What is my mission?

As a flute teacher, my mission is to share the love of music with each child I come in contact with; to foster in them a love of music, to solidify habits and principles that will serve them well throughout their lives, even after band class is over. My goal is to make each child eventually self-sufficient, able to problem solve, practice and perform without the tutiledge of a teacher.  I want all my students to love music, love playing their flutes and embody  the character traits of integrity, hard work, diligence, honesty and kindness.

As a musician, my goal is to share MY love of music with my audience, taking them out of their present circumstances and into a much more pleasant place through the power of music,

What do I teach?

Besides the basic fundamentals of quality tone production, efficient and accurate technique and time management, I also teach the skills of phrasing, body awareness, mindfullness and courtesy. 




Angela McCuiston is a NASM-CPT, CES, SFS and owner of Music Strong, a business that specializes in personal training for musicians. Winner of the 2007 NFA Piccolo Masterclass, Angela received her Master of Music in Flute Performance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Tennessee Technological University. An avid performer, Angela is Assistant Principal/Piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast of Destin, a member of the 129th Army Band in Nashville, TN.  In addition to her solo perfrormances, she has performed with such celebrities as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Pink Martini, Katherine Jolley, Nancy Griffith and Caroline Goulding.

A Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Angela holds specializations in Corrective Exercise, Cancer Exercise and Senior Fitness.  She has taken couruses in Alexander Technique, Barbara Conable’s “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” Body Mapping Class and Eva Amsler’s classes in Dynamic Integration.

As a trainer, Angela actively trains at several locations including downtown Nashville at Next Level Fitness, in Brentwood at Personal Best Fitness and in her home in Antioch.  Want to know more about fitness training for musicians? Check out her website at www.MusicStrong.com

Residing in Nashville, TN, Angela travels actively to give her workshops and presentations, most notably presenting recently at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, NV and Charlotte, NC. Among her recent workshops, she has travelled to present at Tennessee Technological University, Florida State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Nichols University. She has also presented at the state and national level most notably presenting at the National Flute Association Conventions in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, NV and Charlotte, NC and several times at the Florida Flute Association Convention where her presentations were well attended.



2007    M.M. Flute Performance, Florida State University (GPA 3.83 on 4.0 scale)
2005    Appalachian State University – beginning Master of Music work 2004
2003    B.M. Music Performance, Tennessee Technological University, May 2003 (GPA 3.81 on 4.0 scale)



Columbus Symphony Orchestra      Utility flute/piccolo: 2007-present
Sinfonia Gulf Coast                             Assistant Principal /piccolo: 2007-present
129th Army Band                                Section Leader, MPT Leader, SGT and flute/piccolo soloist
Nashville Flute Choir                           Member 2012-present
Stephen F. Austin University               Guest Artist Recital Fall 2013
Panama City Pops Orchestra            Principal/piccolo: 2007 – 2012
Panama City Pops Orchestra            Solo Performances: May 2012, March 2010
Tennessee Technological University    Guest Artist Recital with Organist Dr. John Wells, April 2012
129th Army National Guard Band        Soloist and piccolo soloist: 2003-present




Winner/Alternate – National Flute Association Piccolo Masterclass, 2007

Winner – Florida Flute Association Masterclass, 2007

Finalist – Appalachian State University Concerto Competition, 2005


National Flute Association

Florida Flute Association

Mu Phi Epsilon (former treasurer, Beta Theta chapter)

Phi Kappa Phi


Florida State University

Principal flute of University Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute and Piccolo Opera Orchestra, Graduate Chamber Winds, Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Baroque flute and recorder, Irish Music Ensemble.

Tennessee Technological University

Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo: Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, University Orchestra

Walfrid Kujala, Stephen Preston, Alberto Almarza, Elizabeth Buck, Leone Buyse, Ali Ryerson, Sarah Beth Hanson, Deborah Harris, NFA Career and Artistic Development Mentorship (Charlotte, 2011)


Middle Tennessee Flute Day, organizer, presenter, November 2012

Gulf Coast State College, Adjunct Faculty, 2010 -  2012

National Flute Association Convention, Presenter, Las Vegas, NV, 2012; Charlotte, NC, 2011

Florida Flute Association Convention, Presenter, 2010, 2011, 2012

Florida State University Teaching Assistantship, 2005-2007

Appalachian State University – Teaching Assistant, flute choir conductor, 2004-2005


Stephen F. Austin University, Nagadoches, TX - Fall 2013

University of Tennessee Chattanooga – Spring 2013

Middle Tennessee University – September 2012

Nicholls University – March 2010

Florida State University -  January 2010


Innovative Ideas in Performance and Pedagogy(.wordpress.com) – Guest Blog Author

Flute Focus (.com) – Regular Author

Florida Flute Association Newsletter – Regular Author

National Flute Association – Performance Heath Care Committee Contributor and Consultant

Music Strong.com – Self Published Blog

 Where else can you find me?



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