Mona Sangesland
Jamaica Plain, MA
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Mona Sangesland

Mona S.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing the flute for over 15 years and am excited to teach students of all ages and abilities! I structure my lessons around the students’ goals, whether it is to play professionally or simply as a hobby. This allows students to progress at a comfortable rate and grants them freedom of repertoire choice, while still encouraging a strong foundation in fundamental skills (breathing, phrasing, technique, posture, music theory). Lessons also focus heavily on body awareness, so as to prevent common injuries.

The 15-minute lesson option is meant for students who wish to take recorder lessons as preparation for future flute-lessons. The 15-minute price is equivalent to a 30 minute recorder lesson.

About Mona S.

I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast currently living in Boston, MA! I hold degrees in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Washington, and recently completed my Fulbright year at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. I believe that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply focused and deliberate work! I therefore create a positive and encouraging environment for all of my students, while still setting challenging goals. Additionally, I tailor my teaching to fit each student’s needs so that learning potential can be maximized. Stylistic choices in musical expression/phrasing are encouraged through the incorporation of music theory, music history, and ear training skills into lessons. I also believe that body awareness is important, and will include stretches and practice methods into each lesson, so students can practice efficiently and prevent injuries!

I grew up speaking both Japanese and English (my mother is Japanese) and received a Japanese minor in 2015 from the University of Washington. I welcome beginning and intermediate Japanese students of all ages! Students will work out of the Genki I, Genki II, and the Tobira textbooks. Japanese lessons focus on reading and writing the three alphabets, vocabulary memorization, and speaking standard (formal and informal) Japanese at the conversational level. Students are additionally encouraged to research cultural aspects about Japan to supplement their language development.

If you have any questions or concerns about Japanese or Flute lessons, please don't hesitate to contact me!

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Alex
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Had a great lesson.

Posted Oct 23, 2020
Giselle
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Mona is a very nice and patient teacher.

Posted Sep 25, 2020
Robert
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Posted Sep 12, 2020
Vince A.
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Great first lesson Mona. I learned quite a bit during my first lesson. She made me feel comfortable speaking Japanese which is what I've struggled with the most.

Posted Sep 4, 2020
Sean
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Posted Aug 28, 2020
Yona T.
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Posted Aug 13, 2020
Madison
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My daughters first lesson today and she is already happy. Been tough since the quarantine on her. First time she has been happy in a while. Good job!

Posted Jul 30, 2020
Leyla C.
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Posted Jul 18, 2020
Lori
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Her pacing is great and makes sure that I understand the material as well as go over old material if I need help on it. She also always takes pauses to make sure I have everything written down as well as time to ask questions and explain her answers. Her teaching method is understandable and paced but is also challenging. Great teacher and I am excited for more lessons.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
Theresa Q.
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Posted Jun 27, 2020
Yang-Fan C.
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Our first initial experience was very positive, as was Mona. I enjoyed the extra attention to details, such as trying different playing techniques. As oppose to repeating the same technique to get different results. My son already looks forward to his next lesson with Mona.

Posted Jun 19, 2020
Lindsay J.
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It was a first great experience. My daughter is excited for the weekly lessons with Mona.

Posted Jun 13, 2020
Vilma S.
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My daughter feels very comfortable with Mona. She is very excited and learning a lot. Great teacher Mona :)

Posted May 28, 2020
Nico
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Mona is a fantastic instructor for my 12 year old son. I foresee him learning much from her teaching style. Thanks, Mona!

Posted May 27, 2020
Antonio
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Great first lesson

Posted May 9, 2020
Olena
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She is patient and kind.

Posted Apr 21, 2020
Chris
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Posted Mar 26, 2020
Heidy R.
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Posted Mar 13, 2020
Olena
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She is very patient and kind.

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Robert
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coolio

Posted Mar 7, 2020
Kelvin J.
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Teacher is very understanding, and does not leave you confused.

Posted Feb 29, 2020
Zairea
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Posted Feb 28, 2020
Heidy
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My first class was perfect! Really enjoyed it! Thank you!

Posted Feb 28, 2020
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Posted Feb 21, 2020
Diana

Thank you!

Posted Feb 12, 2020
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Posted Jan 11, 2020
Arwen V.
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Posted Dec 19, 2019
Olena

Mona is very patient and understanding.

Posted Oct 8, 2019
Robert
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Ian P.
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Posted Aug 16, 2019
Deandre
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Very clear explanations and very patient.

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Raphaella
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It was great! Mona immediately made me and my daughter comfortable and jumped right into reaching my daughter. My daughter couldn’t be more excited.

Posted Aug 5, 2019
Will
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Chris
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Ray
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Buddy
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Very flexible, respectful, and supportive.

Posted Jul 4, 2019
Leyla C.
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Posted Jun 29, 2019
Lynette H.
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I truly enjoyed my lesson with Mona! She is very patient and excellent at communicating. I look forward to continuing my lessons with her.

Posted Jun 2, 2019
Mickey
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Mona was very professional and well prepared for our first lesson. We got right to the meat of the subject and I learned a lot in only a single session. She adapted the pace and the content of the lesson to match my pace of learning which is very much appreciated. I look forward to learning more!

Posted May 30, 2019
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Posted May 21, 2019
Olena
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Posted May 12, 2019
Rajnish F.
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A very nice way of teaching. Really love the way she teaches.

Posted May 11, 2019
Alexander F.
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Mona has been very accommodating with my son and his schedule! He has been able to complete many assignments because of her excellent tutoring skills!

Posted Apr 21, 2019
Jessica M.
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Posted Apr 7, 2019
Carolina
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My son enjoys the classes with Mona. She is amazing! My son is learning Japanese, and he is eager to improve every class.

Posted Feb 13, 2019
Robert
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Posted Feb 10, 2019
Carolina
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Perfect teaching methots

Posted Feb 1, 2019
Will
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Posted Jan 13, 2019
Vanessa L.
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Posted Jan 11, 2019
Niko I.
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Thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson with Mona! She speaks clear and makes it easy to understand the context of the lesson.

Posted Jan 6, 2019
Leyla C.
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Posted Dec 15, 2018
Anna
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Posted Dec 11, 2018
Valentina C.
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First lesson was great! Valentina really enjoyed it and is very excited about learning Japanese! Thank you :)

Posted Dec 1, 2018
Olena
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Mona is very professional, knowledgeable and supportive. My daughter said after her lesson: "Mona is the best teacher ever!!!". We are very excited for more lessons!
Olena

Posted Nov 4, 2018
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Posted Nov 4, 2018
Ian P.
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Very helpful for someone who's learned Japanese informally over the years!

Posted Oct 9, 2018
Vanessa
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Mona has been working with my 11- year old daughter for several months now. She is very professional, reliable and punctual.....but most of all, she makes learning Japanese fun!!
My daughter looks forward to Japanese class every week with Mona, and is enjoying the learning process.
I can't say enough, how easy and efficient it is for me to work with Mona, especially being a Busy Working Mother.

Posted Oct 8, 2018
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Amanda
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Posted Jun 5, 2018
Riley G.
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Three lessons and so far as good. She seems to be working well with my son and always follows up with me via email to let me know how things went and what was covered!

Posted May 10, 2018
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Warren M.
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Terrific first lesson. Almost immediate improvement in tone thanks to a few simple, easy to remember cues. Stretching exercises and body stance were emphasized as a foundation to build for quality sound as well as care to prevent injury.
I almost can't wait for my next lesson.

Posted Dec 19, 2017
Rebecca
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Mona knows what she's doing and is very kind. Not only are the links that she sends you during the lesson helpful but she explains when you'd use the words and helps you understand the appropriate situations for when you use them. She is very friendly and a wonderful teacher that will listen to your questions and answer them and her answers are never halfhearted. I completely would recommend her as a Japanese tutor/Instructor if you wish to learn how to speak and write Japanese while still having that relaxing environment.

Posted Jul 9, 2017
Sean
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Lessons are going great and my son is learning a lot fast!

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Yousef A.
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that my 2 clas I like it. she is good she tray to tech me like how I want to learn. bout this time she is knot that active. bout I stell recommend hear for you.

Posted Jan 4, 2017
Yousef A.
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she is so good Japanese teacher. she tech in a active way. and she even tech by singing not only from book. so I recommend hear for Japanese lessons she is the beast Japanese teacher.

Posted Dec 13, 2016

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Experience

Music-in-Education Departmental Assistant
Sep 2016 - May 2018

New England Conservatory

Eurhythmics Teaching Assistant
Sep 2015 - May 2018

New England Conservatory Preparatory School

Music Director
Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

Shanti Bhavan Children's Project

Education

Alexander Technique Teacher Training
Sep 2019 - Present

Alexander Technique Training Center (Boston, MA)

Fulbright Student, Flute Performance
Jun 2018 - May 2019

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

Graduate Diploma in Flute Performance
Sep 2017 - May 2018

New England Conservatory

Master of Music in Flute Performance with Academic Honors, Music in Education Certification
Sep 2015 - May 2017

New England Conservatory

Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Japanese Minor
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015

University of Washington

Languages

Japanese

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

First Aid/CPR/AED Certified (adult and pediatric)
Dec 2016

American Red Cross

Awards

Graduating "Spark" Award for Entrepreneurship in Music
May 2018

New England Conservatory

J. William Fulbright Scholarship Award Recipient
Mar 2018

Fulbright Program

Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant
Mar 2017

New England Conservatory

Don Bushell Young Artist Competition Finalist
May 2015

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Young Artist Competition Winner
Mar 2015

Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra

Concerto Competition Finalist
Nov 2014

University of Washington

Affiliations

National Flute Association
Jan 2013
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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