Mona Sangesland

Mona S.

Boston, MA
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Mona delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

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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Music Director
Jun 2017 - Present
Shanti Bhavan Children's Project

Music-in-Education Departmental Assistant
Sep 2016 - Present
New England Conservatory

Eurhythmics Teaching Assistant
Sep 2015 - Present
New England Conservatory Preparatory School


Graduate Diploma in Flute Performance
May 2017 - Present
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


Professional Proficiency


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


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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8 Reviews

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Riley G. May 10, 2018
Japanese · Online

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!

Ruth .. Apr 28, 2018
Japanese · Online

Robert Feb 3, 2018
Japanese · Online

Warren M. Dec 19, 2017
Flute · In studio

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.

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Rebecca Jul 9, 2017
Japanese · Online

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.

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Sean Jun 13, 2017
Japanese · Online

Lessons are going great and my son is learning a lot fast!

Yousef M. Jan 4, 2017
Japanese · Online

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.

Yousef M. Dec 13, 2016
Japanese · Online

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.

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