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My name is Kelly Meholic and I am a private flute lesson instructor. I have about 20 years playing experience and 12 years of experience teaching private flute lessons. In 2009 I graduated from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with my Master's in Flute Performance. Prior to that I attended Florida State University and earned my Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance.
I am very lucky to be able to share my passion for playing the flute with others for a living! It is so awesome to hear how students grow with each lesson and to see them reach their goals whether it is gaining confidence in their playing, making All-State, or winning an audition or competition. One thing that I try to do in lessons is to send a recording after we have finished working on a piece. It is always fun to listen back down the ro
Lesson Length Recommendations:
Beginner - 30 minute lesson
Intermediate - 45 minute lesson
Advanced - 60 minute lesson
I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and began studying the flute at the age of 12. My interest in music was sparked after weeks of gazing longingly through the window as my twin sister crossed the street to her French horn lessons. I was determined to play an instrument too, so I asked my mom if I could take music lessons. It turned out that there was a fantastic flute teacher who happened to live down the street, so I began walking to my flute lessons. That flute teacher was Betsy Hudson-Traba, principal flutist of what is now the Sarasota Orchestra. Meeting her and starting flute lessons set my life down an incredible journey through music that would eventually take me halfway across the world.
With Betsy's instruction and encouragement, I had much success as a young musician. Throughout high school I played principal flute in Sarasota’s youth orchestra program and was a winner of the Young Artist Competition. I attended Interlochen Arts Camp where I was exposed to many wonderful artists and teachers. With a lot of hard work, I was able to win first chair flute in the FMEA All-State multiple times and also participated every year in the Solo & Ensemble Festival. I loved playing classical music, but fell in love with marching band too and became drum major which ignited my passion for teaching.
Wanting to pursue music as a career, I went on to study with Eva Amsler at Florida State University where I earned my Bachelor of Music in flute performance. Her teaching gave me a greater understanding of tone development, movement, and body awareness. I had a lot of wonderful playing opportunities here and as an undergraduate was playing in the top orchestra. During my time at FSU I was a proud member of the “world renown” Marching CHIEFS, where I served as section leader to 50+ flutes! It was truly incredible having a weekly audience of 80,000 football fans cheering us on. One of my favorite and more unique ensembles I participated in at FSU was the Andean ensemble, Aconcagua. I played the zampona (panpipes) and the quena (Andean flute). I loved it because it gave me the chance to play flutes still, but in a different capacity that was much more free than the classical music setting I was accustomed to.
After undergrad, I decided to go abroad for graduate school earning my Master’s at a small conservatory in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland called the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. I studied under Italian flutists, Mario Ancillotti, Stefano Parrino, and Giovanni Crola. Through their help I was able to refine and demonstrate greater musicality in my playing. Performance was emphasized greatly in lessons and in our school curriculum. I also had many opportunities to pursue my love of travelling and work on my foreign language skills!
After heading home to the States I began my freelance career substituting in various orchestras in Florida including the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. I now live in Acworth, Georgia where I teach private flute lessons and play in the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra as well as serve on the orchestra board as the Personnel Manager. In addition to music, I love spending time with my family, friends, my husband, Vance, and our adorable kitties (Ron & Harry) and sweet dog (Leia). I also enjoy volunteering at church where I work with the elementary age kids, reading, hiking, trying to bake, organizing, and cleaning!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in flute and piccolo solo, orchestral, band, and chamber ensemble playing and also audition prep.
· Flute · Online
· Flute · Online
· Flute · Online
Lessons are tailored to where you are as a player, what your goals are and how serious you wish to be. No matter what, music should always be fun and something you love, and I believe I can help inspire you to have the same love for music that I have. You will find me to be a laid back teacher. Students will develop skills in a wide variety of areas including reading, chords, scales, modes, and
· Guitar · In home
· Guitar · In home
· Banjo · In home
I am a singer... no wait... an "independent musician" as my high school choir teacher calls it. Graduated with a Music Education degree. Currently I am a Pre-K teacher at a local childcare center, and also sing in the choir at my church. My faith is important, and the gift of music is a gift from the Lord in a way.
The style that I'm more preference to is classical, well since I've been classically trained, and also Broadway musicals. But I believe that having great technique is essential to succeed.
I have vast skills from performance to management, booking, PR and pl
*** Lesson Details ***
For the first lesson, we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, what kind of structure you would like for your lessons (theory, performance etc) and I will assess your skill level. Then I will tailor exercises, lessons and study to suit your needs.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Rhodes Piano
Doric Vintage Organ
Microphones and Stands
1968 Hagstrom Bass
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Dan Electro Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Yamaha Mini Acoustic
Small Boss Keyboard
Flutes, Harmonicas, Percussion
Ipod, cd player
Various effects pedals for voice and guitar etc
*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring guitars, mics, stands, practice amp and small keyboard
*** Specialities ***
Specialising in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.
· Piano · In studio
· Harmonica · Online
· Guitar · In studio
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· Piano · In home
· Singing · In studio
· Piano · In studio
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I drum in all venues, Salsa dances, clubs, reunions and concerts. Artists I have worked with include Ryan Kilgore, Keaira LaShae and a variety of DJ's and local artists.
I will guide you through a time-tested and well-rounded method to get you up and running with the basics. I focus on fundamentals like basic scales and chords, optimal hand and finger placement, right hand picking technique etc. There is, however, plenty of room for having fun learning to play songs and riffs, because let’s be honest, that’s what we’re trying to achieve. So I always keep that in mind and use songs to teach the skills you need to learn.
By the end of your first month you will
Know what everything on your guitar is and does
Know how to change and tune your strings
Be able to play a major scale
Know how to play all of the most common major and minor chords
Be learning how to play a song we choose together
For intermediate to advanced stu
If you are interested in learning more about music theory, advanced scales, soloing/improvisation, songwriting and part writing, I am your teacher. Whether you’re working in a band and would like to develop more musical guitar parts, writing and recording or playing at local open jams, I have plenty to teach you.
Have a custom tailored plan for strengthening the areas we choose to work on together
Learn how to read and transcribe music (or get better at it)
Sharpen your improvisation skills using methods and techniques I have honed over the years
You’ll quickly learn that I’m a pretty easy going and friendly guy. We should get along just fine. It is, however, very important to know one thing going in…
Except for family/work/health emergencies I don’t accept any student’s lack of practicing for their lesson. It may sound harsh. And it’s because it is. It’s maybe the only harsh thing about my lessons. I’m far more concerned about your development as a musician than I am about making money, and I want everyone to be clear on that from day one.
The financials are important to me, but the personal rewards are far more important.
That being said, a situation like that is very rare and typically lessons are extremely fun, challenging and rewarding!
EXAMPLE SYLLABUS FOR BEGINNERS: (Example songs included)
Names of parts of the guitar
Names of strings
Fingering exercise 1 (1234-321)
Fingering exercise 2 (1234-1234….. 4321 - 4321….)
Major Chords 1 - Open (A C D E G)
Minor Chords 1 - Open (Am Dm Em)
Strumming exercise 1 (D - DU - D - D)
Strumming exercise 2 (D - DU - - UDU)
Song 1 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd/Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day)
Song 2 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Free Falling - Tom Petty/You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift)
Major Chords 2 - Bar Chords (B F)
Minor Chords 2 - Bar Chords (Bm Cm Fm Gm)
Song 3 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (Clocks - Coldplay/Stay With Me - Sam Smith/Times Like These - Foo Fighters)
Song 4 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (With or Without You - U2/Train - Hey, Soul Sister)
Hammer on exercise 1 (1-2-3)
Pull off exercise 1 (3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 1 (1-2-3 3-2-1)
Riff 1 Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Riff 2 Day Tripper (The Beatles)
Riff 3 Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
Riff 4 Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Riff 5 Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)
Hammer on exercise 2 (1-2-3-4)
Pull off exercise 2 (4-3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 2 (1-2-3-4 4-3-2-1)
Hammer on exercise 3 (1-2/3-4)
Pull off exercise 3 (4-3/2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 3 (1-2 / 4-3 ---- 3-4/2-1)
Basic Improvisation using scales
Song 5 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice
Song 6 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice
Guitar Basics Assessment and Certificate
Student will be tested on all previously learned songs, scales, riffs, and exercises as well as basic improvisation.
The following grades and their corresponding awards will be given at my discretion.
Student executes all tested material using correct technique, staying in time and without any mistakes.
AWARD: Framed certificate of “Guitar Basics Mastery”, Next Lesson Free
B (May Retest for an A in 1 month)
Student executes all tested material using correct technique the majority of the time, mostly staying in time and with minimal mistakes.
AWARD: 50% off next lesson
C (May Not Retest in 1 month)
Student shows a commitment to learning the material but does not demonstrate a sufficient amount of progress
OUTCOME: We will return to the point of weakness in the syllabus and work forward from there with new songs and exercises. Guitar Basics Assessment will be retaken at teacher’s discretion.
Tablature is a form of musical notation that was invented to make reading music easier for fretted and string instruments like guitar, bass, and violin. The premise is operationally-based, meaning that rather than showing rhythm, duration, and pitch, violin tabs will show the player where and when to place their fingers on the instrument. For an improvising musician, violin tabs allow you to improvise while staying within the chord structure of a song. Tablature-style notation is most commonly … Read More
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