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Michael H.

Northbrook, Illinois

Flute lessons for all ages and levels from professional performer and experienced teacher!

Friendly and personalized music education by a highly trained and experienced teacher and performer. We begin by evaluating individual goals for the instrument and take it from there. Whether you are a beginner looking to try something new, an intermediate player hoping to improve, or an advanced player preparing for auditions or competitions I will develop a personalized approach to help you achieve success in the most efficient way possible.
About Michael H.

I am a highly trained classical flutist that maintains an active teaching and performing career. I have received Masters and Bachelors degrees in flute performance from DePaul University, and additional training from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While my degrees are in performance, they include extensive coursework in pedagogy and studio teaching, and I love teaching. I have years of experience working as an educator with flutists of all ages and levels with various goals for their instrumental studies. I believe in igniting a passion for music and nurturing this passion into personal excellence based upon each individual's interests and goals. I am more than happy to provide a full resume and references upon request.

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 2007

MM - Flute Performance

Age: 5+

Speaks English

Has background check

Instructor details
Subject: Flute
Audition Prep
Teaches 3 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
Astor Place Northbrook, IL
Teaches Online
Teaches Online

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Teacher's studio

I'm writing this only after the first lesson. Before my son was so frustrated with the flute he even hated the idea of taking lessons. I told him we'll try it and see how he feels after the class. Michael is patient, encouraging and knowledgable. He corrected my son's playing and tuned his flute. Most of all he gave my son confidence. My son told me I hit the bulls eye with my selection of his teacher. He said he can't wait to go next week! When watching I thought they were going quickly but my son seemed to catch on just as quick. I think Michael is aware of his pace and adjust to his students level. His location is isolated and idea for one on one teaching. There was plenty of parking and his location is easy to find.

Posted Mar 2, 2019
Student's home

TL;DR: Sign up now. Do it! Mr. Hoover is talented, professional, attentive, punctual, organized and effective. I've taken music lessons my entire life, and I've had bad, mediocre, good and excellent teachers before. Mr. Hoover is excellent. It _never_ once felt like he was phoning it in or killing time-- lessons were well-structured and tailored to help me achieve my personal goals as a musician. I'm moving away from Chicago for a new job opportunity and am sad to discontinue lessons with him, as I learned a lot in a very short amount of time. I encourage any folks at any age wishing to learn the flute to sign up.

Posted Feb 20, 2018
Student's home

Michael was an excellent flute teacher for my 5th-grade daughter! He's very patient and calm, which is critical for new learners, and gave my daughter a lot of confidence in her ability to play the flute. I highly recommend Michael!

Posted Oct 19, 2015
Aug 2016 - Present
Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago
Flute 2 and Piccolo with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. Including performance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in summer of 2018.
Piccolo/Assistant Principal Flute
Sep 2014 - Present
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra
Professional orchestral piccolo and flute performer with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra.
Flute Instructor
Jun 2012 - May 2022
Ravinia Sistema
Flute Instructor with Ravinia's Sistema Orchestra Program at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School. I also instruct large ensembles, chamber music, sectionals, and composition classes.
Founder, Performer
Jan 2012 - May 2018
Chicago Symphonic Winds
Founder and performer with Chicago Symphonic Winds, a nonprofit performance ensemble dedicated to furthering the tradition of the wind repertoire.
MM - Flute Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
DePaul University School of Music
BM - Flute Performance
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
DePaul University School of Music
High School Artist Diploma
Sep 2007 - Jun 2008
North Carolina School of the Arts
Native Proficiency
Quarter Finalist NFA Young Artist Competition
Aug 2019
National Flute Association
Quarter Finalist NFA Young Artist Competition
Aug 2018
National Flute Association
Apr 2017
William C Byrd Young Artist Competition
First Prize - COFA Young Artist Competition
Apr 2016
Central Ohio Flute Association
Second Prize - FSK Piccolo Artist Competition
Feb 2015
Flute Society of Kentucky
First Prize - Chamber Music - Illinois Division
Oct 2013
Second Prize - Jaqueline Avant Concerto Competition
Jul 2013
Sewannee Music Festival
Finalist - Walfrid Kujala International Piccolo Competition
May 2013
Chicago Flute Club
Second Prize - Orchestral Audition Competition
Aug 2011
National Flute Association
Mary Motl Scholarship Award
Feb 2010
Sigma Alpha Iota, St Louis Chapter
Chicago Flute Club
Aug 2014
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.
National Flute Association
Aug 2014
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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