Ronda M. Mains

Ronda M. Mains

Professor, Flute

Department Chair

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5765

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Ronda Mains is professor of flute/music education and chair of the Department of Music. She is principal flutist of the North Arkansas Symphony and performer with the Lyrique Quintette, Cholthichanta/Mains Duo and Zephyr Trio. Dr. Mains has appeared as a soloist with the North Arkansas Symphony, University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, Oregon Winds, Boise Summer Symphony, the Treasure Valley Wind Ensemble, and the Boise State University Symphony and Wind Ensemble. She has performed solo and chamber music nationally and abroad; in 1998, she performed at the National Flute Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. An advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Mains has been actively involved in commissioning and recording new works with her chamber groups. She can be heard with Novaria on a CD featuring new music for flute and guitar and with the Lyrique Quintette on a CD entitled Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. As a member of the quintet, she has been involved in editing transcriptions for quintets. Dr. Mains is the author of several articles.

In 2001 she was a recipient of the Arkansas Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching; in 2000 her teaching was recognized by a Fulbright College Master Teacher Award. She has been a member of the University Teaching Academy since 2002.

In 1997-1998 Dr. Mains spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College at Cambridge University, England where she pursued a research interest in performance practices of the Baroque era and studied modern flute in London. She is currently pursuing an interest in the performance techniques of ethnic flutes. Other research interests include learning theory and memory.

Music education
Flute performance practice
Ethnic flutes
Assisted therapies, including music, equine, and art

Applied flute instruction
Chamber music

B.A., Boise State University
M.A., Boise State University
D.M.A., University of Oregon

  • Mains, Ronda. "Memorizing Music." Segue, February 2014, 28.
  • Mains, Ronda. "Enhancing the Traditional Model, Region Nine: A New Look at Applied Music Instruction." Proceedings. The 87th Annual Meeting, 2011. National Association of Schools of Music. 2012
  • ?Mains, Ronda. "The Creation of a Subculture; The Decline of the Arts in a Society Dominated by Technology, Science and Economics." Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table Winter 2007 (2007). Accessed December 18, 2015.
  • ?Mains, Ronda. New Approaches to Studio Teaching, Segue. Fall 1997, 4-5.
  • Mains, Ronda. "Slurs in Four Primary Sources of Bach's B Minor Sonata." The Flutist Quarterly 22, no. 2, 60-65.
  • Mains, Ronda. “Learning to Memorize.” The Double Reed Chronicle. 1, no. 3, Spring 1992, 4.
  • Mains, Ronda. “To Practice or What to Practice, part 1.” Arkansas Flute Newsletter. 1, no. 2. May/June 1990, 2.
  • Mains, Ronda. “To Practice or What to Practice, part 2” Arkansas Flute Newsletter. 1, no. 3. August/September 1990, 2.


  • Delaplain, Theresa, Ronda Mains, and Robert Mueller. 2012. “Meditation, Seignor Ouvre La Porte, Gentle Baby Jesus, and Variations on Daquin’s Noel by Robert Mueller.” From the Album Sacred Seasons. Fayetteville, AR , SOAR. CD.
  • Lyrique Quintette. 2004. “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.” Fayetteville, AR. Nuance 1524. CD.
  • Mains, Ronda, James Greeson and Stephen Gates (flute, guitar, and ‘cello). 1996. “Novaria.” Fayetteville, AR Nuance 1115. CD.

Department of Music Chair (2008-present)
Promoted to Professor (2001)
Department of Music Associate Chair (1998-2008)
Graduate Coordinator (1998-2008)
Visiting Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, England (1997-1998)
Promoted to Associate Professor (1995)
Music Education Coordinator (1990-2001)


2013 Featured in the Profile Section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette
2013 Elected to National Association of Schools of Music Committee on Ethics
2006 Featured in University of Arkansas Research Frontiers, “Novaria: Nova Aria: New Song.” By Barbara Jaquish, October 15
2011 Elected to Secretary of Region Nine National Association of Schools of Music
2004 Honorary Initiation into the National Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma
2002 Elected to University of Arkansas Teaching Academy
2001 Alumni Association University Award for Excellence in Teaching
2000 Fulbright College Master Teacher Award
1999 Music Teacher’s National Association Recognition of Teacher of High School Woodwind Winner
1999 National Flute Association Recognition of Teacher of National High School Winner
1999 Earned the Music Teachers National Association National Collegiate Teaching Certification
1997 Selected as Fulbright College Visiting Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, England
1997 Music Teacher’s National Association Recognition of Teacher of National Finalist in Collegiate