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