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.