Caroline Salant

Caroline S.

Virginia Beach, VA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
As a composer, poet, and songwriter for over 10 years, I can guide students through writing in any style, from punk and pop to jazz and classical and back again! My teaching will include building improvisation skills and refining raw ideas.
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Caroline delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a composer, conductor, arranger, and flautist with a BA in Music from American University in Washington, DC! I have been playing the flute for over 15 years and have had almost 10 years of formal composition and theory training thus far.

I teach beginning and intermediate flute players of all ages and in all styles! Since my primary background is in composition, I am able to create custom exercises and arrangements of the music in which my students are interested. This includes music from TV shows, videogames, Top 40 hits, and everything in between! Building confidence while enjoying practicing and skill-building on the instrument are my goals. I am also willing to collaborate with school band and orchestra teachers to further enhance a student's learning and performance.

I also teach beginning music theory and songwriting! As a poet, songwriter, and composer, I want to share what I've learned about improvisation, refining raw ideas, and getting ideas from one's mind onto the page. Creative expression is a tremendously important part of life, and understanding the foundations of music can help us appreciate and interact with it on a higher, more fulfilling level!

My studio is in Hilltop, Virginia Beach. I am comfortable teaching a variety of styles and ages - nothing is too "out there" for me! I look forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your goals!

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BA Music
Aug 2013 - May 2017
American University
High School Diploma
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Educational Center for the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


CPR (Child & Adult)
Jun 2015
Red Cross

First Aid & AED
Jun 2015
Red Cross


Director's Musicians of Accomplishment Award
Jan 2017
American University
Koster Grant
Apr 2016
Koster Foundation
Scholars and Artists Fellowship
Feb 2016
American University Department of Undergraduate Research
Composer's Prize, First Prize
May 2013
Educational Center for the Arts


Jun 2017

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Society of Composers Inc.
Mar 2016

SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.

International Alliance for Women in Music
Mar 2016

The International Alliance for Women in Music builds awareness of women’s contributions to musical life through its publications, website, international competitions, conferences, concert promotion, and presentation, and through its support of entrepreneurial and publishing activities, scholarly research and publications, broadcasts, educational initiatives, and advocacy work.

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Photos & Videos

Playing alto flute and improvising with Jayme Stone's group at the Silkroad Ensemble's Global Musician Workshop, 2015.
Improvising on alto flute alongside Jayme Stone at the Silkroad Ensemble's Global Musician Workshop, 2015.

Playing with the house band at Cafe Nine in New Haven.

Singing and playing bass for Accidental Ghost (2015-2017), a DC-based indie pop band. I also served as their main songwriter.

"Invitation" jazz cover on solo alto flute.
Playing piccolo (far right) with the AU Screamin' Eagles Pep Band.
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2 Reviews

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Daniel Jun 19, 2017
Songwriting · In studio

I had the pleasure of performing Caroline's original composition Onwards, Ever Against the Snow both for recital, as well as jury boards. The score is written for piano and alto saxophone and is written as a programmatic work featuring a Beethoven-ian hero. The piece received glowing reviews from internationally acclaimed composers and applied musicians at both the recital and jury boards. Take lessons with Caroline confidently!

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Kaitlyn Jun 19, 2017

I worked with Caroline for her senior composition recital, performing a solo violin piece that she wrote. She was incredibly easy and pleasant to work with; we had several rehearsals together leading up to the recital, and she was always patient, kind, helpful, and clear when helping me interpret her piece. She was very professional to work with in terms of scheduling rehearsals as well, and was always open and prompt when communicating about scheduling. Working with Caroline was extremely enjoyable and easy!

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