Frequently Asked Questions

Flute Studio

  1. Where is The Ohio State University?
    The Ohio State University is a public university located in Columbus, Ohio.
  2. How many students attend Ohio State?
    Approximately 50,000 students attend the Columbus campus.
  3. How many students are in the School of Music?
    There are approximately 300 undergraduate and 200 graduate students in the School of Music.
  4. How many flutists are in the studio?
    There are currently 25 students in the flute studio.
  5. How many instrumental ensembles does the School of Music have?
    There are four wind ensembles — Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Winds and University Band; and three orchestras — Symphony Orchestra, First Year Undergraduate String Orchestra, and the Ohio State University Community Orchestra.
  6. How can I arrange for a lesson with Professor Jones?
    Please contact Professor Jones.
  7. As a freshman, will I be studying with Professor Jones?
    Yes. Professor Jones gives a 55-minute lesson to each student every week. The Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) assists as needed.
  8. What will I do in studio aside from my lessons?
    The studio meets three times a week: Monday nights in Hughes Auditorium to play for each other and receive feedback; Tuesday and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. include a variety of activities including master classes, technique classes, general lectures and discussion and OSU Flute Troupe rehearsals.
  9. I have a question that is not on this list. Where can I find the answer?
    Please contact Professor Jones with any questions.
  10. What is a Buckeye?
    A GIFT. Every fall I look forward to the start of school. The fresh, excited faces, even the frightened and quiet faces. Our school is large, so it is especially important to recognize individuals. We musicians are fortunate that our field requires personal attention. I drive to school and park in a large garage. My walk to the music building takes me past a quite ugly tree, scrawny and is a buckeye tree (it is said that Native Americans observed that the nut resembled the eye of a buck deer), the state tree of Ohio and the tree from which the mascot of Ohio State is born. I observe this tree every day on campus. I watch the leaves emerge in the spring, then the flowers and then the hull which contains the nuts. Through the summer I observe how much rain there is and I watch to see how the hulls are maturing. Then comes fall. Crisp weather, migrating geese, and small green hulls turning brown. I watch expectantly. Soon the hulls get bigger, depending on how much rain we have had, and the first one falls to the ground. A buckeye! Sometimes the casing of the nuts come off, sometimes not. I stop to pick them up every time I pass by. Every one is different. Sometimes there is one per hull. These are the round buckeyes. Sometimes there are twins. These have thumb prints on one side. And, sometimes there are triplets which have two thumbprints. I love these buckeyes because, to me, they represent the uniqueness of each of us. Every year the size of the buckeyes is different. Each one has a unique shape, size and slightly different color. I collect them, and I keep them in my pocket. I give them to the staff in the music office. I watch for people that seem sad, and I ask them for their hand and then give them a buckeye. A smile always lights up their face. And, I give one to each of my students at the beginning of the year as a touchstone, a reminder of their uniqueness and their special qualities. I give them another on special occasions such as before an audition or recital. They keep them and seem to cherish them. They begin to collect them. Buckeyes are smooth and light as they dry. They feel good in the hands. Buckeyes remind us of accomplishment, friendship and love. — KBJ