Caitlin enjoys teaching students of all ages and ability levels, and has experience teaching students ages 6 through adult, from beginners picking up the flute for the very first time to advanced students. She works to customize her teaching to best suit each individual’s learning style, and aims to give her students the tools they need to achieve success in their own musical goals. Caitlin believes that learning an instrument should be fun and should boost confidence rather than anxiety; she strives to create a safe, comfortable space in every lesson, where stress in low but focus is high, so that maximum learning can take place.
Caitlin hopes that through sharing her passion for music making, she is able to help foster a lifelong curiosity and love of music in her students.
Caitlin Oliver received her Master of Music in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied with Cynthia Meyers, piccolo player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in Boston, Caitlin performed with the NEC Philharmonia, NEC Wind Ensemble, and was a member of the NEC Honors Woodwind Quintet, a group chosen through competitive audition to represent the Conservatory as an Honors Ensemble for the 2014-2015 year.
Caitlin previously graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Music in Performance from George Mason University’s School of Music in Fairfax, Virginia, as a student of Professor Julianna Nickel. During her time at GMU, Caitlin performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Flute Choir, and won the opportunity to give a performance of Deb
ussy’s Syrinx for solo flute on the School of Music’s Honors Recital in 2014. Caitlin is continually improving her skills as a flutist by taking auditions for orchestras, military bands and festivals around the country.
Kelly is a fun and patient private flute instructor equipped with an arsenal of technical knowledge on flute pedagogy. She believes that everybody benefits from a healthy dose of music instruction, no matter the age. Having performed with symphony orchestras in the LA area, Kelly is an experienced flutist with over 15 years of classical and orchestral training under her belt.
Hello future flutists! I'm a dedicated flute teacher, performer, and composer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. It's my strong belief that music education improves all areas of students' lives. Everyone has musical potential and it's my job to unlock your unique sense of creativity. Weekly lessons with me include learning flute fundamentals, music notation, targeted technique exercises, solo pieces, and music theory.
When I'm not teaching, I'm pursuing a doctorate in flute performance and composition at the University of Georgia. I hold a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from California State University Long Beach where I graduated summa cum laude.
Drop me a line and we'll start your flute journey!
Kelly is a very friendly, skillful and patient teacher. I was very nervous to take my first flute lesson as an adult. However Kelly being a professional, she eased any nervousness that I had and gave me the confidence that I needed. I have learned so much and I cannot recommend her enough! I love playing the flute thanks to Kelly. She is the best!
August 4, 2016
Kelly is not only a fantastic teacher but is also an exceptionally talented flutist. She whole-heartedly is passionate about excelling in her own life which translates to high expectations for her students while maintaining a light-hearted learning environment, mirrored by her optimistic personality. She understands the inner mechanisms of teaching flute to people of any ages due to her excellent education and her extreme intelligence. I would sincerely recommend her to a flutist of any age or ability.
August 3, 2016
Kelly was a wonderful teacher for our service, and handled her work with professionalism. Lots of enthusiasm and a great motivator to students. She was also organized and very reliable. Definitely recommended to anyone looking to learn the flute.
Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Musician Award at Bloomsburg University, Steph is excited to teach students of all ages who want to improve their playing! She wants to help students learn and develop their fundamentals: tone, articulation, sight-reading, posture, etc. She would also be delighted to teach a student who is an absolute beginner! We will work out of flute methods books, etude books, and/or specific repertoire picked by the student.
Hello! My name is Steph and I can't wait to hear you play! I will absolutely enjoy teaching you regardless of your age or playing ability. :)
Beginner students: We will mostly work on pieces out of Kathy Blocki's flute method books as well as exercises composed by myself to make sure your fundamentals are solid from the beginning. Plan on learning new notes and rhythms each lesson as well as having scale and playing assignments. You will learn a lot each week while having a super awesome time :)
Intermediate students: We will be working on honing the fundamentals (tone, technique, articulation) through various etudes and intermediate solo pieces, depending on playing level. Vibrato will be introduced as well as phrasing, breathing, and everyone's favorite: intonation! Weekly assignments will include memorizing scales and preparing a
ll pieces covered in lessons. Prepare to take notes and laugh frequently at my jokes!
Early-Advanced students: We will learn about body awareness and work on playing without tension. We will work on developing tone colors (warm, sweet, bright, hollow, etc.), developing technique through daily exercises, as well as further developing the fundamentals. We will work on repertoire for your auditions, more advanced solo pieces, etudes, and technical exercises. Weekly assignments will include practicing at least 45 minutes per day to have material fully prepared for the lesson. You will get really good at taking notes!
Always remember: You will get out of lessons what you put into them! The magic always happens during practice. The more you practice, the more I am able to teach you, and the better you will play!
Steph Dressler is a versatile flutist, enjoying both the classical and contemporary realms of performance. Selected as a 2019 Fellow for the Impulse New Music Festival, she collaborated with a cohort of composers and instrumentalists to premiere eight new works at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Steph is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in flute performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where she studies under the tutelage of Tara Helen O’Connor. At Purchase, she performs regularly with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Purchase New Music Project, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble. She has had the privilege of learning and performing at numerous summer music programs, including the Consummate Flutist at Carnegie Mellon University, Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound Workshop, and ARIA International Summer Music Academy. Her most memorable masterclass performances were those with Lorna McGhee, Alexa Still, Alberto Almarza, Jill Felber, Amy Porter, Paul Edmund-Davies, and Mark Sparks.
Her primary teachers include Tara Helen O’Connor, Roberta Michel, and Tracey Schmidt-Jaynes.
In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, reading, eating desserts, and studying languages.
I understand that everybody learns differently. I take pride in individualizing every lesson to meet the unique needs of the student. I find so much joy and passion helping someone learn the flute, which has been in my life for over 19 years. Learning is the flute is fun and enjoyable, so lessons with me are too! :)
I have been teaching the flute privately for over 10 years. I have taught students as young as 5 and as old as 65. I attended the University of Akron (2010-2012) for my Master's Degree in Flute Performance and Kent State University (2006-2010) for my Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance. I have performed as a soloist at different events, in small chamber groups, bands and orchestras. Flute lessons with me will include a lot of learning, with smiles and laughs! I love to have fun, but yet stay on track and be productive. I love to personalize each lesson for every students because everyone learns differently.
We all learn differently, and I try to accommodate the student's style as much as possible in lessons! I thoroughly believe that skill is a learned attribute, and with the right teacher ANYONE with enough drive can accomplish whatever their goals are.
Hi everyone, I'm Guthrie! I love music more than anything else; playing, teaching, composing are all my life passions. My styles vary from Irish flute to classical, and sometimes bagpipes on the side!
I'm from the Washington state, but currently studying music in Montréal, Québec. I've also lived and played music in Germany and Norway, both of which have shaped my personal taste in music. And as a teacher, I like to let the student tell me how they like to learn, what kind of music they want to learn to play, and then I can accommodate that. I promise you will learn a lot from me, (and me from you!) and have quite a bit of fun on the side!
While flute is not my main instrument, I have played in ensembles such as my high school concert band as well as doubling on flute and piccolo in the University of Illinois production of Crazy for You and Parkland College production of young Frankenstein. I can teach beginner level flute, focusing on embouchure, technique, and tone and vibrato. I can also teach a little jazz flute and the basic concepts of jazz as well!
Hello future students! My name is Adam and I am currently a junior studying jazz saxophone at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. While I might be young, I do have teaching experience with middle school band. I hope to pass on what I've learned from my teachers, Charles McNeill and Debra Richtmeyer, two world-renowned professionals. My main instrument is saxophone, however, I do double on both clarinet and flute and have a background in piano as well! I would love to teach any beginner or intermediate level students over the summer and grow along with you musically!
I've been teaching flute for 25 years and many of my students have studied with me for their entire school career. Lessons are tailored to individual student needs, and I think learning flute should be challenging, interesting, and most of all, fun!
Michelle is a flute instructor at Lebanon Valley College, where she also teaches courses in flute literature and pedagogy, music appreciation, and American music and its cultural influence. She directs the Flute Ensemble. She began teaching at LVC in 2002 and has appeared in several solo and faculty recitals at the college. She premiered “Three Nocturnes” by LVC professor emeritus Scott Eggert in 2013. In 2015, she helped coordinate LVC’s participation of “Bach in the Subways”. Her LVC students have been winners in the college Concerto-Aria competition, experienced flute trips to Washington, D.C., and have performed in local public schools.
Michelle performs most frequently with her trio, The Silverwood Trio, formed in 2001 with her friends and fellow IUP alumni, Brenda Johnson and Kirstin Myers. The trio performed in Lebanon, York,
and Lancaster area concert series and plays for several private events in those areas. She is the principal flute and faculty mentor for the Lancaster Bible College orchestra. Recently, she has performed in pit orchestras for several local musical theater and opera productions. Her freelance work allows her to play a variety of styles of music, including classical, jazz, Irish folk music, and musical theater. She was a founding member of the Keystone Wind Ensemble, directed by Pennsylvania composer Jack Stamp. With that ensemble, Michelle recorded six CDs of important wind band literature, much of which was never previously recorded.
In addition to her teaching at LVC, Michelle also maintains a private flute studio and is a flute instructor at Lancaster Bible College. She previously taught flute at Suitland High School’s arts magnet program and the Washington, D.C. Youth Symphony program. For two years, she ran her own summer flute camp, “Flutes Fantastic” for local school age musicians. Her private students’ achievements include solo and ensemble festival honors, district and regional band festivals, and members of Harrisburg and Lancaster Youth Symphonies.
A native of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She attained her Master of Music degree from Catholic University.
Michelle lives with her husband Steven, a high school band director, their two daughters, and two cats.
Looking for a quick and easy way to learn flute notes for beginners? As you start to become more familiar with the flute, you’ll naturally become curious about learning more notes.
In the beginning, it’s important to start to learn flute notes right away—the sooner you learn them, the sooner you can read sheet music and master different melodies.
Learning flute notes can also help you improve on specific elements of your technique that are crucial to getting off to a good start. …