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Popular Online Flute Teachers

Roberta M.

Brooklyn, NY
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Bonnie M.

Beaverton, OR
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Christopher J.

San Jose, CA
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Roberta M. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Flutist, Roberta M., is equally at home playing classical and new music. I Care If You Listen has extolled her “lush, full tones… even among the best professionals, not many flute players sound so compelling in a lower register.” Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Roberta is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet of unusual instrumentation dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. To date, the group has commissioned over fifty pieces.

Roberta holds a Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music from SUNY-Purchase College, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O’Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Roberta resides in Brooklyn, New York where she teaches privately and is on faculty at Great Neck Music Conservatory.

Roberta has performed with groups including Duo RoMi (with pianist Mirna Lekic), the Portland String Quartet, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bargemusic (with tenor Robert White), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a guest artist, she has appeared at Bloomsburg University and the University of Southern Maine. She has recorded on New Dynamic Records, Meta, Bridge, and Innova Records.

Roberta has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. Roberta recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Other awards include: Purchase College’s Baroque Concerto Competition, Bay Chamber Summer Music Woodwind Prize, Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Music Scholarship, and the Emily K. Rand Award.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my studio, I believe that my role is to steer students toward a deeper understanding of themselves, their instrument, and their relationship to music. I tailor my teaching to the needs of my individual students, who currently range from age 4 to adult, often adding improvisation and extended techniques to increase my students’ awareness of the potential of the flute as a channel for one’s creativity.

With over a decade of teaching and a doctorate in flute performance, I have extensive experience teaching flute lessons and recorder lessons to students from beginners to advanced. I teach at my studio in Brooklyn or can come to your home in New York City. I have previously taught in Colorado, Westchester, NY, and throughout New York City. I've been on faculty at The Harmony Program and the Denver Public School’s Saturday Music Program, where I taught beginning flute classes to public school children. I have given masterclasses at the University of Southern Maine and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School, and have taught music classes at Purchase College and Hostos Community College.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a studio with music stands, flutes, recorders, an upright piano, and place for parents to wait. Street parking is available, and I'm less than a block from the subway.

Students are expected to bring their instrument, music, and a notebook.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my flute. Students need to have a music stand, music, a notebook, and a working instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I am well-versed in all areas of classical music, especially new music. My primary instrument is flute, but I also enjoy teaching beginner piano, recorder, and music theory.

Bonnie M. Beaverton, OR

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Bonnie develops your ear by engaging your critical listening skills each time you play through a song. She engages your body by providing specific exercises to assist in making the best sound possible. Her lessons inspire you to prepare throughout the week and soar to a new level of knowledge during lessons. No matter your other goals for music lessons, her goal is to enable you to sing your soul through the medium of fingers flying over keys or voice lifted in melody.

Lessons begin with a warm-up and technical exercises (don't worry, they're fun!) and a review of the previous week's assignments and practice results or struggles. Then comes the exciting part: rehearsing the musical selections we've chosen for you to work on! Voice students are expected to rehearse 2-3 pieces of music in a minimum of 2 languages (English and one additional) while Piano and Flute students will work through method books and then branch out into their repertoire. As instrumental works are typically longer, these students usually study one piece of music at a time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio includes basic recording equipment and is equipped with a piano, music stand, and a variety of music books. Parking is free and available on the street or in the driveway. Bonnie's home studio also has a cat in the home, so please alert her if you are allergic or need special accommodations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Voice and piano students must provide a piano or keyboard. Voice and flute students should provide a music stand. Students' homes must have a quiet area for the lesson with hard-backed chairs and minimize distractions (TV sound, pets, siblings, etc). All students are expected to purchase 1-3 books of music, depending on their instrument of study, and one sheet music binder. All students are to bring a pencil with working eraser and a water bottle to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Beginners are my forte! Whether you are looking for a teacher for your child or yourself, my lessons break down the complex art of music into easily-comprehended segments. At the end of each lesson, you will know what to focus on during practice sessions, leading to a successful week of study. Questions encouraged during lessons, and if a question comes up during practice I can be reached by email, too!

Regular lessons held during the school year cover basic information such as pitch, rhythm, breathing, confidence building, and composition. For some other ideas, check out the books I use:
For piano, I highly recommend the Alfred's Basic library. With its combination of theory, aural skills, and technical exercises it has broad applications to all student ages and abilities. For young students, Alfred's Basic offers fun examples and alliterations which appeal to and capture the attention of children. Adults will find Alfred's All-In-One moves at a pace appropriate for higher-level thinkers while getting those fingers coordinated at the same time.
The primary focus for voice students is learning how to utilize the breath and train the ear to produce beautiful, balanced tone. A variety of books (many in the Schirmer or Hal Leonard series) are used to provide musical selections which challenge the student in rhythm, phrase, breath, and pronunciation. I require all voice students to sing in English and one other language, while experienced students will study and perform in many languages. Voice students are highly recommended to take piano lessons as well or to have a previous piano background in order to accompany themselves in practice and develop further theory skills.

Christopher J. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Gaming, Guitar, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Test Prep, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Video Production, Viola, Violin, Web Design

About Me

Hello, my name is Chris. I am currently a Jazz Studies major at San Jose State University. I began my musical journey at Dartmouth Middle School. I played saxophone, and was only mildly interested in music. I stayed in music in high school, but remained only mildly interested until my Sophomore year. I discovered the trumpet and began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and became obsessed with jazz and mastering the trumpet. In just 2 short years, I had studied enough trumpet to travel South America with the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. After my South American tour, I decided to teach privately and share my talents with the world. I won a scholarship to San Jose State for music excellence in 2009, and joined the Spartan Marching Band. While in this prestigious organization I performed in Olympic Stadiums, Disneyland, and all over San Jose. I am currently working toward a Bachelor of Music with a dual emphasis in Music Education and Jazz Studies from San Jose State. I work for TakeLessons.com, and Manzana Music.

In addition to in person lessons, I teach online. Online lessons use Skype, which provides students with a convenient opportunity to get high quality music lessons. I have personally received lessons online from the highest level of professionals. I recommend online lessons to anyone who is not able to attend in person lessons, or prefers the convenience of online lessons.

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My students can expect me to be on time and prepared for every lesson every week. I will have a large selection of music and material for us to learn from every week. All our lessons will be prepared ahead of time. For every hour I spend with you, I spend two at home preparing. I will design lessons based on your weaknesses and what you want from the lessons. We will improve all your skills as a musician, and will have a well balanced lesson plan every week. In addition, I will be glad to upload videos or MP3's and e-mail them to you if you need some extra instruction while studying at home.

I expect that the student have the materials I assign him or her for that week. I expect the student to look at the material and practice it. I do not expect the student to learn it completely or master it in one week, but I do hope for progress. Come prepared with a pencil and something to hold all your music (like a folder or notebook).

Soon after lessons begin, sign of improvement will be clear. My students take very well to my instruction, and show sign of improvement in their bands. All of my students are currently placed in advanced bands.

I can teach Trumpet, Songwriting and Music Theory at professional levels. I teach Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Bass (upright and electric), Violin and Viola for beginners.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a private room, several music stands, piano, computer, pencils, paper.

*** Travel Equipment ***
1 trumpet to rent, books, electric pianos, pencils, paper, customized music.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the Jazz genre. I am professionally trained in Classical music as well. I can teach both genres for Guitar, Viola, Violin, Bass, Piano, Trumpet, Saxophone, Music Theory, and Songwriting.

Heidi S.

Fort Worth, TX
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David B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Suzanne G.

Chicago, IL
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Heidi S. Fort Worth, TX

Subjects Taught

Flute, Piano

About Me

Heidi teaches flute and music appreciation classes at Tarrant County Community College and flute and piano lessons online to students across the world, including Africa and Egypt. She's been teaching music lessons and flute choir since 1980. She is a valued teacher for TakeLessons and is on their Advisory Panel. She has taught flute at New Mexico State University, the University of North Texas, and Baylor University. She was Advertising Editor for the National Flute Association's "Flutist Quarterly" and founded the Albuquerque Flute Association. She completed all but her dissertation at the University of North Texas for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in flute performance. She arranges music for her students and for flute choir. She owns five auxiliary flutes-two alto flutes, an Eb flute, a piccolo, a bass flute and plays on a handmade Brannen-Cooper flute. She writes a blog for her website, has articles published in "Flute Talk" and "Emerson Flute Forum." Whatever her students want to learn, Heidi knows about it and is delighted to share her knowledge with them.

David B. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance

About Me

Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, I am a former principal flutist of the National Symphonia of Trinidad & Tobago and the critically-acclaimed jazz fusion group Elan Parle, performing at several jazz festivals throughout the Caribbean. After graduating from the M.A. jazz program of Queens College, I've performed in a number of jazz, world music and musical theater groups, most notably being with Ron Reid's 'Sunsteel' at the Kennedy Center, percussionist/composer Antonio De Vivo as well as with the quartet that performs my original music.

I use traditional flute pedagogy to ensure my students have a solid foundation but also bring my non classical experience to make the lessons engaging and fun.

*** Lesson Details ***
I address all aspects of fundamental flute technique through the use on canonical studies (Moyse, Taffanel/ Gaubert) and etudes. The emphasis on making the lessons engaging and comprehensive for students of all levels to encourage progress. I especially love working with saxophone doublers as well those interested in jazz flute and Latin/Brazilian flute.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A music stand, tuner,metronome, a library of various flute methods and a computer for printouts and audio/visual examples.

*** Travel Equipment ***
A music stand, tuner and metronome. The student should have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Flute: Jazz flute, piccolo/alto flute doubling

Clarinet: Wind ensemble, bass clarinet doubling

Suzanne G. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

Need a teacher who caters to your learning style? That's my specialty!

Since I hold numerous freelance jobs, I have worked under a number of odd circumstances playing a variety of styles (and even instruments!).

I have earned both a Bachelor's and Master's of Music in flute performance--both from DePaul University, and have studied and performed with many well-respected orchestral and freelance performers.

My resume and references are available upon request.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize solid tone and technique as a foundation for playing, but always encourage musicality and finding your own voice within a piece. You'll often find me asking you "how did you feel about that performance?" in lessons, so you can begin to identify and troubleshoot your own habits for optimum improvement!

We will also cover a little bit of music theory, history (mostly flute history, but also composers and basic genres), listening, science, math--all of the varying aspects of music that we sometimes overlook.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a music stand, a CD player (for listening) and a basic keyboard (for visual music theory).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always keep a bag or two of repertoire (for technique and sight-reading!), quick-fixes, and tricks for easy learning! It makes for a long haul, but I'm always prepared!

*** Specialties ***
Since I'm a bit of a woodwind doubler, I love taking doublers who need to brush up on flute! I'm currently studying clarinet, though I have additionally played saxophone in small productions for the past 7 years. This helps me particularly with "doubler" habits and the specifics of the necessary embouchure changes.

About Flute

The flute is one of the most popular instruments for students learning music, and for good reason. It’s fairly easy to learn, is one of the most affordable instruments to purchase or rent, and it can be used in playing all styles of music. Flute is prevalent in orchestra arrangements and jazz ensembles, and there is a large selection of solo pieces for flute.

If you’re a beginner, private flute lessons help you develop your skill and technique faster. Playing the flute requires understanding your embouchure, which is the position of your mouth, and how it affects your tone. For flute, your embouchure even affects the octave of the music you’re playing. A flute teacher can help correct issues before they become bad habits.

Because the flute is so popular, most school bands ...

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