Michelle Matsumune

Michelle M.

Upland, CA

About Michelle M.

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Michelle teaches: Ages 9 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1998
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Classical performing and recording artist Michelle M. has openings for flute students of any level, from beginner to advanced. Michelle has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. As a teacher, she focuses on learning skills correctly from the beginning, with emphasis on good tone production and healthy body mechanics. She also works with high school students preparing college auditions, and has regular recital opportunities for all students.

"I love teaching private lessons. It's so much fun watching students grow musically and emotionally! My teaching style emphasizes learning CORRECTLY from the beginning, so that bad habits don't form, such as bad posture which can lead to pain down the road. I also pick music which the students know and enjoy, so that playing daily becomes a fun ritual for them.

"Learning musical skills such as theory, composition and improvisation are also part of my teaching style. These things strengthen a student's overall musical knowledge and enjoyment. I also highly recommend that students listen and watch flute performances, either recordings or live concerts.

"Of course, the best part is playing, and I encourage all students to perform as much as possible, whether in my student recitals or in outside concerts. I offer many opportunities for performance, and help prepare students for their own band or orchestra concerts as well."

Photos and Videos

Resonance Flute Consort - Here We Come a Wassailing


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.

Woodwind Coach

Sep 2005 - Present
Los Angeles Youth Orchestra

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


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.


Oct 1999 - Present
Wagner Ensemble


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.

Flute Instructor

Sep 2011 - May 2015
Webb Schools, Claremont, CA

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


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 Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Award Winning CD

Feb 2016
The Akademia Music Awards

First Place Winner

Apr 2012
Beverly Hills Chamber Music Auditions


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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4 Reviews on Michelle M.

Taisiya H. Aug 21, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
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!
Stephanie U. Jan 6, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
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!
Justine G. Aug 14, 2014
Flute · In studio
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!!
Melinda E. Aug 10, 2014
Flute · In studio
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.
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