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We are a mission-driven company.

We believe authors should be paid fairly for their work.
We believe we are better together.
We believe in supporting the wider music community.

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Visionary Board

Our visionary board is comprised of a group of forward-thinking music educators, authors, researchers, and practitioners. We meet quarterly to discuss future projects and ensure that our action is aligned with our mission. All of our visionary board members are dedicated to equity and access in music education.

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Mission Statement

At F-flat Books, we aim to provide an equitable space in music publishing both for the content creators and consumers. We are people-driven, valuing authors and the communities they serve. We are forward-thinking, actively curating and creating resources that center diverse communities, innovative practices, and equitable curricula. We are committed to providing fair pay and giving back to non-profits in music education.

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Our Team

Dr. Sarah Gulish

Co-Founder, CEO

Sarah Gulish has spent her career empowering people to connect with their creativity and community. Her experience includes fifteen years of public school teaching, work as a researcher/published author, recording, and touring rock musician. She is passionate about music teaching and learning and finding ways to challenge norms in music education to create more equitable and inclusive spaces. When she’s not working on F-flat, you can find her jamming with her drummer husband, or hanging with her three kids.

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David Allen

Co-Founder, COO

David is the strategic brain behind F-flat Books. He has a background in mathematics, working in academia for several years. As a business strategist, he consults companies on bringing cloud services to market. David is also an art photographer and lives in the South of France with his wife and three young kids.

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Rosie WilsonRosie Wilson

Executive Assistant

Rosie is a music educator from Scranton, Pennsylvania. She has a deep appreciation for all things Scranton and music by female artists. At F-flat Books, Rosie manages releases, payroll, and customer support. David and Sarah would be lost without her!

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Musicast is the official podcast of F-flat Books

marissaMarissa Guarriello

Musicast Co-Host

Marissa is currently the orchestra director at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, PA. She holds degrees from Penn State University (BME) and The Eastman School of Music (MA) in Music Education. She will begin her PhD work at Indiana University in the Fall of 2021. In addition to her public school teaching, she is also a violinist in various orchestras in the Lehigh Valley and runs a private violin and viola studio out of her home in Bethlehem, PA. Her previous positions include directing ensembles for grades 3 through 12 in Conroe ISD in The Woodlands, Texas as well as Palisades School District in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania.

kevinKevin Feher

Musicast Co-Host

Kevin has received an undergraduate degree for music education from Duquesne University and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with a concentration on Curriculum and Instructional Design from Gwynedd Mercy University. He has been teaching for the past ten years in several public and private schools in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania area. Through those years, he has had experience teaching elementary through high school, and a variety of musical disciplines including general music, strings, and band instruction. For six years, he has been an employee of the Pennridge School District and is currently the Director of Bands at the high school, where he has served for the past five years.

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We partner with Music Service Learning
to mentor future music educators and provide internship experiences.

Music Service Learning is a non-profit organization that values collegiate students and what they offer the music education community. Through collaborative projects, music education majors help solve problems, increase access and inclusion, and advance the field of music education. Their flexible and supportive mutually-beneficial process responds to the ever-evolving needs, cares, and concerns of all community stakeholders.

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Past & Present MSL Interns

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Our Story

In the fall of 2018, Sarah had an idea. She was working on writing a book (a beginner guitar curriculum) and was trying to find a publisher that would be a good fit. But, Sarah became frustrated with the academic publishing model (where publishers get the majority of profits) and was equally frustrated with the lack of electronic materials for music educators. Then, after speaking at a conference and receiving multiple requests for her materials electronically, she had an idea. What if she could self-publish her work as an eBook and create a community for other authors to do the same?

When Sarah shared her idea with her brother David, he said, “I can build that. And, more importantly, we probably should build that.” So, after getting some others on board (and channeling their inner music nerds for a catchy title), F-flat books was born in the summer of 2019. Now, it is an electronic publisher that provides professional development experiences and support to current music educators and content development strategies for authors and creatives. Through weekly community emails and regular events, F-flat has cultivated and beautiful and rich community of educators all over the globe.  

We have developed this site to serve as a space to benefit teachers, thinkers, performers, writers, researchers, and students. Are you an author and interested in publishing with F-flat books? We’d love to hear from you! Email [email protected]

Posts about F-flat

These blog posts will tell you more about what makes F-flat tick.

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Get to Know Our Visionary Board

Darlene MachaconDarlene Machacon

Darlene Machacon is an elementary general music teacher, chorus director and private piano instructor in Orange County, California. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance from Biola University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from VanderCook College of Music. In addition to teaching, Darlene is an active presenter, social media content creator, and author, whose work focuses on challenging the status quo of music education. In her free time, she enjoys trying new cuisine with her husband. Her work can be found on www.darlenemachacon.com and on Instagram/TikTok @thedarlingmusicteacher.

Victoria Headshot - Victoria BolerVictoria Boler

Victoria Boler is a leading elementary general music educator and curriculum designer. In addition to general music, Victoria has taught orchestra, choir, and percussion ensembles. In an administrative role, Victoria has served as Fine Arts Coordinator, leading band, orchestra, choir, general music, and musical theater at the programmatic level. Victoria’s primary instruments are voice and percussion, and she has earned undergraduate degrees in both instrumental and vocal music education. With Orff certification in all 3 levels, Victoria is currently completing her Masters of Music in Music Education and her Kodaly training. She publishes general music curriculum and instructional materials at victoriaboler.com, where she serves thousands of educators in their journey to create grounded and artistic music curriculum for their unique teaching scenarios.

Nate HolderNate Holder

Nate Holder is a musician, author, speaker and music education consultant based in London. He has performed across Europe, UAE, Indonesia, and the US, and played or recorded with artists such as KOKOROKO, Ghetts and Emeli Sandé. He is an advocate for decolonizing music education and has been speaking, writing and consulting on the subject internationally for the past few years. Nate is passionate about pedagogy and underrepresentation, and is currently serving as Professor and International Chair of Music Education at the Royal Northern College of Music. As the founder of The Why Books, he has written three books including, ‘Why Is My Piano Black and White’ (2020) and ‘Where Are All The Black Female Composers’ (2020).

franklinFranklin Willis

Franklin Willis, music educator and instructional coach with Metro Nashville Public Schools equips teachers with instructional support and necessary resources to strengthen their professional acumen and enhance their classrooms. Through his work, he has developed a passion in the cultivation of musicianship for young minds as every child has musical potential and deserves a music teacher who will see the best in them. Willis believes that music education is a vital tool to teach students about other cultures, create community, and inspire a love for learning. Willis has created and facilitated professional development sessions for music teachers of all grade levels sharing his unique and relevant teaching practices. Through his work Willis has received national recognition for his commitment to student learning, his passion for the profession and his innovative teaching practices. He is a three-time recipient of the CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence Award. (’16, ’18, ’19)

Danielle LarrickDanielle Larrick

Danielle E. Larrick is a musician-educator in her 12th year of teaching who believes in the value of middle school music as a means of identity, expression, and connection. She focuses on designing practical, innovative, and engaging music curricula for middle school students. Danielle received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with a concentration in Voice, from Temple University. She currently teaches at Gerald Huesken Middle School, where she directs the 7th and 8th grade choirs and teaches general music. In 2016, she earned a Master of Music in Music Education from The University of the Arts. She creates content and provides support for educators on her platform @musicalmiddles.

Alice TsuiAlice Tsui

Alice Tsui (pronounced TSOY) is an Asian American/Chinese American pianist, Grammy-nominated music educator, scholar, activist, dog mom, and lifelong Brooklyn, New Yorker! Alice is the Founding Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator at PS 532 New Bridges Elementary, an arts-integrated public elementary school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and is on the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Summer program. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Education and is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in music education at Boston University. As a product of the NYC public school system, Alice is passionate about decolonizing, ABAR (anti-bias, anti-racist), abolitionist public music education, and empowering the individual and collective voices of youth through music as expression.

Michelle RoseMichelle Rose

Michelle Rose teaches middle & high school music at North Carolina Virtual Academy. She also directs the after-school virtual band and choir. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Performance (flute) from Elon University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Education from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a teacher-author and blogger at themusicalrose.com. Michelle has been a presenter at several conferences and has been a guest speaker for pre-service music teachers at colleges across the country. In her free time, she enjoys baking, sewing, and going on walks with her dog Tovy (short for Beethoven).

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