Public Speaking

Past Speaking Events

Over the last several years, I have been a keynote or guest speaker at major conventions and events throughout Washington state and the US, including:


Music Teachers National Association national conventions

2013, “Creating Artists From the Very First Lesson” and “Get Paid What You’re Worth”

2009, “Do Something Different”

2000, “Transform Your Teaching”


National Flute Association

2012, “Get Paid What You’re Worth”

World Harp Congress

July 18–24, 2011, Eleventh World Harp Congress (Vancouver, BC):
"The Business of Music" panel and book signing

Conference Web Site


MENC Northwest Division Conference

February 19th, 2011, 8:00–9:15 a.m. (Bellevue, Washington)
"Jump Start Your Teaching"


MENC Northwest Division Conference

February 18, 2011, 3:45–5:00 p.m. (Bellevue, Washington)
"Tips and Tricks For Teaching Flute"


Clark County Music Teachers Association

November 16, 2010, 10:00 a.m.–noon (Vancouver, Washington)
"Transform Your Teaching"

Web Site


Greenville Music Teachers Association Seminar

October 23, 2010, All-Day seminar, Bob Jones University (Greenville, South Carolina)
"Transform Your Teaching"
"Do Something Different"
"Jump Start Your Teaching"
"Making Money Making Music"

Web Site


Skagit Valley Chapter of WSMTA

September 14, 2010 (Location TBA)
“You Already Taught Me That??”



American Harp Society

July 5, 2010, National Convention (Tacoma, WA):
“Transform Your Teaching”

Conference Web Site


Music Teachers' Association of California

July 2, 2010, State Convention (Los Angeles, CA)
Keynote Speaker: “Music in the Real World”

Conference Web Site



Bonnie&KimuraWashington State Music Teachers Association

June 23, 2010, State Convention: “Music in the Real World”

Conference Web Site


Washington State Music Teachers Association

June 2007, State Convention: “Transform Your Teaching”

Washington State Music Teacher Association Chapters

November 2009, Okanogan County: All-Day Music For Life Workshop
November 2009, South King County
September 2009, Seattle: “Bonnie’s Bag of Tricks”
May 2009,Tri-Cities: All-Day Music For Life Workshop
April 2009, Edmonds
November 2008, Lynden: All-Day Music For Life Workshop
October 2008, Puyallup
January 2008, Eastside Music Teachers
October 2007, District I and II conference: “Get the Most From Your Lessons”


California Association of Professional Music Teachers

February 2009, “Transform Your Teaching”


Texas Music Educators Association

February 2010, Making Music and Having a Blast! Product showcase


National Flute Association conventions

2008, Making Music and Enriching Lives product showcase
2007, “Do Something Different”
2001, Pedagogy Panel


Seattle Flute Society

September 2008, Seattle Pacific University: “Do Something Different”
April 2004, Flutewise Event: “Conquer Your Fear Factor”


College Music Society

November 2009, with Donna Shin and Christina Medawar:
“Bridging the fake rolex for sales Gap Between Academia and Real Life”


Central Washington University

April 2010, invited by flute professor Hal Ott to speak to music department students:
“Jumpstart Your Teaching”



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In their own words…

I wish you could come and speak to ALL flute teachers on your hopes, dreams, laughs, and inspiring stories. You are a bright light that can't be are electric and eclectic!

—Cheryl A. Tomczuk,
El Paso, Texas

Bravo Bonnie!

"Transform Your Teaching," Bonnie Blanchard's inspiring program in April, was truly transforming! Both touching and hilarious anecdotes peppered her points, illustrating how to increase our effectiveness as teachers through relationship-based teaching, setting high standards and helping our students reach them, and inspiring respect and pride in our studio. New and seasoned teachers alike took many notes and left in the midst of energetic conversations, stimulated by her remarkable and motivating perspective. Thank you Bonnie, for reminding us that music teachers have one of the best jobs in the world!

        —Eastside MTNA

Bonnie's ideas are wonderful for keeping the music studio energized, organized and the students happy. They are great ideas I haven't heard anywhere else!

      —Diana Dallal,
The Dallal Music Studio

…What I've been left with is the wonderful joyfulness of all the people present. We learned so much in the morning session, and it was particularly special to see some teachers who ordinarily would sit back and not participate TOTALLY get into the spirit of the afternoon session.

Your interaction breaks were terrific for putting teachers at ease as well as mixing. The role reversal at the end of the session where the students got to be the teachers, and the teachers got to imitate the students, was the greatest idea to end with. You've got a great thing going here.

—Onnie Adams, President Tri-Cities MTNA

I enjoyed your talk at Eastside Music Teachers Association very much. You reinforced some of what I think I do well and gave me many new ideas to think about. I will learn a lot from your book and the rubber chicken will save my from the sound of my own voice saying as patiently as I can, "No, that scale is not correct!" The chicken simply cannot abide incorrect scales, but she will make my students laugh.

        —Marcia Soule