Kerri Arakawa

Kerri A.

Aubrey, TX
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Flute

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have over 20 years experience teaching flute players ranging from beginners through advanced. We work hard and have a lot of fun!

Many of my students have had successful auditions for honor/state groups and youth orchestras, and have won scholarships for college. My local students perform several times throughout the year in studio recitals, local flute events and giving back to the community. I work with my online students to find ways for them to perform as well.

I love teaching and watching my student achieve new goals and play things they thought were impossible. Everything takes work, but with repetition, encouragement, and fun, it is all possible!

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About

Kerri delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1994

I believe that each student will be successful when they enjoy learning and have something concrete to show for it. It is my privilege to work with students to achieve their goals in an encouraging, fun, hard-working environment.

I have worked for over 20 years with many different kinds of students. Some enjoy playing for personal enjoyment, while some prefer the competitive route. I've been trained and worked with students of all abilities. I've worked with young flutists who require a special head joint to play, more mature students who play to keep their brain active and healthy, and everybody in between. Several of my students have chosen to pursue a career in music and have earned scholarships at their respective universities.

In our flute studio, we perform several times per year at studio recitals and concerts for the infirmed and elderly. We attend local flute events, masterclasses, and festivals together. Music is meant to be shared, and we enjoy sharing!

I hold a CA teaching credential and am cleared with 6 charter schools in Orange County.

My family and I recently moved to Texas. I am excited to work with the Texas Flute Society and meet the local flutists!

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Experience

Flute Coach
Jun 2011 - Present
Wildwood Music Camp

Coach the flute section at the Intermediate Camp for Wildwood Music Camp.

Choose music, rehearse, conduct flute ensemble.
Hold daily masterclass.
Teach private lessons.
Assist band/orchestra directors during rehearsals.

Private Flute Instructor
Sep 1994 - Present
Arakawa Music

Teach private lessons
Prepare for auditions
Perform Concerts

Director
Jun 2009 - Jun 2019
Orange County Flute Association

Conduct the student and adult ensembles for the Orange County Flute Association.

Plan, prepare and hold several concerts per year.

Flute Coach
Jul 1994 - May 2019
Various Middle and High Schools in Orange County, CA

Hold weekly sectional rehearsals for local schools
Audition flutists for chair seating

Public School Band/Orchestra/General Music Instructor
Aug 1999 - Jun 2012
Irvine USD, Capistrano USD

Teaching Elementary Music in public school
Orchestra/Band 4th-6th grade
General Music K-3rd grade


Education

CA Teaching Credential
Aug 1998 - May 1999
California State University of Long Beach
BM Music Education
Aug 1994 - May 1998
California State University of Long Beach

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CA Teaching Credential
May 1999
California State University of Long Beach

Bachelor of Music Education

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California
Jul 2015

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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SCSBOA
Sep 1999

The SCSBOA will support student and teacher growth in music education through its activities and promote the development of lifelong skills.

National Flute Association
Aug 1999

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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Marilyn Oct 13, 2019
Flute · In home

I do not have enough positive words to say about Kerri. She is AMAZING and WONDERFUL. I was very skeptical of taking lessons from someone I found randomly on the internet but turned out she has been an incredible teacher and awesome mentor. She has taught me to play high notes in just two lessons. I am a beginner student and she has been so patient and given me great tactics to get my embouchure and aperture correct. I look forward to every lesson with her and am excited to practice! She is the most incredible teacher EVER! If you need or want to learn flute then shop no further as she knows so much about flutes, music, and just generally a very warm and incredible teacher.

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