Mona Sangesland

Mona S.

Jamaica Plain, MA
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Lesson Details

Flute

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have been playing the flute for over 10 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). Lessons also focus heavily on body awareness, so as to prevent common injuries.

See all subjects

Mona teaches

Loading-circle

About

Mona passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Mona delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2006

I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast currently living in Seattle, WA! I hold degrees in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Washington, and will continue my studies on Fulbright at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland this fall. 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! Students and I work out of the Genki I, Genki II, and the Tobira textbooks. Japanese lessons focus on reading, writing, and speaking standard Japanese at the conversational level.

Show More

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.

Show More

Photos & Videos

Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D major, op. 94
I. Moderato
II. Scherzo
III. Andante
Jolivet: Pastorales de Noël
I. L'Étoile
II. Les Mages
III. La Vierge et L'Enfant
IV. Entrée et Danse des Bergers
Mozart: Concerto in C Major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, KV 299 I. Allegro
Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna
Photo by Mona S.

View
Photo by Mona S.
+ 2 more

42 Reviews

Write a Review
Olena Oct 8, 2019
Japanese ·

Mona is very patient and understanding.

Robert Aug 31, 2019
Japanese · Online

Ian P. Aug 27, 2019
Japanese · Online

A.J. (. Aug 16, 2019
Japanese · Online

Deandre Aug 10, 2019
Japanese · Online

Very clear explanations and very patient.

Raphaella Aug 5, 2019
Japanese · Online

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.

Will Jul 29, 2019
Japanese · Online

Chris Jul 26, 2019
Japanese · Online

Ray Jul 10, 2019
Japanese · Online

Buddy Jul 4, 2019
Japanese · Online

Very flexible, respectful, and supportive.

Leyla C. Jun 29, 2019
Japanese · Online

Lynette H. Jun 2, 2019
Japanese · Online

I truly enjoyed my lesson with Mona! She is very patient and excellent at communicating. I look forward to continuing my lessons with her.

Mickey May 30, 2019
Japanese · Online

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!

Show More
Arwen V. May 21, 2019
Japanese · Online

Olena May 12, 2019
Japanese · Online

Rajnish F. May 11, 2019
Japanese · Online

A very nice way of teaching. Really love the way she teaches.

Alexander F. Apr 21, 2019
Japanese · Online

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!

Jessica M. Apr 7, 2019
Japanese · Online

Carolina Feb 13, 2019
Japanese · Online

My son enjoys the classes with Mona. She is amazing! My son is learning Japanese, and he is eager to improve every class.

Robert Feb 10, 2019
Japanese · Online

Carolina Feb 1, 2019
Japanese · Online

Perfect teaching methots

Will Jan 13, 2019
Japanese · Online

Vanessa L. Jan 11, 2019
Japanese · Online

Niko I. Jan 6, 2019
Japanese · Online

Thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson with Mona! She speaks clear and makes it easy to understand the context of the lesson.

Leyla C. Dec 15, 2018
Japanese · Online

Anna Dec 11, 2018
Japanese · Online

Valentina C. Dec 1, 2018
Japanese · Online

First lesson was great! Valentina really enjoyed it and is very excited about learning Japanese! Thank you :)

Olena Nov 4, 2018
Japanese · Online

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

Olena Nov 4, 2018
Japanese · Online

Ian P. Oct 9, 2018
Japanese · Online

Very helpful for someone who's learned Japanese informally over the years!

Vanessa Oct 8, 2018
Japanese · Online

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.

Show More
Robert Aug 4, 2018
Japanese · Online

Will Jun 18, 2018
Japanese · Online

Amanda Jun 5, 2018
Japanese · Online

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.

Show More
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.

Show More
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.

You may want to revisit

Previously viewed teachers: