Frances Brodeur

Frances B.

Brooklyn, NY

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Frances teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1986
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Overview

Originally from Massachusetts, I have been teaching children and adults flute for over 20 years. I teach from the very beginner student to the very advanced and I have additional training in the Suzuki Method which is especially helpful for beginning young children. I am primarily a classical flute teacher with extensive experience playing in various classical music settings.

My approach is friendly and patient. As I get to know my students, I can better guide them to accomplish the goal of learning flute but, in the process, I never lose sight o the person whom I am teaching. It has to be a pleasant experience as well as challenging. I have learned throughout the years when to relax my expectations of perfection and when to intensify them. I am looking for a good attitude in my students. My students come to me trying their best during the lesson time and also making time in their schedules to practice. Every student is different and has different goals. I consider the differences while I am teaching them. My younger students don't usually know how serious they are about the instrument. For them especially, it has to be fun and interesting. I make every effort to combine my students in small chamber music groups for recitals. Nearly all of my students participate in regular studio recitals with a pianist provided to accompany them.

My private teachers include: Mindy Kaufman of the NYPhil, Stephanie Mortimore of the MET Orchestra, Linda Chesis of the Manhattan School of Music, Bernard Goldberg of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Philip Kaplan and Paul Fried of the Boston Symphony

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Frances Brodeur

Experience

Music Partner's Teacher

Oct 2003 - Present
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Group Flute Instruction at various NYC Public Schools fostering life skills of working together, listening and group projects all based around the goal of presenting high level bi-yearly performances.

Private Flute Teacher

Sep 1987 - Present
Frannie's Flute Studio

Private Flute, Recorder and Chamber Music Instruction to all levels and ages of students. Audition preparation for College, High School and Middle School. My students have been accepted into New York Youth Symphony, Inter School Orchestras of NYC, La Guardia High School, Lucy Moses Special Music High School, New York University, University of Chicago, McGill University in Canada.

Flute, Recorder and Music Theory Teacher

Sep 1990 - Dec 2000
Brooklyn Music School

Worked with young children in weekly private lessons on flute and developed a new class called, Introduction to Instruments Class for 5-7 year old children using the recorder as a step up instrument to their choice of instruments offered at the school. I taught music theory classes and prepared many students for bi-yearly recitals. While there, I performed regularly in The Brooklyn Music School's Concert Series from 1996-1999

Education

M.A. Flute Performance

Sep 1999 - May 2002
Queens College

B.M. Flute Performance

Sep 1988 - Jun 1992
Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music

Diploma in Flute Performance

Sep 1978 - Jun 1982
Boston Conservatory of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Level 3

Jun 1999
Great Lakes Suzuki Institute for Flute and Harp

Developing the ability to produce a wide variety of tonal colors and dynamic range necessary to perform Book 3 repertoire. More focus on finger technique and duet playing.

Suzuki Level 1A, 1B

Jun 1997
Chicago Suzuki Institute

1A. Beginner Level. Use of a very specific rice spitting technique to develop the musculature necessary for correct tongue placement and embouchure formation. Playing on the Head Joint alone and listening to beginner songs on C.D.
1B. Advanced Beginner Level. Putting Flute together and Playing the Songs provided by the Suzuki Method Book and continuing listening to C.D. of repertoire.

Suzuki Level 2

Jun 1996
Western Massachusetts Suzuki Institute

Phrasing, Breath Control and more advanced finger and tonguing techniques using Book 2 repertoire.

Awards

Soloist

Mar 1999
New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble

Artist Fellowship

Jun 1994
Bowdoin College Summer Music Festival

Affiliations

National Flute Association

Jan 2015

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.

Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Jul 1997

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

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Eamon G Mar 28, 2016
Flute · In studio
I took lessons with Frannie for more than ten years, starting at age 4 in an introduction to music class at the Brooklyn Music School. Through her I found not just a great love for music but a lens through which I discovered and learned about the world. With Frannie, once a week for nearly my entire childhood, I would learn to practice and work at a piece or phrase, or to interpret and have and opinion on music I played, or to play like I mean every note, and so on endlessly. Those skills were some of the earliest and most important lessons I had about how to live and enjoy my life, and art, and how to work hard, and care about what I do for my own sake and no one else's. And I don't believe just any teacher could have done that for me. Since moving on I have often felt a different excitement and deep understanding of music than many of the peers I met who have spent far more time than me studying music.

I'm still a musician. I graduated recently from Bard College with a degree in music and have since played onstage in a very successful off-broadway musical. I've played in many orchestras including with graduate & conservatory students at Bard, with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and at LaGuardia High School (formerly Music & Art). I have moved on to other instruments, and forms of music, but I credit Frances not just for showing me how much I love music but for teaching me in many ways how to enjoy and get what I want from life. I can't recommend her enough.
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Ben Feb 1, 2016
Flute · In studio
My daughter Coco studied with Frances for a number of years. Without question Francis was the best music teacher Coco ever had, and she's had quite a few.
Francis is generous, creative, and inspiring to work with, she has the perfect balance of qualities that a music student needs. She's highly motivating and makes demands of her students which stretch them to achieve their full potential, yet she never pushes past their limits; Coco never felt stressed by her practice but always wanted to fulfill the expectation of excellence which Francis instilled in her. Francis always led by example and was kind, supportive, and a lot of fun to work with. She's also disciplined, reliable, and punctual. I give her the highest recommendation.
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Galina Feb 1, 2016
Flute · In home
Frannie is a great teacher. My son fell in love with flute thanks to Frannie. Her lessons are very productive, she knows her students abilities and leads them to the next level. I would recommend Frannie to anybody.
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Mary Jan 31, 2016
Flute · In studio
Frances was my son's musical mentor. Her patience, generosity, amazing technique, knowledge, and inspiring personality all helped make him the musician he is today. She has a tone that is extraordinary that she passed on to my son. As his private teacher from ages 5-16, she was instrumental in helping him become a professional musician and performer.
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Nazlim Jan 31, 2016
In studio
She is the best teacher that you want your child to have, living, supportive, encouraging, but also having high standards and expecting you to work for it! We could not have asked for more and we love her!
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Pamela Jan 31, 2016
Flute · In studio
Frannie Brodeur taught my daughter to play the flute, read music, join in chamber groups, enjoy band and orchestra opportunities and sail through auditions from third grade through freshman year in college. Her dedication to teaching is huge as is her kindness and thoroughness as a teacher. She is a treasure!
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Ralph M. May 11, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
I was looking for a teacher to learn how to play the flute. I wanted an expert that could put me on track and motivate me to keep doing better. Encouraging me along the way with pointed advice. If you are looking for a terrific flute teacher, you found one .
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Sharon K. Apr 25, 2015
Flute · In studio
Frannie Brodeur has our highest recommendation. Frannie has been teaching our son since he was 7 and thanks to her expert guidance he is, at 15, preparing to audition for Juilliard in a few years. Frannie understands how to work with children and teens: our son always feels encouraged not squashed, respected and appreciated rather than criticized. After 8 years, he still looks forward eagerly to his lessons. Frannie is unfailingly sensitive, patient, and humorous, and it's very clear she enjoys kids. Frannie is also a remarkable flutist, and our son aspires to her gorgeous sound. As a professional musician, Frannie is able to meet students at whatever their skill level.
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Riva .. Apr 11, 2015
Flute · In studio
Franny is a great teacher. She is good at selecting interesting level-appropriate pieces. She has also been very good with helping me with my difficult school band music (in terms of notes, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, etc.) She is always very personable. Franny has always been worth my time, and I highly recommend her!
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Eric T. Mar 5, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Franny has been great teaching my 7 year old daughter Flute. Lessons are relaxed and my daughter always leaves motivated to play. I like that she teaches in part with the Suzuki Method as well as with standard reading practices. I would highly recommend her to anyone starting out.
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