We’ve all played THAT music business experience:
- The gig that pays way too little for the work
- The student who never pays attention in lessons
- The parent or school that doesn’t support you as a teacher
I’ve had all of those, and I was (and am) through with the BS.
How it all started.
I was tired of doing gigs and teaching private lessons. Both involve scheduling time for those things days or weeks in advance.
And teaching involves setting aside that time slot in perpetuity.
However, I started blogging as a freshman in college, not thinking it would go anywhere. Five years later, I got my first consistent freelance blogging gig and fell in love.
A few years after that, I got my first music blogging client. Now, I have a variety of clients in and out of the music industry.
I get to work when I want and where I want, as long as I don’t miss deadlines.
Plus, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I wasn’t laid off. I didn’t go from back to back gigs to no work; I just had a bit of a dip in work as companies assessed their marketing budgets.
How it’s going.
Since finishing my master’s in December 2020, I’ve managed to make a full-time income from blogging.
It’s still as tumultuous as any freelance gig. But it’s something I generally look forward to, and I have more control over than teaching or even performing.
That’s become even more important as I’ve started experiencing more frequent migraine attacks. In other words, I’ve had to take more time off.
So in addition to client work, I’m building up a network of blogs in various niches. One is already making a decent amount per month, and I know the others can get there and do even better.
Have more questions about me? Keep on reading.
Where did you go to school?
I received my BM in flute performance from Emporia State University (KS) in May 2017. In December of 2020, I graduated with my MM in flute performance from University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Where have you performed?
I have performed throughout the Midwest in venues such as Studebaker Theater, Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and Granada Theater.
Have you done any other cool music projects?
I participated in the inaugural Grassroots Music Festival in 2011, and I got to be on a recording in 2013. In 2019, I performed in a side-by-side concert with the Omaha Symphony.
Do you still play music?
Absolutely! I play flute, piccolo, and alto flute.
Is there anything else I should know?
My last name is Haefele, and it rhymes with “safely.” That’s about it. If you want to know more, feel free to contact me!
What about your professional bio?
Keep on reading!
Hannah Haefele is a flutist and blogger. She graduated from Emporia State University in May 2017. There, she performed with the ESU Wind Ensemble, ESU Flute Choir, and the Emporia Symphony Orchestra.
She was a soloist with the ESU Flute Choir in spring of 2017. Also that academic year, she helped form the flute quartet, the 9 and 3/quartet.
In spring 2019, Hannah started her masters at University of Nebraska at Omaha. She performed with the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, and Heartland Flute Choir as well as in a side-by-side concert with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.
During graduate school, Hannah’s passion for blogging increased. She had been blogging for years but put more work into it. In 2021, she expanded her blogging by launching Piccolo Perfection, a blog all about the piccolo.
Hannah has performed in masterclasses with Leone Buyse, Shannon Finney, Nancy Mulholland, Sergio Pallottelli, and members of the Whole Musician team.
Outside of school, Hannah has performed with the Lenexa Community Orchestra and the Kansas City Flute Choir.
Her past teachers include Gina Hart-Kemper, Catherine Bergman, and Christine Erlander Beard.
Hannah also participated in the mass premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Oxygen at the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention in Chicago in August 2022.
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