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My name is Kelly Meholic and I am a private flute lesson instructor. I have about 20 years playing experience and 12 years of experience teaching private flute lessons. In 2009 I graduated from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with my Master's in Flute Performance. Prior to that I attended Florida State University and earned my Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance.
I am very lucky to be able to share my passion for playing the flute with others for a living! It is so awesome to hear how students grow with each lesson and to see them reach their goals whether it is gaining confidence in their playing, making All-State, or winning an audition or competition. One thing that I try to do in lessons is to send a recording after we have finished working on a piece. It is always fun to listen back down the road and hear the progress you or your child has made! I am a very patient person and in my teaching I try to keep the atmosphere positive and encouraging. I have taught in person and online all across the country including Hawaii and even as far away as Italy to all ages and levels, beginning to advanced. You never know what talent is hidden inside that could be brought out with proper instruction. After I had graduated college with my music degrees, I remember my first flute teacher finally sharing with me that I was the only student she ever had that could not make a sound in their first lesson! So you truly never know until you try!
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Lesson Length Recommendations:
Beginner - 30 minute lesson
Intermediate - 45 minute lesson
Advanced - 60 minute lesson
I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and began studying the flute at the age of 12. My interest in music was sparked after weeks of gazing longingly through the window as my twin sister crossed the street to her French horn lessons. I was determined to play an instrument too, so I asked my mom if I could take music lessons. It turned out that there was a fantastic flute teacher who happened to live down the street, so I began walking to my flute lessons. That flute teacher was Betsy Hudson-Traba, principal flutist of what is now the Sarasota Orchestra. Meeting her and starting flute lessons set my life down an incredible journey through music that would eventually take me halfway across the world.
With Betsy's instruction and encouragement, I had much success as a young musician. Throughout high school I played principal flute in Sarasota’s youth orchestra program and was a winner of the Young Artist Competition. I attended Interlochen Arts Camp where I was exposed to many wonderful artists and teachers. With a lot of hard work, I was able to win first chair flute in the FMEA All-State multiple times and also participated every year in the Solo & Ensemble Festival. I loved playing classical music, but fell in love with marching band too and became drum major which ignited my passion for teaching.
Wanting to pursue music as a career, I went on to study with Eva Amsler at Florida State University where I earned my Bachelor of Music in flute performance. Her teaching gave me a greater understanding of tone development, movement, and body awareness. I had a lot of wonderful playing opportunities here and as an undergraduate was playing in the top orchestra. During my time at FSU I was a proud member of the “world renown” Marching CHIEFS, where I served as section leader to 50+ flutes! It was truly incredible having a weekly audience of 80,000 football fans cheering us on. One of my favorite and more unique ensembles I participated in at FSU was the Andean ensemble, Aconcagua. I played the zampona (panpipes) and the quena (Andean flute). I loved it because it gave me the chance to play flutes still, but in a different capacity that was much more free than the classical music setting I was accustomed to.
After undergrad, I decided to go abroad for graduate school earning my Master’s at a small conservatory in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland called the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. I studied under Italian flutists, Mario Ancillotti, Stefano Parrino, and Giovanni Crola. Through their help I was able to refine and demonstrate greater musicality in my playing. Performance was emphasized greatly in lessons and in our school curriculum. I also had many opportunities to pursue my love of travelling and work on my foreign language skills!
After heading home to the States I began my freelance career substituting in various orchestras in Florida including the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. I now live in Acworth, Georgia where I teach private flute lessons and play in the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra as well as serve on the orchestra board as the Personnel Manager. In addition to music, I love spending time with my family, friends, my husband, Vance, and our adorable kitties (Ron & Harry) and sweet dog (Leia). I also enjoy volunteering at church where I work with the elementary age kids, reading, hiking, trying to bake, organizing, and cleaning!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in flute and piccolo solo, orchestral, band, and chamber ensemble playing and also audition prep.
Private Flute Lesson Instructor, Tallahassee, FL and Marietta & Acworth, GA 2005-Present
Southeast High School, Woodwind Instructor, Bradenton, FL, 2010-2012
Substitute Teacher, School District of Manatee County, Bradenton, FL 2010-2012
Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra 1st flute, Alpharetta, GA Present
Sarasota Orchestra, substitute flute list/piccolo, Sarasota, FL, 2009-2011/2006
Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, substitute 2nd flute, Fort Myers, FL, 2009
Sarasota Ballet Orchestra, 2nd flute/piccolo, Sarasota, FL, 2009
Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana Orchestra, 1st/2nd flute/piccolo, Lugano Switzerland, 2007-2009
Orchestra da Camera di Lugano, 1st/2nd flute/piccolo, Lugano, Switzerland, 2008
Florida State University Orchestras, 1st/2nd flute/piccolo, Tallahassee, FL, 2003-2007
American Patriots Band, flute, Marietta, GA, 2012- 2014
Ensemble '900 del Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, flute,
Lugano, Switzerland, 2008
Aconcagua Andean Ensemble (FSU), various instruments, Tallahassee, FL, 2006-2007
Florida State University Wind Ensembles and Flute Choir, flute/piccolo, Tallahassee, FL, 2003-2007
Sarasota Concert Band, flute/piccolo, Sarasota, FL, 2000-2003
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· Flute · Online Thank you Mrs. Kelly for being a great teacher. You are patient, kind, and funny. You make me feel confident playing flute and help me to get better so I can get ,ore opportunities for solo performances. Thank you so much! -Clarisse Lin, Student ☺🎼🎶🎵👍
· Flute · Online Kelly is really awesome. She's knowledgeable, gives great tips and plenty of options to help you solve technical issues. She is also upbeat and very kind. I highly recommend her!
· Flute · Online Kelly has been an excellent instructor! She is always flexible with us. My daughter really enjoys her flute lessons each week and is learning so much!
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· Flute · Online excellent and talented teacher
· Flute · In home My granddaughter McKenzie was new to high school band. She was a little nervous about learning to play the flute and the life of a new high schooler at the same time. Kelly set her fears aside and was very patient with her. We feel blessed to have such a good teacher. The waiting area in her home is very comfortable
· Flute · Online My daughter Clarisse had her first lesson with Kelly today, and we are very happy with how the lesson went. Kelly is professional and skilled as a teacher, as well as a fantastic flutist herself. We look forward to future lessons to take Clarisse's flute playing to a whole different level.
· Flute · Online Kelly is an amazing flute teacher. She is patient and very knowledgeable, and makes sure to address your specific needs.
· Flute · Online 1st lesson went great. My daughter enjoyed it and can't wait until the next lesson. I'm hoping this is something that we can continue.
· Flute · Online Really enjoyed the lesson