I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own. I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music lessons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends. I participated in band programs through middle ...
Flute is the first instrument I ever laid hands on, and it is the one that made me fall in love with music. During college, I studied under the principal flute player for the LA Opera, and I have continued my studies in flute beyond my graduation. There is always more to learn, and as I continue following my passion for flute, I hope to help you pursue your love as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a music stand, books when needed (i.e. supplementary or new material), and manuscript paper for writing out lessons. I expect students to provide chairs that support good posture, music books we have already worked on, a pencil, and their instrument (along with all necessary maintenance supplies; ie reeds, cleaning cloths, etc) *** Specialties *** I am a California and Colorado certified music teacher (B.M. in Music, M.A. in Teaching), currently teaching at East High School in Denver, Colorado. My specialties are woodwind instruments, guitar, and piano. Along with all of these, I will include theoretical elements that will make the music more meaningful. I am passionate about song-writing and theory, so I can also tutor you in these fields.
Because of my skills as a Elementary and Middle School Music teacher I will be able to give you a quality experience in beginning to learn the Flute.
My name is Alan M. I have been the Denver music area for over 30 years. I have been playing professionally for all of that time playing Drumset to Timpani in many professional orchestras, Dance Bands and small Jazz and Rock Combos. I have also had the pleasure to perform some great Musicals and Operas over the years. My students have been selected for some very prestigious scholarships. I have also had my fair share of students win positions to the Denver School of the Arts. *** Lesson Details *** Private lessons are usually an half hour. During this time we will be working on fundamentals. Which is how to read and understand the music that is front of you. One of the most important goals that I impress on the student is learning how to be their own teacher for lifelong ...
For beginning students, I typically start with the Rubank Elementary Method for Flute. Once the student has grasped the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for a first recital program. For intermediate to advanced students, I try to find out what the student is interested in, what they have previously worked on, and what their goals are musically. I like to focus on fundamentals such as extended scales in various patterns, etudes geared towards development of a specific technical aspect, and solo repertoire containing these fundamentals. If a student is involved with an ensemble (school/community band or orchestra), I encourage them to bring their music in to our lessons.
I'm a vibrant and motivated teacher who loves working with students of all ages and most importantly, sharing my passion for music with those around me. In May of 2014, I graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Performance. I also received my Bachelor of Music degree in 2008 from Manhattan School of Music. I have had the amazing opportunity to perform at both Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York and at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. In addition to touring globally, I have performed with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and the Boulder Philharmonic. I have been teaching for seven years in New York, Nebraska, and California.
I have been playing the flute for 15 years and have been teaching private lessons for almost 2 years. In college, I was the principal flautist in the Civic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble for three years. At school and in private lessons, I strive to teach not only the essential elements of music and the mechanics of playing an instrument, but also life skills. I tailor my approach to match each students’ individual learning style and personality, so they have a positive and successful experience.
Sarah has been playing the flute for 15 years, and has been singing in choirs just as long. Sarah went to Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education. There, she was the principal flautist in the Civic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble for three years. Sarah was accepted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a National Music Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. Upon graduation, she taught 1st-5th grade general music for two years in Galesburg, IL. She also started a flute studio, teaching several high school students. Sarah recently moved to Denver from Illinois and is currently teaching K-5th grade general music in Aurora Public Schools. In private lessons, she tailors her approach to match each students’ learning style and ...
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