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Although I am primarily a saxophonist, flute is a secondary instrument that most saxophonists also have to know how to play. As a performer it is an absolute necessity that I be able to double on the flute and be just as proficient.
My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.
I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are children and
I can teach beginning flute students basic note reading and rhythms. Advanced students can learn theory and jazz improvisation.
Performing for 30 years...classical to jazz and improvisation.
I organize my teaching around your goals and objectives!
Studied with Richard Graef, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.B.A.
degree in Flute Perf., American Conservatory of Music.
Flute is one of the easiest woodwinds to learn to play! I picked it up as part of my degree program in university. Instruction through the Intermediate level will be given using standard method books and easier repertoire, progressing into standard flute repertoire.
Flute lessons include pedagogy and learning solos and songs!
Played the flute since it frustrated me in 5th grade as the only instrument I couldn't make a sound out of. Now have been playing for 11 years with 6 years of experience teaching flute lessons. First chair wind ensemble in high school, 1 semester of concert band in college.
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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 have between ten and twenty students playing the flute. While band directors are well-trained musicians, most just don’t have the resources to help you excel at your instrument. By taking private flute lessons, you can improve on the technical skills you’re learning in band class, and your flute teacher can help enhance your practice schedule so you become proficient quickly. If you’re struggling with learning your instrument, your flute instructor can help you identify why you’re having trouble and can give you specific guidance.
All musicians, no matter what the instrument, know the most important tool in learning and excelling is practice. Flute lessons help you establish good practice habits, through both the classes themselves, and through the expectations involved outside of the lessons.