Michelle Matsumune

Michelle M.

Upland, CA
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Lesson Details

Flute

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All ages and levels of students.
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About

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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1998

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."

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Experience

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.

Flute Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Webb Schools, Claremont, CA

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

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.

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

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.

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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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Photos & Videos

Resonance Flute Consort - Here We Come a Wassailing
Ceora Winds, promo video
Michelle Matsumune

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Ceora Winds

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Ceora Winds "Postcards" CD cover
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6 Reviews

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Laura Jun 10, 2017
Flute · In studio

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!

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Sean Jan 20, 2017
Flute · In studio

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.

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Taisiya H. Aug 21, 2016
Flute · In home

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!

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Stephanie U. Jan 6, 2015
Flute · In studio

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!

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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!!

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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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