Michelle Koolian
Pittsfield, NH
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Michelle Koolian

Michelle K.

Pittsfield, NH
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Keeping the performing arts active and alive in my community has always been important to me. I strive to encourage creativity and to help my students flourish by nurturing their musical gift with proven teaching techniques. My teaching model is that of the traditional lesson structure, where I dedicate the first 15 minutes of an hour to learning warm up techniques, scales and music theory. I then focus on an etude to further develop the flute playing techniques needed to play an involved piece of music. The final 30 minutes are spent working on whatever piece of music my student has selected. I often let my student's choose the music they feel most connected to and excited about however, I will also choose for them to ensure they learn what are considered the "flute standards" in repertoire. The traditional lesson style helps to maintain structure within a lesson time frame but I am also flexible and will deviate to focus on areas my students may need extra time on.
Methods used - Beginners: Rubank elementary method for flute, beginners music theory book & flute solo book of your choice. Intermediate-Advanced:Taffanel and Gaubert grand exercises & complete method for flute, Marcel Moyse De La Sonorite, Ernesto Kohler etudes, The Modern flutist Etudes and Caprices, and will start to introduce repertoire considered to be the "flute standards".

About Michelle K.

Passionate about music and flute since a young child, I have over 20 years of experience in solo performance, orchestral and ensemble work. I began my musical career in the 4th grade when first introduced to the flute. After graduating from high school in 2006, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, where I studied flute performance under Wendy Rolfe. Prior to Berklee, I was classically trained under Heather Kent and renowned flutist Gary Schocker, both at his masterclasses in upper state NY and privately when he traveled to the Boston area. Throughout my youth, I played in many ensembles in the Boston area and Northshore, including baroque ensembles with the New England Conservatory of Music and orchestral ensembles with the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 I sat as 2nd flute in the Lowell Philharmonic until I moved to New Hampshire in 2013. Since moving to NH, I have been performing with the Strafford Wind Symphony, frequently play in the Harvard Music Association's Reading Orchestra, Perform at Weddings and teach privately from my home studio. I also continue to attend Gary Schocker masterclasses to stay current and teach new techniques that improve ease of flute playing.

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Christian Koolian
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Michelle has an extraordinary talent. My fiancé and I contacted her to play our wedding ceremony and reception music after I heard Michelle play a solo piece at a winter concert I attended this December. UNBELIEVABLE! We knew we HAD to have her play our music, as we were looking for a more whimsical, classical vibe for the music, rather than the ordinary “press play and hear covers of different songs” vibe.
The way she connects with the music is like something I’ve never seen before. I would highly recommend Michelle for any event that you are looking to host. She also mentioned she conducts lessons-although I am not a musician myself, I believe she would be an excellent teacher!

Posted Jun 15, 2021
Gail Allard
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Michelle is a fine flut teacher. She is knowledgeable, accomplished in her own performance, passionate about the craft of playing, and flexible in accommodating the non-traditional student. As an adult student with previous performance experience, I especially appreciate her willingness and ability to fine tune my current level of performance and keep me on my toes with new material and techniques. I strongly recommend Michelle as a flute teacher for any level of learner.

Posted Jun 15, 2021

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Education

Biology
Sep 2017 - May 2019

Great Bay Community College

Flute Performance
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010

Berklee College of Music

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Fluent / Native Proficiency

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