I believe that everyone can learn confidence, discipline, and the joy of self-expression through studying music. I offer both traditional and Suzuki flute lessons and it is my job and my joy as an educator to tailor my teaching style to meet the varying needs, goals, and interests of each individual student.
Beginner flute students may choose to take either Suzuki or traditional flute lessons. I use the Suzuki Flute Books with other supplementary songs and exercises. I take care to cultivate both a strong technical foundation and a love of musical discovery in my beginning flute students.
My advanced students study a broad selection of repertoire and are encouraged to participate in summer festivals, competitions and ensembles. In addition to studying solo pieces, my advanced students also receive guidance in preparing their parts for ensembles , auditions and exams.
Lessons for Adults
Adult students’ lessons are tailored to their individual interests and goals. Anyone is welcome whether dusting off their old flute, discovering the joys of flute playing for the first time, or seeking help with trickier technical challenges.
My piano students get a solid foundation in piano technique as well as basic music theory. I generally use Alfred’s Young Beginner series or Faber Piano Adventures depending on the needs of the individual student. Students also play additional supplemental music according to their interests.
Buying a Flute
I recommend the Yamaha and Gemeinhardt flute brands for beginner students. There are cheaper flutes out there but they tend to be a false economy due to flimsy construction and need frequent and expensive repairs. Buying used flutes online is also risky as they may not be in good condition. For those looking for a budget option SamAsh often has used Gemeinhardt or Yamaha flutes in good condition.
Children under 9 years old may need a curved head joint depending on the length of their arms.
More advanced students looking for an upgrade please contact me. I would be happy to recommend brands and models in line with your goals and price range.
Buying a Keyboard
It is important to get a keyboard with weighted keys to allow you to play expressively and develop good piano technique. Yamaha and Cassio make good quality keyboards.