I am a professional Saxophonist (who doubles on flute for big-bands, jazz ensembles, etc. ) I am not a professional flute player by any means, however, I can get you working up to an intermediate level on the instrument. I can also help you improvise at any level.
A classically-trained flutist, Nadia has been teaching flute for many years. A summa cum laude graduate of New York University in Music Performance, she excels at teaching students how to play flute in a way that emphasizes body awareness and comfort in positioning and holding the flute. Nadia also emphasizes whole musicianship in her lessons, incorporating theory and other elements of music into lessons to facilitate a deeper understanding of the music. She is a friendly, encouraging and dedicated teacher who aims to teach each student according to his or her needs and interests. See you in class! :)
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
Our lessons will be tailored to fit your needs and demands of flute playing. For players just starting out, we focus mainly on producing a good sound by training the lips and embouchure. This is the foundation of good flute playing. From there we learn the fingerings of all the notes in relation to scales and basic melodies. Most of this is done without the aid of sheet music, we will use our ears and memorizing techniques to absorb the information. For intermediate to advanced players, I have a large library of flute literature spanning multiple genres. We'll learn and work on what it is you want to do. If you're not sure, I'll make suggestions based upon what I think you can handle.
I am a student focused teacher who believes that each student learns differently. I focus on the foundations of music theory, as well as healthy practice habits in order to help my students succeed in any musical setting. I can help you get started on an instrument, improve your current abilities, work on school band and orchestra music, prepare for festival and solo auditions, prepare for college auditions, or just find great enjoyment in playing.
I pack a lot into each lesson making sure we address things such as: posture, theory, accuracy of rhythm, note reading, warm-ups, scales, etudes, solos, musicality, composition, interpretation and technique. For flute I also address embouchure, tonal conception and listening to great players.
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