Rachel Soles

Rachel S.

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The flute is an enchanting instrument, and it's so fun to learn! While it can be challenging, after just a few lessons with me, you can be playing some simple tunes. One of my dedicated students played a duet with me after just three lessons! I personally have been playing the flute for 17 years. I have performed in high school and college bands, and have been able to gain some teaching experience in the last few years. Our lessons will cover terminology, note reading, site reading, and technique, especially best embouchure practices.

About Rachel S.

Hello, my name is Rachel. I have been playing the flute for 17 years, ever since I was nine years old. I played in a small beginner band for about three years, during which I was also in school flute competitions. My flute teacher had a strong emphasis on rhythm and counting, for which I'm grateful. That foundation has given me the ability to sight read well.

Later, I went on to play in a community college band for the four years of my high school. This gave me experience playing with a larger group, and tuning with a lot of other flute players. I had to learn extremely high notes for this band, and all the fingering tricks to play those notes. There were a lot of pieces with very fast finger work. Needless to say, this was definitely a time of growth for me in my abilities.

During this time and afterward, I played my flute almost every Sunday at church. In fact, I have now played for church for about 12 years. While playing hymns, I've learned to play up an octave while sight reading, since the low notes on a flute can be hard for a congregation to hear. There have been some Sundays when I played one song up and octave, and the next song as written (back down an octave). It has kept me on my toes for sure.

In 2016, I was so happy to begin teaching flute. The experience I gained has helped me not only to understand the flute better in general, but I've learned good teaching practices. My favorite tips to give new students involve how to get their embouchure just right by imagining you are doing funny things, like blowing out a candle while smiling.

The flute really is a fun instrument to learn. Some of my favorite pieces to play are mournful and enchanting Celtic tunes, but I also enjoy happy and joyful jigs. Currently I'm learning some Bach pieces.

I hope I will be able to expand my student base. It would be rewarding to be able to share my love for the flute with others.

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Susan
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Rachel is an excellent flutist. She was very patient with me, an adult beginner student. She was very encouraging and strove to make lessons musically satisfying by providing songs that were easy for me to play.

Posted Oct 8, 2019

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Experience

Flute Player
Jan 2006 - May 2018

Evangelical Presbyterian Church & Cornerstone Reformed Church

For about twelve years, I played my flute for church services most Sundays.

Flute Player
Jan 2006 - Jan 2010

John A. Logan College Community Band

This was a band that I performed in for about four years. The band required us to perform in both indoor and outdoor venues. We played a range of pieces from classical to movie sound tracks to Broadway play scores.

Flute Player
Jun 2009 - Jun 2009

Wedding Venue

I was hired to be the sole instrument for a wedding.

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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