Laura Thompson

Laura T.

New York, NY

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Laura teaches: Ages 5 to 85
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Teaching since: January 1998
Last sign in: Within two months


I offer private lessons for adults and children.

For young children I use the Suzuki Flute method, starting at age 5 and up. Learning to make a beautiful tone on the flute is key to the Suzuki method, as is parent involvement and learning songs by ear to develop musicianship in the early years. I also teach music theory and reading when students are ready.

Private lessons and group classes offered, yearly recital held in the spring.

Laura, flute and piccolo - BM., MM in flute performance from Queens College, CUNY. Teachers include Samuel Baron, Keith Underwood, modern flute, and Jed Wentz, baroque flute.

Founding member of The Zephyr Trio and Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, co-director of The Ouluska Pass Chamber Music Festival. Guest flutist with the New York Chamber Players, Garden State Philharmonic, NJCU Orchestra, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra and the Green Mountain Opera Festival.

Photos and Videos

Tuning up at the NY Flute Fair


Flute Instructor

Sep 2012 - Present
The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts - Brooklyn College

Principal flute

May 2012 - Present
NY Chamber Players

Flutist and director

Jan 2001 - Present
The Zephyr Trio


Master of Music - Flute Performance

Sep 1995 - Jun 1998
Queens College - CUNY

Bachelor of Music

Sep 1992 - Jun 1995
Queens College - CUNY

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Suzuki Flute Books 1-7

Jun 2015
Suzuki Association of the Americas


Rathaus Family Memorial Award

Jun 1998
Aaron Copland School of Music, Queen College, CUNY

Salerno Award for Excellence in Music

Jun 1995
Queens College - CUNY


Music Teachers National Association

Sep 2012

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

Sep 2010

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.

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Mar 2010

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.

National Flute Association

Jan 2010

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

Jul 2001

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.

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3 Reviews on Laura T.

Carolyn Mar 3, 2016
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.
Randall Mar 3, 2016
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.
Kenneth Mar 3, 2016
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.

Thank you.
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