Michelle Matsumune
Upland, CA
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Michelle Matsumune

Michelle M.

Upland, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All ages and levels of students.

About Michelle M.

My name is Michelle and I have been teaching flute lessons for all ages for over 20 years. Currently, I have students who range in age from 7 to 75, and I really enjoy the variety that brings. I love to start beginners off, to make sure their body posture, tone production and technique are correct, and I also enjoy working with more advanced students. I have spent many lessons getting high school students ready for college auditions, and also have a lot of beginning students who want just want a little extra help outside of school band.

One of the things that sets me apart from other teachers is that I do not teach every student the same way. I am a parent myself, and I have learned the benefits of tailoring the education to the individual student. I enjoy the challenge of figuring out how best to teach for each person, in a relaxed and fun way. While there are standard books that most flute teachers use (and I do too), I try to keep students interested by finding more unusual music or exercises to play. For example, I will bring in jazz or extended techniques to young players, because it's fun for them to explore music that's not just classical.

BIOGRAPHY
Hailed as “possessing rich, mellow flute playing, lovely lyrical style, and excellent breath control” by ClassicsToday.com, flutist Michelle Matsumune is a fourth generation Californian and an avid solo and chamber music performer. In addition to concertizing regularly as a soloist, she has released 4 chamber music CDs: Postcards, with the woodwind trio Ceora Winds, two CDs with the Resonance Flute Consort (Flute Tootin’ Yule and Lights, Camera, Flutes!), and Duo Arioso’s flute and harp CD of Medieval music entitled Cantico. Michelle performs as a singer and flautist for both the choral group Wagner Ensemble and the Independent Opera Company. As a soloist, Michelle has performed flute recitals in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States, and at music festivals in Mexico City and Geneva, Switzerland. With a strong interest in World Music, she toured as the featured soloist with the Southern California Balinese Gamalan Group as well as with Persian pop singer Moein, and performs as principal flute with VASCAM (Vietnamese American Society for Creative Arts and Music). Michelle has worked closely with many contemporary composers including James Tenney, Eugene Kurtz, Adrienne Albert, Peter Wing Healey, P.Q. Phan and Nancy Bloomer-Deussen. She is married to composer Mat Matsumune, and has premiered all of his flute works. In 2020, Michelle created FluteWave, a YouTube channel dedicated to relaxing flute music, which she composes and records herself. Michelle studied flute with Peter Lloyd at Indiana University and received her MFA at California Institute of the Arts.

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Alice L.
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Michelle is an amazing flute instructor. She is very knowledgeable, encouraging and professional. I have two kids that plays the flute. One is a beginner. Michelle was able to help her play her flute with good tone just after one lesson. My other child was a budding intermediate flute player. Michelle was able to help him take his flute playing to the next level. Both kids enjoy their flute lessons every week. I can’t thank Michelle enough for helping my kids build their flute playing skills and more importantly their self confidence in learning something new. I highly recommend Michelle as an instructor.

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Sherrie
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A ray of hope in an all too bleak world

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Robert
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Michelle is a very passionate and caring teacher who really has a heart for her job and students!

Posted Feb 7, 2020
Olivia
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My daughter at age 9 , often asking me “when will be the next lesson mommy “ “ Is it today we have flute lesson, I need to practice first “ I think she can’t get enough of it.
My daughter is a beginner and Michelle help her improving so much that she likes to come back for more. Thank you very much for such a great work. I really appreciated for what you help her.

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Vivian
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Excellent flute instructor!

Posted Aug 16, 2018
Autumn D.
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Michelle is a great music instructor. It is hard to compress so much in an hour but she makes it work. My daughter takes lessons for her flute auditions and it really builds her confidence and flute skills. I look forward to seeing her grow musically and continuing with the lessons. The only bad thing is I wish she lived closer!

Posted Mar 27, 2018
Laura
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Michelle is a fantastic teacher! My daughter has been taking lessons with Michelle for 2 years during the summer months as a supplement to her regular lessons. Michelle has a way of making music fun and enjoyable so that my daughter doesn't get bored or burnt out. Her teaching style is an amazing mix of both fun and effective so that my daughter comes away from her summer lessons with new skills beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Michelle!

Posted Jun 10, 2017
Sean
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Michelle has proven herself to be knowledgeable and helpful in facilitating my return to flute playing after a hiatus of a few years. As an individual having already completed a bachelors and masters degree in flute performance I was looking for someone nearby with the skill, education, and performance experience to help whip me back into shape. Michelle has been able to help me identify and strategize realistic performance goals that take into consideration both my extensive background and my need to re-enter music performance in a low-key way that balances my desire to use music as a creative outlet with having limited time as a parent and professional in a field outside of music. Michelle has given constructive feedback and guidance in using standard flute literature, etudes, and other technical exercises to facilitate me in regaining proper technique and tone production. It has also been a joy to play duets with Michelle and have the chance to practice intonation, musicality, and playing with a high quality musician, as music is meant to be played and shared with others. Having the opportunity to build musicianship in this way with an individual of her caliber has proven beneficial.

Posted Jan 20, 2017
Taisiya H.
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My daughter is a beginner and was struggling with her high notes, and Michelle helped her to overcome my daughter's fear of not making right sounds in one 30-minutes class with her optimism, encouragement, and outstanding knowledge. Michelle is fantastic by making flute lessons interesting! Thank you very much!

Posted Aug 21, 2016
Stephanie U.
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Michelle is a fantastic teacher! My daughter was a beginner student, just starting at elementary school, and we wanted to supplement those lessons. Wow, what a difference it has made! Elaine shows improvement after every lesson and she just LOVES Michelle. She is patient and kind, and very motivational. She has a knack for reaching Elaine and bringing out the best in her. Thank you, Michelle!

Posted Jan 6, 2015
Justine G.
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As a former student, I couldn't feel luckier to have studied flute with Michelle for ~6 years (ages 10-16). During that time, she not only helped improve my technique and skill enormously, but also acted as a hugely supportive, warm and funny presence in my life. Michelle genuinely cared about my progress and very patiently guided me through years of instruction, offering constant encouragement. She always made sure I was thoroughly prepared for every recital, music competition, or youth orchestra that I participated in, and helped me pick music that I always enjoyed playing and practicing. She was also very thoughtful and hands-on in terms of helping me choose a new flute, a music camp, etc., which my parents and I greatly appreciated.

During my time with Michelle, I felt that my lessons were excellently paced—she knew when to push and challenge me, but also made sure I was comfortable with the material, and didn't rush me if something proved more difficult. Over the years, we progressed through theory, breathing techniques, scales, playing with an accompanist or another flutist, etc. in a way that felt very natural and appropriate. Additionally, the relationship we built became very important to me as a student. There were several times that, as an overextended middle- or high-schooler, I seriously thought about quitting flute—but the idea of stopping lessons with Michelle was sad enough to make me reconsider each time. I truly appreciated how much she cared about me both as a musician and as a person, and was thankful in the end to have kept playing with her as long as I did.

Michelle is easy-going and knowledgeable, kind and talented, understanding and wonderful. I will always be so grateful for the kind of instruction and encouragement I received from her—she helped me grow as a musician in every way. Thank you so much!!

Posted Aug 14, 2014
Melinda E.
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My daughter (who is now in college) was a student of Michelle’s from 4th – 11th grade. Michelle is a talented musician, a wonderful person, and a very effective teacher. My daughter really enjoyed her lessons with Michelle - it was always a bright spot in her busy week. She benefited from Michelle’s guidance outside of lessons also – recitals, entering and placing in solo competitions, and auditioning and playing for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. We felt so lucky to have found Michelle – she was an excellent teacher and a wonderful role model - teacher, musician, mother. I recommend her very, very highly.

Posted Aug 10, 2014

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Experience

Performer/Composer
Mar 2020 - Present

FluteWave

FluteWave makes YouTube videos for meditation and relaxation

Flute coach
Aug 2015 - Present

Upland High School

Works with marching band flutes to prepare them for playing their best on the field.

Flute Instructor
Jun 2015 - Present

Claremont Community School of Music

Teaches individual flute lessons to both adults and kids.

Flutist
Oct 2004 - Present

Resonance Flute Consort

Resonance Flute Consort has recorded two CDs of flute ensemble music: Flute Tootin' Yule and Lights, Camera, Flutes! to critical acclaim.

Flutist/Singer
Oct 1999 - Present

Wagner Ensemble

Woodwind Coach
Sep 2005 - Nov 2019

Los Angeles Youth Orchestra

Coaches flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons in youth orchestra sectionals, to prepare them for their orchestra performances.

Flute Instructor
Sep 2011 - May 2018

Webb Schools, Claremont, CA

Teaches individual flute lessons and group lessons, as well as readies the flute students for ensemble performance.

Flutist
Sep 2010 - Dec 2015

Ceora Winds

Woodwind trio Ceora Winds has performed throughout Southern California at locations such as Greystone Mansion and Huntington Library, and has recorded the CD Postcards.

Education

MFA Flute Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2002

California Institute of the Arts

BS Music and Outside Field
Sep 1987 - May 1991

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Award Winning CD
Feb 2016

The Akademia Music Awards

First Place Winner
Apr 2012

Beverly Hills Chamber Music Auditions

Affiliations

Chamber Music America
Sep 2001
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.
National Flute Association
Sep 1991
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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