Bonita Lubinsky

Bonita L.

Bronx, NY

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Bonita delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1987

Having taught children and adults to play the flute for many years, I have plenty of experience, lots of patience, and still love it. I teach flute at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan and I have taught recorder ensembles for Classroom Recorder Arts throughout New York City. I perform with the Celtic and Early Music Trio, Gryphon & Co., with the Putnam Chorale Orchestra, the American Chamber Opera Co., and other groups in the NYC area.

Born in Cleveland, I received a Bachelor of Music degree from Kent State University in Ohio before coming to New York City for studies with Thomas Nyfenger and Carol Wincenc. In 1987 I received a masters degree in flute performance from the Zurich Conservatory of Music, in Switzerland, having started my studies there on a Rotary Foundation Grant.  I have also won a BRIO Award for excellence in the arts from the Bronx Council on the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
My specialty is flute. I also play and teach recorder, and I play various flute-like folk instruments with my group, Gryphon & Co. and in traditional Irish music settings. I have many years of experience teaching flute in a wide variety of circumstances: private lessons, small groups, classes and chamber music, children and adults. I have even taught in a foreign language, German, while I lived in Switzerland.For young beginners I bring new ideas to tried and true teaching methods through training in the Suzuki Method. For students of all ages, I use what I have learned studying the Alexander Technique, which helps to avoid or to relieve muscle tension and improve breathing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
There is a piano, music stand, tuner and metronome in my living room studio. I would expect the student to bring his or her own instrument, and a methods book and eventually a book of solos that I recommend. Sometimes I will have individual sheets of music available.Parking in my neighborhood is not a problem.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I sometimes bring and/or scan and email individual sheets of music for a student. I would expect the student to have his or her own instrument and a music stand, and to buy a methods book and eventually a book of solos that I recommend.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Irish Traditional, Early Music and Folk, also Soprano and Alto Recorder.

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Flute and Recorder Teacher, Chamber Music Coach
Jan 1990 - Present
Third Street Music School Settlement


Flute Performance
Sep 1981 - Jun 1984
Zurich Music Conservatory
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1970 - Jun 1974
Kent State University


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Solo performance of C P E Bach flute sonata.
Demonstration of flutes and recorders to pre-school children.

Some of my students.

Some of my students performing together.

Gryphon and Co.

With a student, post performance at the Third St. Music School Settlement.
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4 Reviews

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Lauren L. Sep 18, 2014
Flute · In home

Bonnie is a wonderful flute Teacher!

Bonnie has been teaching daughters, who are 8 and 10, for almost a year. She teaches them with warmth, patience and enthusiasm, and understands their respective levels. My girls have progressed beautifully, and Bonnie has even integrated lovely flute duets into the lessons which the girls can practice and perform together. We are extremely pleased with our lesson experience.
Thank you, Bonnie!

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Olivia F. Nov 25, 2013
Flute ·

Bonnie is a wonderful and patient teacher

I started playing the flute when I was eleven, and I can’t imagine my past seven years without weekly lessons with Bonita Lubinsky at Third Street Music School. Music has always played a big role in my life, and Bonnie was the person who helped shape that general passion into a specific love for the flute and showed me how to become a thoughtful, dedicated musician. Her unlimited reserves of patience allowed her to work wonderfully well with all age groups, from her younger students just starting to play to me, a high school student with a few years of experience. Bonnie is incredibly kind and compassionate, and knows just how to drill a skill without it feeling like a chore. Because of her tutelage, I have made the decision to pursue the flute in college, and I am thankful for her abilities and for what she passed on to me every time I practice.

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Anne B. Nov 16, 2013
Flute ·

Great teacher

I have been taking lesson with Bonnie for 3 years now and am very happy. She explains things well and in different ways when necessary to get it understood.

She makes it fun to learn the flute.

christine C. Nov 14, 2013
Flute ·

Bonnie is a wonderful flute teacher.

Bonnie has been my daughter's flute teacher for the past 7 years. She is a wonderful teacher and her love of music is contagious. Her patience and kindness make her the perfect teacher for both new beginners and the more experienced flautists. No matter what academic or social pressure my daughter had, she never missed her flute lessons with Bonnie. It has been a joy to see her improve so much over the years and to know that music will always be a part of her life. I feel so grateful to Bonnie for her skill, good cheer and encouragement and highly recommend her to any prospective flautists out there!

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