Mona Sangesland

Mona S.

Kenmore, WA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I grew up speaking both Japanese and English at home and understand the difficulty of trying to juggle both languages! Whether you want to learn a new language, or simply want to brush up on your Japanese skills, I am always happy to be of help! Lessons will include reading, writing, listening, and speaking (both formal and colloquial styles). I typically use the Genki and Tobira books and also like to introduce students to classic and modern Japanese literature as a way to enhance the students’ cultural knowledge. I welcome beginning and intermediate Japanese students!
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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 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.

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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


Fulbright Student, Flute Performance
Jun 2018 - Present
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


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


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


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


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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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.

Photo by Mona S.
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15 Reviews

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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 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.

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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.

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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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