Carol Hester

Carol Hester portrait
Professor of Music

Office: Jenson-Noble 170

Phone: 563-387-1200



Education: D.M.A., Flute Performance, Florida State University; M.M., Flute Performance, Florida State University; B.M., Flute and Piano Performance, Samford University

Carol Hester is Professor of Flute at Luther College where she teaches applied flute and flute methods. She holds the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in flute performance from the Florida State University and the Bachelor of Music degree in flute and piano performance from Samford University. Formerly the Principal Flutist of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in La Crosse, Wisconsin (2010-2021, 1992-2002), Hester is a member of the Luther College faculty wind ensemble, the Talus Trio, and has also performed with the Oneota Winds, the Trio/Quartet Inégal, and the Northeast Iowa Chamber Winds.

Hester is a licensed Andover Educator (2016) and as such is trained to teach the What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body course. Her ongoing interest in the physiological and neurophysiological basis of music pedagogy is reflected in her approach to teaching and performing. She is also author of the textbook, “Teaching the Flute—a Method of Instruction.”

MUS 130, 230, 330, 430 Applied Music- Flute
For music majors in varied years of study. Non-majors and music majors in their secondary areas may register for these courses with consent of instructor. Studio seminars may be required. Additional fees will be assessed for these courses.

MUS 240 Body Mapping for Musicians
This course will help musicians refine and correct their body maps (i.e. mental representation of the body’s size, structure, and function), increase inclusive awareness, and cultivate efficient movement based on the body’s design. An accurate body map promotes increased technical facility, enhances musical performance, and helps prevent injury.

MUS 273 Chamber Music
Instruction in the literature for small ensembles. Ensembles should be approved by an instructor before registration. Open to all students regardless of major. All ensemble members must be registered. This is a chargeable credit and will count toward the 36 credits for the year.

MUED 275 Flute Methods
Methods and materials of teaching these instruments to elementary and secondary students. Includes knowledge of and proficiency on these instruments, pedagogy, materials, assessment and grading for individual and small group studio lessons. Required for instrumental music licensure.


  • D.M.A., Flute Performance, Florida State University, 1990
    Secondary Area—Music Theory
  • M.M., Flute Performance, Florida State University, 1987
    Secondary Area—Piano
  • B.M., Flute and Piano Performance, Samford University, 1985