Emily Annesley
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Emily Annesley

Emily A.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Playing the flute has given me so much joy, and it is my dream to pass that joy along to others. Music lessons can offer you so much more than a new skill or getting better at an instrument; they can improve your mental health, your confidence, and even help kids do better in school! Good music teachers teach their students how to find beauty in everything, to think more critically, and to see mistakes as opportunities for growth. These three ideas are at the core of my teaching philosophy. In all my lessons, beginner to advanced, students learn how to make beautiful music, sight reading, basic music theory, and safe practice strategies. We work out of the Rubank method book, but I also utilize handwritten exercises. I also always encourage my students to bring music they want to learn!

Absolute Beginners: In our very first lesson, students learn the parts of the flute and how to make a sound. We learn about flute care, and how to correctly hold the flute. Basic music theory is introduced at this level, once the student can consistently make a sound with the headjoint. Securing the basics at this level is very important, but with games and simple songs, we make it fun :)

Beginners: Fluent note-reading is my focus at this level. Music is a language, and it takes time for students to feel comfortable reading it! My students begin learning how to sight read at this level, and learn all of the basic scales (C, G, D, F, Bb, and Eb). Normally, I start playing duets with my students at this level as well, and will continue to do so once in-person lessons become safe again.

Intermediate: Musicality and greater understanding of basic music theory is my goal at this level! Students learn how to shape musical lines using dynamics and articulation. We cover techniques like trills and mordents, and can begin to dive into flute repertoire, or songs they really enjoy and want to play! I send my online students audio of me playing one line of a duet at this level, so they can practice playing along. Playing with a piano (recording or in person) is also encouraged at this level! By the end of this level, students will have a firm grasp on most common flute techniques, as well as all of the major scales.

Advanced: Individuality is my goal at this level. As advanced players, my students begin to think about the sounds and interpretations they want to achieve. We look into different ways of thinking about interpretation, and how to execute those goals. We delve into more complicated music theory terms to better understand the music, and begin looking at minor scales. More advanced techniques may be covered, depending on the repertoire.

About Emily A.

I am a professional flutist living in the Hudson Valley with a master's degree in flute performance from SUNY Purchase, where I studied under world-renowned flutist Dr. Tara O'Connor. As a lover of contemporary music, I’ve had the honor to perform in masterclasses for Ian Clarke and Gary Schocker — two world-class flutists and composers. I have a special interest in chamber music, which led me to perform with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, as well as tour with the Purchase College Chamber Players. My guitar/flute duo was awarded the Molnar/Harris Chamber Music Prize in 2019, and I have performed frequently in the Westchester area and Long Island.

I began teaching students as a Junior in high school, and it’s always been a passion of mine. My first priority is always to establish comfort and confidence in my students. I want my lessons to be a place my students feel comfortable making mistakes! After all, it’s through those mistakes that we learn and grow as musicians (and people!). My second priority, of course, is all the other tricky stuff that goes into being a musician. My students will learn basic music theory (from how to read music to understanding chords), rhythm, technique, sight-reading, and musicality. While the majority of my work is in performing contemporary music, I teach in a variety of styles — from baroque and classical music to romantic and 20th century music. And, of course, if you bring a pop song to our lesson, we will learn to play it!! :) I’m looking forward to meeting you and learning with you!

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Madelyn C.
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Emily is Very knowledgeable, I had so much fun! Looking forward to future lessons.

Posted Feb 10, 2021
Lola (7) & Temi (8) O.
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Very patient and understanding

Posted Sep 9, 2020
Amy
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My first lesson with Emily was amazing. She is so kind and really knows her stuff! I left our lesson so inspired to practice. I can’t wait for our next lesson!

Posted Jun 11, 2020
Matt
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Great, knowledgeable teacher. Flexible scheduling and ready to work with students of all types

Posted Nov 6, 2019
Julius
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Emily is a patient, thoughtful, considerate, and empathetic teacher.

I enjoyed our time together, practicing and learning a difficult and abstract instrument/subject was fun and engaging.

Highly recommend Emily to anyone willing to learn the flute! Thanks for everything Emily!

Posted Nov 4, 2019
Lauren
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Emily is quite possibly the best teacher I've had. She is generous with her time while teaching. Emily is also very patient when working with me on difficult passages of music. She is creative at problem solving issues with my playing and has been very helpful in getting my playing to the next level. Anyone who wants to learn the flute, whether it's to improve their classical playing, or because they were inspired to learn because of the recent popularity of Lizzo, they should contact Emily for all flute needs!

Posted Nov 4, 2019

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Experience

Private Flute Teacher
Oct 2006 - Present

Self - employed

Taught several students long-term throughout my career as a flutist — beginning with my first student at 17 years old.

Flute Pedagogy — Class
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

SUNY Fredonia

Taken as a degree requirement — taught private lessons through the semester. Lessons were supervised, and I bolstered my knowledge of flute pedagogy; specifically for beginners.

Education

Artist Diploma, Music Performance
Aug 2019 - May 2020

SUNY Purchase

Master in Music Performance
Aug 2017 - May 2019

SUNY Purchase

Bachelors, Music Performance, English
Aug 2012 - May 2016

SUNY Fredonia

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

TESOL Certificate
Dec 2020

Westchester Community College

CRLA Certified Tutor - Level 1
May 2019

SUNY Purchase

Awards

Molnar/Harris Chamber Prize
May 2019

Susan Molnar

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