Erica Spear

Erica S.

Silver Spring, MD
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Erica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2013

Erica Spear is an emerging flutist and educator. A graduate of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, she obtained her Bachelor of Music Degrees in Performance and Instrumental Music Education. In 2014, she completed a short study of Irish Trad music at the University of Cork, (Cork, Ireland.) Additionally, she spent a semester studying solo performance and chamber music through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad, in Vienna, Austria.

An active performer throughout her undergraduate career, Erica has experience performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and large ensemble musician. She held the position as principal flutist in the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, additionally holding section and piccolo positions. Ms. Spear was a finalist in the Hayes School of Music Concerto-Aria Competition and the 2014 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists. In 2015, she won the Appalachian Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, performing Charles Griffes' "Poem" with the ensemble as a featured soloist. She has performed in masterclasses for notable flutists such as Dr. Bradley Garner, Christina Jennings, Lorna McGhee, Goran Marcusson, and Stephen Preston.

Most recently, she has worked as a general music specialist for Wake County Public Schools and as a private teacher and freelancer in the North Carolina Triangle area, also performing a section flutist with the Raleigh Civic Symphony. She is wholly indebted to her teachers, Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Dr. Furugh Karimi Djafar-Zadeh, and Dr. Ulrike Anton.

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Experience

Freelance Flutist and Private Instructor
Jan 2013 - Present
Self-Employed

Teaching private lessons, providing coaching, conducting flute ensembles, teaching masterclasses. Performing in a variety of settings to include dinner parties, weddings, restaurants.

General Music Specialist
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Powell Elementary - Wake County Public Schools

Responsible for creating and teaching Pre-K through 5 music lessons. Lessons covered a variety of subject material to include orff curriculum, music and movement, musical theatre, chorus, piano, and African drumming. Directed four performances a year; two musicals and two collaborative performances within the arts department (dance + music.)

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Counselor
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
Cannon Music Camp

Camp counselor working with high school students ages 14-18. Cannon Music Camp is a three-week, intensive camp for students interested in serious music study. Conducted/ran flute choir, flute sectionals, and taught masterclass for camp flute students.

Education

Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education
Aug 2011 - May 2016
Appalachian State University
Semester Abroad, Music Performance
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015
IES Abroad - Vienna
Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Appalachian State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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