Bonnie McAlvin

Bonnie M.

Woodridge, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Oboe is one of the most unique and beautiful instruments.

About Bonnie M.

Learn to express yourself musically

Build connections with others through music

Develop pattern recognition strengths

Develop Fluency with musical languages

Bonnie is a flutist, composer and educator with over twenty years of experience teaching music. She has worked with students age 5 to adult, in college, high school, middle and elementary school environments as well as community music schools in New York City. She performs music in such places as Lincoln Center, the United Nations and Carnegie Hall, and her own music has been performed on five of the seven continents. She is known to be patient, extremely knowledgeable, a good explainer and an avid supporter of individual differences in learning.

--Online lessons in flute, saxaphone and music theory
--Experienced in teaching ages 5-adult, beginner, intermediate, advanced, college
--Very patient, kind teacher who loves teaching and is devoted to honoring individual differences in learning


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2 Reviews
Casey R.

Amazing Player...Even Better Teacher.

From my first lesson with Bonnie, she opened me up to a new realm of musicianship and technique that I had never experienced before. She re-ignited a passion in my music that I was beginning to lose. I am forever grateful to her for this.

Bonnie is a hundred percent devoted to music, her playing and her teaching. One of the things I love most about her is that she seems to know everything about the flute, yet she is always striving to learn more. And if, every once in a while, there is something she doesn't know, she investigates. She finds an answer, contemplates it, and teaches me.

Bonnie is also a genuinely caring person who is entirely invested in her students. She often e-mails me after my lesson to tell me something that she had thought about relating to my lesson, proving that she is always thinking about ways to help me in my playing.

Bonnie continues to challenge me and encourage me in all my playing - she truly makes me feel that with enough practice and determination there is nothing I can't play. She even helped me attain a 100 on my all-state level piece this year. However, the score is less meaningful than the feeling I had after I performed that day. I knew that I was playing on a level I had never imagined - all due to Bonnie's inspiring me to always be better and her total confidence in me, not only as a flute player, but also as a musician.

Bonnie's musicianship and playing is unparalleled, her teaching style unique and engaging and, once you get to know her, she is quite the comedian. I am truly lucky to have her as my teacher.

Posted Jun 19, 2013
Mary Ellen B.

An engaging and wonderful instructor

I have been extremely fortunate to have had Bonnie McAlvin teaching flute, piccolo and music theory to my older daughter for nine years and flute to my younger daughter for four. She is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher that inspires a great love of musicianship in her students. My older daughter is a first chair flutist in a wind ensemble and plays with a prestigious children's orchestra entirely due to the patient and thorough instruction she has received from Bonnie. It is a great blessing to have musically talented children but an even bigger blessing to have an instructor who can give them the skills and encouragement to achieve excellence. My older daughter is working towards attending a conservatory for college and the younger daughter fully expects to have music be part of her education going forward. This is entirely due to Bonnie's influence and guidance. We could not be more pleased. My girls love their lessons with Bonnie and I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Posted Jun 19, 2013

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Online Lessons in flute, oboe, saxophone, music theory
Jan 2017 - Present


Sep 2014 - Present

Special Music School High School, Kaufman Center

Music Faculty

Adjunct Professor
Nov 2013 - Present

Adelphi University

Music Theory Flute

Flute Instructor
Jan 2001 - Present

Music & Arts Center, Lindenhurst NY

Flute instruction, beginner through college entrance


Sep 2009 - Oct 2017

Graduate Center, CUNY

Aug 1998 - May 2000

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Aug 1994 - May 1998

SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Sep 2017

Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

Certification in protecting children


Los Angeles Film Festival
Jun 2016

My First Kiss and the People Involved

Winner, Convention Performer's Competition
May 2011

National Flute Association

May 2007

Myrna Brown National Flute Artist Competition


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Oct 2008
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
National Flute Association
Jan 2000
The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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