Mona Sangesland

Mona S.

Boston, MA

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Mona teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: 2006
Last sign in: 4 days ago


I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast living in Boston! I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a flute performance degree and Japanese minor and am now pursuing graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. I believe that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply hard 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 and welcome beginning Japanese students!

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Master of Music in Flute Performance, Music in Education Certification

Sep 2015 - Present
New England Conservatory

Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Japanese Minor

Sep 2011 - Jun 2015
University of Washington

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


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

Concerto Competition Finalist

Nov 2013
University of Washington

Outstanding Freshman Competition Finalist

May 2012
Barbara, Walt, and David Dryfoos Music Award


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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