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.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1998
MFA Flute Performance
Teaches ages 9+
Speaks English, French
Has background check
Michelle is the best of the several instrumental teachers I have had over the course of my life. She spends a lot of time and effort to find solutions to the student’s specific problems rather than taking a one size fits all approach. I can recommend her without hesitation!
Michelle is very helpful and always courteous, even though I am a busy working professional who is just learning for the fun of it. I feel like in a few short weeks, I've moved leaps and bounds. I finally learned to tongue on the flute... which I have been trying to do for months before I started working with her. In any case, she's really kind, supportive, highly skilled, and has a talent for explaining things in a way that I understand. I would recommend her to anyone. :)
Michelle is an incredible flute player and instructor who is very knowledgeable and she really helped me to greatly improve my technique and tone in a short amount of time. She's great at giving constructive feedback and tools to help me along my journey. I've learned so many new techniques from her to help me take my flute playing skills to the next level. Thank you!