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Dr. Caroline S.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher with a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and an undergraduate from Columbia University. I have taught beginning students as young as age 5, middle school, high school, college, and adult students. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are tailored to you, and include technical skill building, a range of repertoire, and foundations of music history and theory. Let's get started!

About Dr. Caroline S.

Dr. S is an accomplished teacher, currently serving on the faculties of the University of Buffalo and The Kanack School of Musical Artistry, as well as maintaining a private studio in NYC. She has given masterclasses and held residencies at Gettysburg College, Kent State University, Alfred University, and the Eastman Community Music School. Previously, Dr. S has taught students at Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, and Alfred University.

Committed to nurturing a love of music along with a deep understanding of musical foundations, Dr. S includes elements of music theory and music history in each lesson. Flute lessons with Dr. S build critical thinking skills, encourage creativity, and support development of self-assessment skills. Each lesson includes warm-ups and tone development studies, technical exercises, and repertoire. Students should expect to play, listen, count, sing, and, on occasion, improvise! Dr. S has worked both with elementary school students and advanced adult students, and has also prepared students for regional competitions, concerto competitions, college and graduate school auditions. She works with each student to create individualized practice plans and long-term goals. Students are given the opportunity to perform during studio classes and studio recitals.


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I studied with Dr. Sonnet for about a year. I learned so much from her that I couldn’t count. She gave me a lot of confidence in myself as a musician. I know that the things I have learned from her will Conroe to show throughout my career.

Posted Jun 28, 2019

I have had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Sonett for one semester this year during which time I have experienced immense improvements in my playing. Dr. Sonett creates a comfortable, warm relaxed environment, and even though I tend to be shy she put me at ease which exponentially increase my ability to learn from her. Dr. Sonett made sure to know what each student's focus was to make sure that lessons were effective for what the student wanted to get out of them. I have never had a teacher that I felt completely comfortable with and that has increase my love for music. I echo the sentiments of the two above students, Dr. Sonett creates a very welcoming space to express yourself through music and personalizes lessons to fit the individual. During just the few short months I have studied with her I have improved much more than I had in several years with other lesson teachers. I have enjoyed studying with her, and I would highly recommend her to any students looking for lessons.

Posted Jun 26, 2019
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Dr. Sonnett taught my 7 year old daughter this past year, and I was very impressed with her warm, relaxed, and consistent approach to learning. My daughter's technique and musicality progressed rapidly throughout the year, and never at the expense of the joy of music. My daughter can be a challenge - as her mind wanders easily - yet Dr. Sonnett always brought the focus of the lesson back to the flute in a respectful and often humorous way. It was a wonderful year!

Posted Jun 24, 2019

Working with Dr. Sonett my first year of college was a most valuable experience. She makes it a priority to understand the pupil's skill level, capabilities, and potential and tailors her lessons appropriately to meet their needs. She ensures that you get the most out of each lesson by including warm ups, technical studies and exercises, etudes, repertoire, music history, theory, and more! Furthermore, she maintains a positive, optimistic attitude and makes an effort to go beyond the lesson and personally connect with the student. I highly recommend Dr. Sonett to anyone, regardless of skill level, who is interested in lessons and looking for a teacher.

Posted Jun 22, 2019

Dr. Sonnett creates a very welcoming atmosphere during lessons, which allows me to be comfortable and creative during lessons. She is able to offer constructive criticism to help me learn new material, and improve techniques. I find lessons with her very helpful, and I leave the lessons feeling like I have accomplished something. Although I have only taken lessons with her for a year, I have noticed an improvement in both my confidence and my musicianship. I consider her to be one of the best teachers I have studied with.

Posted Jun 21, 2019

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Student Success Academic and Career Advisor
Jun 2019 - Present

Mannes School of Music at The New School

Private Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present


Flute Instructor
Aug 2018 - Jun 2019

Kanack School of Musical Artistry

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Aug 2018 - Jun 2019

University of Buffalo

Director of Graduate Advising and Services
Jul 2018 - Jun 2019

Eastman School of Music


Doctor of Musical Arts, Flute Performance and Literature
Sep 2016 - May 2018

Eastman School of Music

Master of Music, Flute Performance and Literature
Sep 2014 - May 2016

Eastman School of Music

Bachelors of Music
Sep 2010 - May 2014

Columbia University



Limited Proficiency


Doctoral Lecture Recital Award 2019
Mar 2019

Eastman School of Music


Phi Kappa Lambda
May 2019
The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.
National Flute Association
Jan 2017
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.
New York Flute Club
Jan 2017
Founded in 1920 by eminent flutist Georges Barrère, composer Lamar Stringfield, and a group of their associates, The New York Flute Club is the oldest such organization in the United States. Barrère's idea in starting the Club was to provide a common meeting ground for the professional, student, and amateur; a place where less experienced players could hear new and unusual music for the flute as well as the classic repertory played by fine artists; a place where all might find performance opportunities helpful to the development of their own talents.

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