shimmy goin' on in this playshop. Sequins are gonna fly as Amunet teaches you fun, dramatic combinations that you will put together to create a short easy choreo! So, throw those inhibitions aside and let Amunet show you how to move in ways you never thought you could!

Bellydancers do not dance "like no one is watching". ...We dance like EVERYONE is watching and get out there to SHOW THEM HOW IT'S DONE!

Traditional Flute Playing

Leader: Jon Norris
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 9:30-10:30.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

Native American flute music as it was traditionally played is quite a bit different than the music we hear today. In this one hour workshop, we will listen to examples of some of the earliest recorded flute music, explore how songs are structured, and learn some basic techniques that will allow you to play in a similar style. 

Participants aren’t required to have a flute to attend, but there will be some opportunities to try out a few of the techniques discussed. Mid-range keys (A, G, F#) are preferred.

Title: Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together
Leader: Painted Raven  (Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris)
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30.
Program Length: 1 1/2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

Enjoy getting back to basics with Painted Raven (the Native American Flute and World Music due of Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris) through experiencing the rhythmic connection between drums and flutes.

We will begin by connecting with each other and the rhythm by learning basic cooperative drumming skills. We will then learn and practice rhythmic flute techniques. This will be followed by each individual have an opportunity to play flute along with the group providing supportive drumming.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own flutes and/or hand drums (djembes preferred). The class is tailored towards beginners, but anyone of any ability is welcome.

Playing the Anasazi Flute

Leader: Sydney Kokopelli Girl Phipps
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Friday, 10:00 - 12:00.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

This workshop will cover the basics of getting and keeping a tone on the Anasazi style flute and other end blown flutes. For beginners getting a tone will be the goal. For more advanced students, we will look at techniques to get your playing to the next level.

Please bring a flute with you if you have one. I will have a few available for loan.

Understanding Basic Rhythms

Leader: Nelson Rios
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 11:30 - 1:00.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

How to play any percussion hand drum using basic rhythms and patterms. I will show proper hand positioning. I will show proper technique of tuning hand drums,  Example Djembe, Doumbek, bongos, and conga. Understanding each percussion instrument tone's, Voices. What they should sound like when tune properly. Proper care of your drum skin, keeping them from cracking and drying out. My class will be interactive. No one walks away not learning something that they will be able to utilize. My goal is to show everyone how much fun they can enjoy playing drums.

Recording An Award-Winning Album

Leader: Steven Rushingwind
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 9:00 - 10:00.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

Submitting your music to an awards show? recording music just for fun? either way I will be discussing the pitfalls many artist have succumbed to when recording and submitting music. We will touch on how to market yourself, how to book gigs, and what to look for when choosing a recording engineer.

Native American Hand Drum Making

Leader: Shelly & Randy Stenzel
Fee: $195
Scheduled time: Friday, 1:30 - 5:30.
Program Length: 4 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

We will be making a 16 inch, deer hide, Native American style drum on a 12 sided Western Cedar frame.

Participants are asked to bring a stone or crystal to incorporate into the handle of their drum. All other materials are provided.

Personal Professional Instruction

Accelerate your flute playing by taking private lessons from one of several of our headlining recording artists. One-on-one or as a couple, take advantage of the opportunity to get personal guidance in a private lesson.

The following performers have agreed to offer private, personal instruction for a fee. Contact the individual artist to make arrangements for your personal lesson. These artists will be available throughout the weekend at the festival site, or contact them by e-mail to make arrangements prior to festival weekend.

Scott August:
Arvel Bird:
Randy Granger:
Jonny Lipford:
Steven Rushingwind:

2016 Workshop Registration Form

Fill out and submit the below form to register for individual workshops. If you are registering for a limited seating workshop, you will be notified as to whether you have a confirmed seat in that workshop or have been placed on the waiting list. Please submit a separate form for each person registering.

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Phone (cell preferred): *

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Select all workshops you wish to register for and actually plan to attend:

    Scott August: Reawakening the Pueblo Style Flute (Sat, 1:00-2:30)
    Scott August: Number TAB for the NAF (Sun, 10:00-11:30)
    Arvel Bird: On Animal Totems (Sat, 11:00-1:00)
    Joyce Bugaiski: How to Make a Dreamcatcher (Sat, 3:30-5:30)
    Will Davis: Walking With Wisdom - A Path to Understanding (Fri, 9:00-12:00)
    Clint Goss & Vera Shanov: Native Flute Playshop (Sat, 9:00-12:00)
    Randy Granger: Native American Storytelling with Flute and Drum (Fri, 9:00-10:00)
    Jonny Lipford: Open Forum on the Native American Flute (Sat, 2:30-3:30)
    Tami Morgan: OK Morning, Let's Do This (Fri/Sat/Sun, 8:15-9:00)
    Tami Morgan: Shake Your Beauty PLAYshop (Fri, 12:00-1:30)
    Jon Norris: Traditional Flute Playing (Sat, 9:30-10:30)
    Sydney Kokopelli Girl Phipps: Playing the Anasazi Flute (Fri, 10:00-12:00)
    Painted Raven: Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together (Sun, 1:00-2:00)
    Nelson Rios: Understanding Basic Rhythms (Sun, 1:30-1:00)
    Steven Rushingwind: Recording An Award-Winning Album (Sun, 9:00-10:00)
    Randy & Shelly Stenzel: Native Hand Drum Making (Fri, 1:30-5:30)

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