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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
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The materials I use differ with each student. My aim is to give each flutist a foundation that can be built upon no matter what their musical direction. Because I have students who have continued on to careers in music, I know what is necessary for them to successfully audition for youth orchestras, scholarships and colleges. For those who aren’t quite as serious, there are many books that are designed to be fun as well as functional. The lesson program includes beginner books such as Flute 101 by George and Louke, Tune a Day and various solo and duet books. As students progress, we focus on improving technique using method books like the Melodious and Progressive series and improving interpretation by studying a large variety of solos from the Baroque through Contemporary eras. I encourage students to play duets and trios with friends as well as in lessons. For adults, the standard Rubank series provide a structured program that is augmented with books designed to address their specific goals.
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Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet
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 childrenâÂÂs 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.
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What can a student/parent expect from lessons with me? I can provide my students with a solid foundation of proper technique. This is so very important because you do not ever want to have to âÂÂunlearnâÂÂ bad habits. I also include appropriate music theory, ear training and improvising for each level. I purposefully pace the lessons to prevent students from feeling frustrated. Instead, I work to generate excitement about the learning process and keep students motivated by their own progress. Furthermore, I am willing to accommodate a student if they have a special interest in a certain musical genre or a personal goal they are working towards. I encourage, but do not require students to take advantage of recital and performance opportunities that I provide.
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Large music room: piano, flute, clarinet, mouth pieces for trumpet, trombone and sax, snare drum
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I have a lot of experience teaching students who are brand new to their instrument. I believe the beginning is a very important time to start building a solid foundation for all future musical growth. I love being able to help my students establish good habits from the beginning and influence the overall direction of a new studentâÂÂs musical experience.
I love music of all kinds and have fun playing and teaching all the instruments that I listed. However, the two instruments that I have the most training on and have performed on are the piano and the flute. I would be a great teacher for private lessons to help a student excel in band at school or for a high school student preparing for contests or auditions. Also, I am very patient with beginners and would be ideal as a childâÂÂs first piano teacher or for an adult who has always wanted to play a certain instrument of his or her choice.
Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, 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.
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The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I will play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. After a time students will learn skills needed to perform a wider range of music
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I expect the student to provide an instrument, method book, stand and supplies for that instrument. I will bring an instrument to play along and model.
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Kodaly and orff methods
Baroque Flute, Flute, Music Theory, Piccolo
Hi, my name is Huei-Mei but you can call me May. I have played the flute since I was 10, and speak English (and Chinese!) fluently. I offer a flute teaching studio in the Twin Cities with individual students from all levels, beginner to advanced. In general, some lesson topics include:
Why an excellent tone matters
How to accurately interpret musicâ
How to improve technique (e.g. fingering, vibrato, tonguing, ) â
Why your breathing may be wrong, and tools for improvement
I also teach flute master classes in North Dakota and Minnesota, including the Minnesota All State Band and International Music Camp. I am an active member of the Upper Midwest Flute Association, National Flute Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, and Marcel Moyse Society.
I completed my Doctorate of Music at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus and my Masters in Music at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. Lear more at www.meiflute.com
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.
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The early whisperings of the flute started when I was 9 years old. The first time I saw a flute, I immediately became enchanted with the instrument, which ignited a passion in my heart for playing. At the age of 13, I attended the Riverbend Institute of the Arts in Faribault, Minnesota. The encouragement I received there plunged me into a life filled with music. Shortly after, I was selected to play in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony (GTCYS) for two years. This was an incredible experience as a young person, especially playing at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
I grew up in a nurturing community that opened up many creative opportunities and experiences and for that I am grateful. I am also thankful for all of the highly influential flute teachers that instilled skills and valuable training in my life. My first teacher was Kris Raan and gave me a great foundation for a life a playing the flute. Then in Junior and High School, I took lessons from Professor Kay Sahlin from Saint Olaf College in Northfield. During college at Bethel University, my flute teacher was Professor Mary Roberts Wilson. I have continued to take lessons as an adult from Polly Meyerding Dedrick, flute professor at River Falls.
My family has a rich heritage of music and I grew up in a home with my mother having a piano studio and my father playing a harmonica and singing. My grandfather was an entertainer on the piano and captivated the hearts of his audience. My great aunt played piano until she was 92 years old. She reminded in me in Sept of 2010 that God has given our family a gift of music and encouraged me continue to use the gift that we have been given.
Since I started playing the flute over 30 years ago, I have been a private lesson instructor, freelance musician for weddings, celebrations and festivals. I also was a member of the pit orchestra for the FACT community theater for a span of ten years. I played for the following musical productions: My Fair Lady, The Carousel, Singing in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun and The King and I.
During 2012, I recorded a CD, "Lullabies for the Children", which is for sale on CD baby. I recorded this CD with the intention to donate to orphanages and to children with special needs. The CD has been distributed to orphanages in Mexico, India, Vietnam, Kenya and donated to various organizations that help children with special needs. This CD is done A Capella style with soothing tones of the flute. It has also been purchased as gifts for newborn babies and also people that have been suffering with illness have found comfort in the CD also.
I am currently a member of the Upper Midwest Flute Society, Paradise Theater for the Arts, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony Alumni Association, Alumni of the Bethel University Music Department and Flute Volunteer at The Augustana Care Center in Minneapolis. In May of 2014, I started teaching private flute lessons at the Laurel Music Studio in West Saint Paul, located 2 miles south of downtown Saint Paul.
**Special needs: I have experience working with special needs children.
* Homeschool: I have experience teaching classes to homeschool children for both art and music.
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