Laura Clapper

Laura C.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My teaching practices are deeply rooted in the philosophy that each student has potential and a musical voice to share. I believe that through open-mindedness, hard work, and dedication, any student can become an effective music communicator.

As a teacher, my first goal is to facilitate learning and growth so that
students may develop their own inner musical voices. My job as a teacher is to spark independent thinking and encourage students to pursue work that is artistically and personally satisfying for them. Ultimately, I want to guide students to become their own best teachers, enjoy the learning process, and discover how music can be a tool for personal expression.

I teach beginning through advanced students of all ages. I emphasize the importance of setting short- and long-term goals with each of my students.
As a studio teacher, I provide an environment for students to
1) explore, 2) have new experiences, and 3) develop good playing habits.
In lessons, we focus on the following: Music Fundamentals, Tone, Technique, Scales, Etudes, Repertoire. Through continuous goal-setting, structured practicing, and positive encouragement, students will enjoy music-making and develop skill on the flute!

About Laura C.

Hello, I'm Dr. Laura C! I'm originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and I just recently moved to Chicago after finishing my grad school work at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, FL.

I am an experienced flutist-pedagogue and have performed and taught internationally in the United States, Central America, and Europe. I have orchestral playing experience, I am an avid chamber music collaborator, and I am a passionate teacher.

I enjoy working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. I have maintained a private teaching studio since 2012, and I offer lessons on flute, piccolo, recorder, and beginning Baroque flute. I love working with students who are enthusiastic about learning, and I emphasize individualized instruction so that I can support different types of students in reaching their musical goals.

At FSU, I studied with Eva Amsler and received my Doctorate of Music in flute performance in 2018, and a Master of Music in Musicology in 2019. I did my undergraduate and master's work at Penn State University with Eleanor D. Armstrong and Naomi Seidman, receiving a BM in flute, BA in French, and MM in flute.

When I'm not playing the flute, I enjoy reading, running, making too many punny jokes, and hanging out with my cat, Theo! :)


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2 Reviews
Nori Ikeda
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I have definitely improved by her basic training and recommended etude.
Her advice is truly fitting for my level up. Improving position, embouchure, control of breath and keeping air.
I also like her sense because she select very beautiful tune matching with my level. Thank you.

Posted Jan 12, 2020
Nori Ikeda
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Posted Nov 24, 2019

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Private Studio Teacher
Sep 2012 - Present


I offer private flute, piccolo, recorder, and Baroque flute lessons.

Director, Collegium Musicum Early Music Ensembles
Aug 2017 - May 2019

Florida State University

Director of Renaissance recorder, crumhorn, shawm, and mixed consorts

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2014 - May 2017

Florida State University

Teaching: applied flute lessons for music majors, flute methods for music education majors, weekly group studio classes, Introduction to Baroque Flute, Piccolo Class Directing: flute choir

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2012 - May 2014

The Pennsylvania State University

Flute teaching assistant, private lessons, directing flute choir, teaching flute methods


Master of Music - Musicology
Aug 2017 - May 2019

Florida State University

Doctor of Music - Woodwind Performance (Flute)
Aug 2014 - Aug 2018

Florida State University

Master of Music - Flute Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014

The Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Arts - French and Francophone Studies
Aug 2007 - May 2012

The Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Music - Flute Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2012

The Pennsylvania State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Selected Performer
Mar 2017

2017 Promising Young Artists Program

Nov 2016

P.E.O. Scholar Award from P.E.O. International

Second Place
Jan 2014

MTNA Northeast Division Young Artist Woodwind Competition

Oct 2013

MTNA Pennsylvania Young Artist Woodwind Competition

Aug 2013

NFA Masterclass Performers Competition


Chicago Flute Club
Sep 2019
The Chicago Flute Club's mission is to foster the highest artistic potential of all its members through teaching, listening and performing. We provide a forum for activities of interest to flutists of all ages and abilities. Our activities are designed to promote, encourage, and nurture appreciation of flute music and technique, as well as provide an opportunity for social interaction among flutists.
College Music Society, The
Aug 2018
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.
Florida Flute Association
Nov 2014
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.
National Flute Association
Jun 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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