John Ross

John R.

Cincinnati, OH
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching flute for almost 20 years. I have a doctorate in flute performance and have done training and extensive research in body mapping and efficiency of body use. I take a very holistic approach to teaching and playing the flute. Each student is a person, an individual unlike anyone else. Every body is unique and therefore will play the flute differently than other flutists. When I teach, I aim to get to know the whole person in order to effectively work with the flutist. I work to get to know how each student learns and processes information. A flutist cannot become a good musician without making the journey their own. My goal is to give every student their own individual path to reach their goals, while also giving them the tools to use in their own teaching of individual flutists. I emphasize these specific areas in my teaching: the physical aspects of flute playing, including playing position and posture, breath control, sound and tone production, projection and color, technique, phrasing and expression. We will also work on scales, technical exercises, and etudes in a systematic way to achieve overall goals. I hold all of my students to a very high standard, much like I do myself. I believe that any musicians can achieve his or her own goals with diligent and realistic work.
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Flutist John Ross is an accomplished soloist, educator, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. He taught on the faculty of West Virginia State University and currently teaches for the Music for the Sake of Music summer program in Green Bay, WI. He has been principal flute of the Italian-American Opera Festival Orchestra (CA), the Charleston Chamber Orchestra (WV), and has also performed with the Muncie Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and the Charleston Light Opera Guild. Dr. Ross has appeared as soloist with the WVSU Wind Ensemble, the Florida State University Symphonic Band, and the orchestra of Music for the Sake of Music. His flute ensemble Silver Lining Flutes toured around Costa Rica in Spring 2017, performing and giving masterclasses as part of the Promising Young Artist of the 21st Century series. His folk trio Cuttin' Bracken has performed throughout northern Florida, including multiple performances at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, Florida. Dr. Ross attended West Virginia University (BM and MM), Ball State University (AD), and Florida State University (DM), studying with Joyce Catalfano, Thomas Godfrey, Francesca Arnone, Mihoko Watanabe, and Eva Amsler. He is also an Andover Educator in training, pursuing a certification in body mapping.

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Instructor of Flute and Whistle
May 2018 - Present
Sparrow Music Camp

- Daily group lessons and coaching of Celtic and Scandinavian folk music traditions on flute and pennywhistle.

Instructor of Flute
Jul 2015 - Present
Music for the Sake of Music

- Daily private instruction of advanced and adult flute students; coaching of flute chamber ensembles; performance with festival orchestra; and performances of solo and chamber music at the festival Opus performance.

Instructor of Flute and Owner
Sep 1999 - Present
John Ross Flute Studio

- Weekly lessons on flute, piccolo, recorder, and whistle
- Group lessons and masterclasses for state and regional audition preparation

Instructor of Flute
Jun 2016 - Jul 2018
Florida State University Summer Music Camps

- Private instruction on flute and piccolo; daily flute masterclasses and conducting flute choir rehearsals; ensemble auditions for high school and middle school bands, instructing theory courses for middle school band students.

Instructor of Flute
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
Pendleton Heights Middle and High School

- Teaching beginning flute class, private instruction, and chamber ensemble coaching for middle and high school flute students.

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Ball State University

- Private instruction for flute minor and piccolo students; rehearsals of the Ball State University Flute Choir.

Instructor of Music
Jan 2008 - Dec 2014
West Virginia State University

- Applied instruction in flute performance; coaching of various woodwind chamber ensembles; instruction in Music Theory, Music Skills for non- music elementary education majors, Woodwind Methods (teaching flute, clarinet, and saxophone, and working to incorporate oboe and bassoon in the future curriculum), Music Appreciation, and Introduction to American Music; performance with the University Wind Ensemble; and academic advising of music students.
- Serving on the University’s Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Faculty Handbook; and on the Department of Music’s Committee on Student Audition, Admission, and Tuition Assistance.
- Implementation of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance.

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Instructor of Woodwinds
Aug 2006 - Jan 2011
DuPont Middle School

- Supplemental group instruction for students Grades 6-8; section rehearsals for the marching and concert bands; and participating concert band rehearsals.

Student Faculty
Aug 2002 - Jun 2007
West Virginia University Community Music Program

- Assisting in masterclass instruction, coaching chamber ensembles, and teaching basic music theory for WVU High School Flute Camp
- Instructor of Flute, Community Music Program
- Teaching private instruction for Pre-K to Grade 12 students and performing with the West Virginia University Community Orchestra

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Doctor of Music - Flute Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2018
Florida State University
Artist Diploma - Flute Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Ball State University
Master of Music - Flute Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2007
West Virginia University
Bachelor of Music - Flute Performance
Aug 2001 - May 2005
West Virginia University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Body Mapping Licensure Trainee
Dec 2014
Andover Educators

- Studies with Amy Likar, Liisa Ruoho, David Nesmith, Kelly Mollnow Wilson, Rena Urso Trapani, and Andrée Martin


Promising Artists of the 21st Century
Mar 2017
Florida State University College of Music
Convention Performers Competition Winner
Aug 2015
National Flute Association


Pi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2017

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

College Music Society, The
Aug 2014

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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Florida Flute Association
Nov 2013

The Florida Flute Association is a state-wide 501c3 non-profit organization for students, flute teachers, and performers. We hold several events during the year as well as our annual state convention. The annual convention includes various concerts, competitions, scholarships, and exhibits from the flute industry.

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American Federation of Musicians
Nov 2011

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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National Flute Association
Aug 2006

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.

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Kappa Kappa Psi
Apr 2002

Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

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Rebecca Nov 26, 2018
Flute · In studio

Dr. John Ross is an excellent teacher! He helped me take the music I was preparing to record to a whole new level. He has so much knowledge and can present that knowledge in a way that is approachable for students of any level. I am so thankful I got to study with him!!!

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Michael Nov 20, 2018
Flute · In studio

John is an outstanding player and pedagogue. Over a number of years, I've observed John work with students of incredibly diverse backgrounds, ages, and skill levels. With each and every student, John connects with the individual, finding what will help that person rise to their fullest potential as a flute player. Technical progress is a given when studying with John. Additionally, students consistently enter his lessons eager to learn and leave with a renewed drive to grow. I cannot recommend John highly enough.

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