Nadia Banna

Nadia B.

4 Reviews
New York, NY

About Nadia B.

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Nadia teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday


My approach as a piano and flute teacher is to endow each student with the skills and tools needed to improve his/her playing ability, increase musical expression and cultivate continued musical growth both in lessons and in practice time. With nine years of teaching experience, I understand that each student’s learning style, goals and interests vary, and I work to engage and delight every student.

My training in Music Performance at New York University, from which I graduated Summa Cum Laude, as well as my three-year, 1600-hour training to become a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which I completed in 2012, influence my teaching. The Alexander Technique is a method for integrating breathing, movement and postural support. It is invaluable for musicians as a tool to increase performance ability and a sense of ease in the body, as well as for injury prevention and pain management.

Prior to NYU, I studied at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), where I acted as principal flutist of the orchestra and wind ensemble in addition to receiving a scholarship as the flutist of the Liberace Woodwind Quintet.

My musical training started well before university, however. My first instrument was piano, which I studied throughout my childhood and adolescence, with further study at NYU with Jon Holden. I started learning the flute at the age of 10 and studied privately with Laurel Zucker throughout high school, continuing my study with her at CSUS. I then continued my flute study with Gary Schocker, both privately and at NYU.

I continue to improve my knowledge and understanding of music through frequent performances, master classes and study. My goal as a teacher is to teach with the aim of aiding the student’s musical development and provide the student with the skills to continue to learn on his/her own between lessons and beyond.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are organized around a student’s current level, goals and difficulties. I meet students wherever they are in their musical development. During the lesson, I address essential musical elements like tone, technique and musicality and offer new ideas in an environment where rich musical learning can take place.

My training as a certified Alexander Technique teacher allows me to offer physical suggestions for playing the instrument, at any ability level.

I encourage students to choose repertoire and find their own unique musical style, preferences and tastes.

I look forward to joining you on your own musical journey, and seeing how I can help you along the way!

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music, Music Performance, Music Theory, Alexander Technique, Playing-Related Pain and Injury

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Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
French Professional Proficiency
Italian Fluent / Native Proficiency


Alexander Technique Jun 2012
American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)

Certification to teach the Alexander Technique. Requirements include three years and 1600 hours of training, in addition to continued education to maintain certification.

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4 Reviews on Nadia B.

Madeline S. Jul 14, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson with Nadia! My daughter is 13 and extremely happy with the instruction she received. We definitely plan on continuing!
Susan K. Jun 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I had a wonderful experience with Nadia. She is very knowledgeable and is helping me advance in my piano learning
Susan K. May 29, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
Loved working with Nadia
She helped me asvance
Ernest T. Feb 7, 2013
Nadia is an Amazing, Talented, Effective and Kind Teacher........

NADIA is an Amazing teacher! I am a professional Musician (Opera Singer), and always dreamed of playing the Flute. With Nadia's skill as a wonderful flutist and her knowledge of Alexander Technique mixed in with her teaching of the Flute, I have very quickly developed a comfortable and proper position while playing. As a beginner in Flute, I must say that she has truly helped me begin to make some great sounds, sight-read easily, develop Good playing-Habits, and enjoy playing and caring for my Flute. It is RARE to find a Great Teacher who is both "effective" and "kind". I Highly recommend Nadia to ALL those who Love Music and the FLUTE!!