Flutocopia Flute School

Flutocopia is a one-day event that includes:

  • a Daytime Playshop focusing on the Native American flute playing, and
  • an Evening Concert.

Both events happen on February 18, 2023 in Central Florida.

The Daytime Playshop is facilitated by Clint Goss, Vera Shanov, and Peter Dubner (piano) and is hosted by Tommy and Gail Ransom of the Riverwind Flute Circle. Registration for the Daytime Playshop includes the Evening Concert.

We open the Evening Concert at 7PM with a wide array of eclectic world instruments and styles, blending jazz, blues, and world music in an improvised, multi-media performance. Clint, Peter, and Vera are joined by a number of special guests as well as a flute choir that includes the participants from the Daytime Playshop.

Daytime “Playshop”

The Playshop offers a full day of workshops, presentations, and music-making. Our motto is “Play Play Play” and participants will be playing most of the time. The main focus for the Flute School will be:

  • Playing with other flutes
  • Playing with other instruments
  • Song composition
  • Solo performing, and
  • Health & Healing

You can join us for both the Playshop and the Concert ($60), or only the Evening Concert ($10). Early registration offers a discount off the Playshop and Concert ($55 before Dec 31).

We meet 9:30AM – 5PM for the Daytime Playshop (with a mid-day lunch break). The Evening Concert beings at 7PM.

Please note that enrollment in the Daytime Playshop is limited to 40 participants, due to limitations on the size of our facilities.

  • Please bring an A minor flute (an “A flute”) if you have one. We do most of our group exercises with A minor flutes.
  • As an alternate, bring a E minor flute (an “E flute”) – which will work almost perfectly.
  • If you don't have an A minor or an E minor flute … don't worry! We have a gaggle of loaner A minor flutes (Northern Spirit ABS plastic flutes – sanitized, well-tuned, and easy to play) that you can borrow for the day.

Also, please bring any and all other instruments that you would like to play ... including your favorite flutes (in any keys), percussion instruments, and that oddball instrument you have in the attic that you interited from some distant relative that you could never figure out how to play ...


Group Trio at a flute workshop The Daytime Playshop provides a supportive, inclusive, non-critical approach based on four decades of experience in humanistic music education. We believe that experience and self-discovery form the best bonds with life-long music learning. We favor facilitated playing rather than traditional teaching styles and use a building-block approach that maximizes learning and music-making.

Participants with all levels of experience on Native flutes (from beginners to advanced) are welcome! The program is designed so that musical growth and learning happens at all levels.

Depending on the mix of participants, we may break out into smaller groups for short periods for specific exercises.

Our goal is for participants to come away with the ability to play with confidence, get out of a music “rut”, and obtain an understanding of rhythms, tones, and improvisation.

Native Flute Handbook

We encourage all participants to sign up for a copy of the Native Flute Handbook, a 542-page PDF e-book of articles on flute playing, flute circle facilitation and sheet music.

The book is available for free at www.NativeFluteHandbook.com.


Our setting for Flutocopia (both the Daytime Playshop and Evening Concert) is Central Florida:

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Fax: 321-821-9010
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Google Maps view of the Location

Staff and Performers

Clint Goss Clint Goss, Ph.D.

Clint Goss, Ph.D. is a trained music facilitator and performer on world flutes and an array of ethnic fusion world instruments. Clint and his wife, Vera, have facilitated energetic and inspirational Native Flute workshops since 2003. They bring out the musical potential in all participants, focusing on techniques that make music expression accessible to players with all levels of musical experience.

Clint and Vera have facilitated over 110 multi-day Native Flute schools in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and New Zealand as well as general music workshops at The Omega Institute and Stony Point. Yearly music workshops currently include Flute Haven, Flute Harvest, Native Rhythms, and Zion Canyon. Clint also presents on topics such as Flutes and Human Development, Flutes: Health and Healing, Flute Playing Physiology, and the Origins of Music.

Clint has recorded and produced over 30 CDs since 2006 on his Manifest Spirit label, with a heavy emphasis on music enrichment and education. These have included SpiritGrass, the Jam Tracks series for flute players, The Darling Conversations by Grammy®-winning artist David Darling and Julie Weber, The Listening Book and The Musical Life with William A. Mathieu, Alba with Eugene Carr, Mystic Song with Lynn Miller, From War to Peace with Ani Kalayjian, and Flute Haven Journeys with the participants of Flute Haven 2012.

Flutopedia Over the last decade, Clint has developed Flutopedia.com, an expansive resource for flute players, flute makers, and researchers of the Native American flute. He has also published original research in psychophysiology, respiratory physiology, and ergonomics related to music and the Native American flute.

Clint holds a certificate in music facilitation from the Music for People organization, a Ph.D. in computer science from Courant Institute, New York University, and FAA flight instructor and commercial pilot certificates.


Vera ShanovVera Shanov

In a room full of flute players, Vera provides counterpoint — percussion and rhythm to accompany melodic flute, performance art such as poetry, or the use of visulization and emotion in creating deep music. She makes everyone in the workshop feel comfortable with themselves and their music. Coming from a marketing background, she brings a perspective of “knowing your audience” and encourages flute players to expand their musical repertoire of styles so that they can serve a wider audience.

Vera is the registrar and the guiding force in organizing the Native Rhythms Flute School. She greets all registrants with a hug and a kiss and makes them feel immediately welcome. Vera provides all the information for workshops in terms of schedules and workshop descriptions. If there are any issues during a session, Vera is the “go to” person who will get the matter resolved.

Clint Goss Peter Dubner

Peter Dubner, a self taught musician, enjoys and plays a wide variety of music from blues, jazz and rock, to classical, country and world music. Some of his favorite musicians and influences include Mose Allison, Joe Sample, Thelonius Monk, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana and Beethoven.

About twenty years ago, after a much too long hiatus, Peter re-discovered his early love of piano and began jamming, composing, and recording in his home studio. He had contributed many beloved backing tracks to the Native Flute Tracks series and is currently playing, writing and recording a collection of his original compositions.

Professionally, Peter's background is in finance, strategic marketing and executive coaching. He lives in Easton, CT with his wife and daughter.

Karen Rugg at a flute workshop


Karen Rugg at a flute workshop Here is a brief outline of intended topics for the Daytime Playshop. Of course, since these flute workshops tend to flow based on the needs and interests of the group, this outline is likely to change in-the-moment:


  • One Breath Solos
  • Playing over Rhythm
  • Song Composition
  • The Bugle Scale, Taps, Amazing Grace
  • Solo Performance Techniques
  • Duets
  • Playing Nine Emotions
  • Ensembles


  • One Breath Duets
  • Duet Performance techniques
  • Safety and Ergonomics
  • Alternate Scales
  • Playing Over Changes
  • Powerful Solos
  • Traditional Playing Styles
  • Flute Choirs
  • Ensembles


Click here to register for Flutocopia (Daytime Playshop and/or Evening Concert). Please note that enrollment is limited to 40 participants, due to limitations on the size of our facilities. If you have questions or issues about the registration process, please contact Vera Shanov.

Please see the registration form for details on the payment options.

While we greatly prefer (and appreciate) participants registering in advance, we won't turn anyone away who needs to register at the event (but an additional surcharge will apply).

Cancellation Policies

Prior to January 15, 2023: all fees will be refunded for any reason, minus a $25 handling fee.

For more Native American flute-related information, visit: FluteCast.com


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