Laura Thompson received her training at The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY, where she received a Master of Arts, and a Bachelor of Music, cum laude. As an expert in the Flute Performance, Laura looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Laura's teaching style is friendly, direct, and detail oriented.
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
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.
Early Music America (EMA) is a not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA's members receive a quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletter, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for grants, awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent.
· Flute · In studio Laura did an assessment to determine what gaps might be needing some addressing. She works with my daughter rather than simply directing her. The annual recitals are a casual but clear way of seeing how far these students have come.
· Baroque Flute · In studio Laura knows how to tailor the lessons to your own pace. She challenges and encourages you, but you never feel overwhelmed. Laura’s feedback during each lesson is always positive, honest and encouraging. Her lessons combine issues of musicality and technique, making them varied and interesting, so you never feel bored or that your progress is stalling. Beyond just learning technique, with Laura you will learn and appreciate the joy of playing music.
· Flute · In studio Laura is very very nice. I had no musical ability at all. Now I am learning to read music and keep time. I am learning to finger keys and to use proper embouchure. Music is a life long adventure and she will give you an excellent beginning.