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I’ve learned much from my students in the more than 35 years that I’ve been teaching flute. My Bachelors in flute performance and music education and my Master’s in flute performance have given me the expertise I need to teach, but my students have provided the practical experiences necessary for me to be successful. Every student has something in particular that motivates them to learn an instrument and it is up to the teacher to build on that motivation. I use a variety of materials individually suited to each person, young or old, amateur or professional. I have performance experiences as a soloist, in a small symphony orchestra and in various small ensembles. My students have found careers as teachers, music therapists, and performers. Many of the students who haven’t chosen music as a vocation have continued to play their flutes even after their lessons have finished and have then encouraged their children to learn an instrument.
For more complete information on my past musical endeavors, take a look at the resume that follows.
Linda W., flutist
University of Minnesota 1998
Masters of Flute Performance
University of Wisconsin (Steven’s Point) 1984
Suzuki Certification (flute)
Red Wing Area Vo-Tech (Red Wing, MN) 1980-81
Band Instrument Repair
Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT) 1975-79
Bachelor of Music (flute performance & music education)
Certified as a master’s teacher by Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association current
Julia Bogorad St. Paul Chamber Orchestra 1992-98
Sidney Zeitlin Minnesota Orchestra 1984-92
John Wion New York City Opera, Hartt School of Music 1977-80
Claude Monteux New England Conservatory 1976-78
John Wummer Hartt School 1975-77
John Thomas Eastman School of Music 1969-75
Julius Baker, Claude Monteux, Thomas Nyfenger, Harvey Sollberger, Toshio Takahashi, Chris Norman – Boxwood Festival
Former Students attending(ed) music programs at; University of MN, Lawrence Conservatory, Luther College, N. Texas State, UW Eau Claire, Augsburg College, St. Olaf College
Performance and Work Experience
Freelance Musician Ask for references present
Solo recitals (Marine, MN; Scandia, MN; White Bear Lake, MN; Stillwater, MN) 1983-2009
Solo flutist, St. Bridget’s of Sweden, Lindstrom, MN 2002-2006
Flutist for Fairmount Ave. Methodist, St. Paul, MN (Steve Rosenberg) present
St. John’s Concert Series (Stamford, CT) 1992
Chimera Theater (St. Paul, MN) 1982
Rochester, MN Symphony; principal flute 1980-81
Hartt Symphony, Contemporary Players, Summer Theater 1977-79
Private Flute Teacher Self employed 1973-present
Music Connection (Forest Lake, MN) 1981-present
Stillwater Schools (Stillwater, MN) 1993-present
White Bear Lake Adult Education 1982-94
Flute choir coach Stillwater, MN 2006/7
Mahtomedi School System 1986-93
Band Instrument Repair Self employed (flute and clarinet) 1989-present
Haas Instrument Repair (woodwinds) 1981-90
Summer Band Director Mahtomedi Schools 1986, 90 Permanent Music Substitute Glastonbury, CT High School 1980, Jan-April
Basic Math, Elementary Math, Piano, English, Flute, Music Theory, Phonics, Reading
I love teaching! And not only do I love it, but I also have the credentials to back up that passion! I began my quest and love for music at the age of 4 when my father showed me how to "transpose" "Mary Had a Little Lamb". I was fascinated! Ever since then I can't get enough music. Later that same year when I was 4 years old I began taking flute lessons from a college professor. Growing up in a rural area I had to travel 100 miles one way once a week for lessons. I continued that trip for years to come! I now have my degree in piano education and performance which I received May of 2007. In that degree I specialized in teaching children, but I currently teach children and adults of all ages and skill levels! I received education in such areas as musicianship, rhythm and sight singing, teaching piano to beginners-advanced, music theory I, II, III, and IV, and arranging and composing. I was given the opportunity to be the chapel pianist several times a week as well as a music theory tutor. I also taught private piano in college.
I am now an accompanist, soloist, piano tuner and music theory tutor besides being a piano teacher which I do full time. I work for 4 different piano studios, as well as run my own private studio. I am also now in graduate school working towards my M.M.E degree in piano pedagogy. Teaching is not a job to me, it's a way of life. I don't have to teach music, I GET to teach music! I do all that I can to help my students love music as much as I do. That is my ultimate goal as a piano teacher all while giving you the tools to continue advancing in your musical education.
As your teacher I strive to help you develop and nurture your love for music! You have many options to choose from at my school including private lessons, technology lab, and group lessons! I accept all ages and levels!
Drum, Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 16 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland Conservatory of Music and in my home. Along the way I further broadened my background by accompanying church choirs and congregations, playing for weddings, and volunteering to lead children’s music time at church.
I love music of all kinds and have a strong belief that everyone should experience the joy and power of it in his or her life. It is very rewarding for me to help students develop their skills as they discover a meaningful way of self-expression using a universal language. Teaching music is something I love to do and I know that fact reflects to my students resulting in an enjoyable experience for them as well.
Acting, Drum, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 22 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive.
Kärsten J. began studying Suzuki flute with Susie Kuniyoshi at the age of 5 after seeing a video production of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, and since has studied with Immanuel Davis, Nadine Hur, Linda Neilson-Korducki, and Melissa Krause. Kärsten has also studied the Alexander Technique with Tully Hall since 2009. Kärsten continued her music studies at the University of Minnesota School of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music in flute performance as well as a minor in French studies. Kärsten has performed with many musical ensembles, including the MMEA All-State and MN Honor Bands for five years, and the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, Symphonic Band and Campus Orchestra. In 2011, Kärsten performed and recorded J.S. Bach’s Passion according to St. Matthew with Exultate chamber orchestra, and in 2012 recorded Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ Charm as principal flute with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble. In 2013, Kärsten performed with Encore Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Luckhardt, and with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kenneth Freed. Kärsten has performed in the Lakes Area Music Festival since 2009, collaborating with artists including Sarah Hicks, Scott Yoo, Roma Duncan, Greg Milliren and Marlene Pauley.
Kärsten has played in the pit orchestra for operas and musicals including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Roger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, Andrew W. Lonning’s The Swamp, and Lonning’s original music for the University of MN 2012 production of Aristophanes’ The Birds. An active liturgical musician in the Twin Cities and Brainerd Lakes area, Kärsten has performed and collaborated with Marty Haugen, Rob Glover, and Fr. Michael Joncas and appeared as a guest musician at St. Therese Catholic Church in Deephaven, MN. Kärsten has performed as principal flute in the Liturgy Day orchestra in the annual Liturgy Day concerts in Brainerd, MN since 2011.
A founding member of Grace Notes classical trio, Kärsten has performed with the ensemble since 2003. She has also performed as a soloist in master classes for internationally renowned artists including Pedro de Alcantara, Gro Sandvik, Mimi Stillman and James Hall. Kärsten currently works for Minnesota Opera, the Minnesota Orchestral Association, and volunteers as the Volunteer Coordinator with the Upper Midwest Flute Association (UMFA), bringing artists including Leone Buyse and Denis Bouriakov to annual Flute Festivals in Minneapolis, MN. After starting to teach individual flute lessons in 2010, Kärsten completed Suzuki Flute Book One teacher training with David Gerry in June 2012, and Book Two teacher training with Kelly Williamson in 2013.
Brian has been teaching music since 1985, leaving the University of Minnesota behind for the beginning of his full musical career.
Brian started playing instruments at the age of 10. He started out on the clarinet through middle school and in 8th grade switched to the tenor sax. He continued playing throughout high school in marching and jazz band. He went on to study music performance at the University of Minnesota in 1981.
He started playing professionally while in college where his music career took hold. In 1988 he came out with his first record called 'Coming Home'.
His presence increased in the Minneapolis music scene and in 1988 he signed with his first record label Cypress Records, a small jazz label under A&M Records. Shortly after, Cypress Records "went under".
In 1991, Brian started working for Prince in his band The New Power Generation, playing in his horn section. He continued working with him for 6 years playing on the albums Come (1994), The Gold Experience (1995), Chaos and Disorder (1996), Emancipation (1996), Crystal Ball (1998), and Vault: Old Friends For Sale (1999).
Nearing the end, he got a record deal with Prince and started Greazy Meal in 1995. The band produced 4 albums in 4 years and toured the midwest, Canada, and L.A.
When Greazy Meal removed itself from the scene around 1999, Brian could be seen playing around town and took time to become a father of three amazing children. He began writing, recording, and playing original music more often, the bands SmartMouth and The Fuzz most notably.
After a few years of laying low, he came back to the limelight playing and touring the US, Philippines, and TV circuit in 2003.
In 2006 Brian started playing with Taylor Hicks (winner of American Idol Season 5), touring the US, Italy, and TV circuit, continuing until December of 2012.
Brian would like to personally thank one of his instructors, Doctor Frank Bencriscutto, for taking him under his wing the summer after high school and helping him transition into college. Dr. Ben was a MAJOR influence musically and otherwise.
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