Emily Higgins

Emily H.

Portland, OR
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been performing and teaching lessons as my full time career for over 15 years.

I teach ages 7 through adult, beginners through advanced, and enjoy customizing each student's lessons according to their own goals. I mostly teach and perform classical music, but also incorporate other styles of music into lessons at the student's request.

Lessons often incorporate aspects of mindfulness, meditation, and body awareness practices, and I believe in giving students a strong foundation in ear training, improvisation, and music theory.

About Emily H.

With over twenty years of flute experience, Emily H. is new to the Portland area. Emily has served as principal flutist of the Union Symphony in Charlotte, NC and flutist with the Alla Prima Flute and Harp Duo and the Quintessence Wind Quintet. She also has taught flute for over 15 years, and is now accepting students in Portland.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut.

With a holistic mind/body approach to music, Emily has supplemented her academic study with further education in Alexander Technique, yoga, body mapping, and mindfulness meditation. She incorporates these techniques into her own playing and into her teaching.

In 2014, Emily H. and her duo partner Kirsten Carrell Osborne released their Alla Prima Duo debut album Song To the Waking Sun, which includes music inspired by the natural and spiritual world.


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7 Reviews
Inge M.
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I'm an adult who is finally getting around to learning the flute (it's always been on my bucket list). I had my first lesson with Emily yesterday and it was great - exactly what I was looking for. Emily is gracious and encouraging. By the end of the session, we even played a duet! So fun.

Posted Jan 23, 2020
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Emily has been quite helpful in helping me explore my direction in flute-playing--a good mix of 'working with' and guiding me; quite observant about where I go astray, yet encouraging and ease-making.

Posted Apr 6, 2019
Barbara H.
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Emily is very clear, cheerful, supportive and encouraging! So impressed at how quickly she got me feeling confident. Left my first lesson feeling excited to go forward and clear idea about how to practice. Can't wait for our next lesson!

Posted Feb 16, 2019
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Emily is fantastic! Within the first 15 minutes of my first lesson, I was sounding much, much better. I'm an adult returning to the flute and Emily is teaching me more than I ever learned in years of lessons. In addition to being knowledgeable, she makes me comfortable. Now I just don't want to put my flute down.

Posted May 10, 2018
Chloe R.
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If you are an adult beginner, or "re-beginner," or really anyone wanting to learn and improve, then look no further!!! Emily is hands down the best music instructor I've had the pleasure to study under. As someone with performance anxiety, she helped me feel comfortable playing and was always encouraging--never an unkind word and never made me feel uncomfortable for making mistakes! She truly cares about her students' improvement and that her students find joy in creating music. Emily's knowledge and background is astounding! Need music recommendations? She has them. Need instrument recommendations? She knows what's what. Interested in the history behind music theory and interpretation of classical pieces, she can refer you to countless materials. Emily is a fountain of knowledge and talent. One really cannot find a more wonderful instructor.

Posted Apr 6, 2018
Afton C.
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Very patient, and reassuring instructor.

Posted Mar 27, 2017
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Emily was a patient and highly effective teacher for my 10 year old daughter who is brand new to the flute. She gave great positive reinforcement and was very helpful at outlining a successful strategy towards practicing.

Posted Sep 23, 2016


Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2004

The Hartt School at University of Hartford

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