Shannon Small

Shannon S.

Houston, TX
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About Shannon S.


MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges,and is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Jessup University and Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises. Her primary sports growing up were track, gymnastics, and cycling.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz

FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and running / multisport (swim/bike/run) coach for 15 years.

She is a sponsored athlete, and a 2018 World Championship Qualifier and Participant in Denmark, representing Team USA, and has also placed in her age group at numerous endurance events.

She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).

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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • BA-Performance from Univ of MO-KC, Winona State Univ
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Reviews (41)

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Sarah M. Dec 27, 2019
Oboe · Online

Nooria A. Sep 13, 2019
Oboe · Online

Shannon is a great teacher, very professional and more than accommodating. Wholeheartedly recommended.

Kayla May 22, 2019
Violin · In studio

Very knowledgeable. Easy to talk to and ask questions.

Cynthia Feb 17, 2019
Flute · Online

My daughter's first lesson with Shannon went very well. We look forward to continuing the flute journey with her.

Theresa G. Jan 27, 2019
Piano · Online

Very good first lesson. Enjoyed meeting Shannon. Looking forward to learning more,

AMBER G. Dec 26, 2018
Oboe · In studio

Great communication and instruction for our first private lesson. My daughter describes herself as awkward and shy and she left really enjoying the lesson, really enjoyed Ms. Shannon and it was just an overall great experience. We look forward to many more lessons to come.

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Amber L. Oct 8, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Very experienced and friendly

Diana Oct 8, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Very happy with the teacher!

Katrina Oct 2, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Very skillful teacher and accommodating.

walid Oct 1, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Wayne Feb 28, 2018
Cello · Online

Ms Shannon has been very accommodating with instruction, since I have some physical challenges. She finds new and creative ways to make things work for me.
I am so lucky to have found her. She's an imaging teacher.

Adalia Feb 28, 2018
Triathlon · In studio

Coach Shannon is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I have gotten both stronger and faster! I even placed 2nd in my age group at my last race! She definitely knows her stuff!

Talia G. Feb 5, 2018
Cello · Online

Eduardo Jan 7, 2018
Cello · In studio

very Good.

Manuel Nov 9, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

It was just my first lesson but I am very pleased.

Adele A. Nov 7, 2017
Piano · In studio

Very accommodating for different levels, kind and patient

Maddie M. Sep 20, 2017
Clarinet · In home

So far- great!

Yuliya C. Jul 25, 2017
Flute · In studio

I have known Shannon for years now: among many talents she has, Shannon is a super positive person and it makes lessons with her fun and enjoyable. She is very attentive in details and is always very helpful, trying to find the best solution.

Maximus G. Feb 26, 2017
Cello · In studio

Very thorough and enthusiastic.

Raeann M. Nov 11, 2016
Flute · In studio

My daughter shared with me that her lesson went well and she was able to accomplish a lot.
Shannon has been great. She is willing to work with us on our crazy schedule and she keeps in touch with me which is very much appreciated.
Thank You Shannon

Jenny Aug 18, 2016
Running · In studio

Shannon is my personal trainer and running coach. She adapts to my body requirements as needed. I'm running better, losing weight, eating better, etc. She's amazing. Results are great! I would recommend her to anyone. Love her!

Barbara Aug 17, 2016
Piano · In studio

Shannon has been great to work with and gears lessons to my learning style and abilities.

Leah M. Apr 30, 2016
Bassoon · In studio

Shannon is very thorough explaining the music and clear in her expectations. We plan to stay with her for long term.

Jay C. Mar 14, 2016
Violin · In home

This was our first lesson and Shannon did a great job assessing my son's needs and teach him in a manner he could relate.

Tara Mar 10, 2016
Oboe · Online

Ms. Small was very nice and helpful :)

Johnny B. Feb 2, 2016
Saxophone · Online

I couldn't have asked for a nicer teacher. The first 15 minutes Shannon helped me get my Skype working right when I thought it was. I liked the patience she had trying to figure out my problem with Skype so I'm sure she will be the same after hearing more of the off tune sax I have :). Thanks Shannon!

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Flo T. Jan 20, 2016
Clarinet · Online

Shannon is great. Friendly, and knowledgable. I am looking forward to our future lessons.

flo Jan 17, 2016
Clarinet · Online

Im enjoying my lessons with Shannon and Im looking forward to continuing. I think with her I will continue to get better.

Carole Fleming Nov 19, 2015
Violin · Online

Shannon is very experienced and very patient. I looking forward to continuing with Shannon.

Ryan F. Oct 23, 2015
Saxophone · Online

We really enjoyed meeting Shannon. She was prepared and great with my son. We look forward to our next lesson.

Wayne Oct 6, 2015
Running · In home

Shannon has been by personal trainer and running & cycling coach for many years now. She has trained me to achieve many training and competition goals in weight lifting, running, and duathlon (run/bike).
I have been able to lose weight and develop more lean muscle. She has taught me how to eat better to achieve my goals as well.
I can't imagine my life without her guiding me toward my fitness goals. I have regained my quality of life thanks to Shannon!
I highly recommend her as a trainer and coach. She will help you create a healthy lifestyle change to live a long and healthy life.

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Melissa R. Oct 6, 2015
Saxophone · Online

Shannon is very personable and obviously loves what she does. She explains things in a very simple and easy to understand fashion. I was comfortable with her right away. I'm excited about playing my instrument!

Gustavo C. Sep 29, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

Shannon does a great job with the lessons, and I really like the way she approaches them. She has been willing to work around my schedule, and it is very helpful. I definitely recommend her as a teacher!

Jon D. Jul 6, 2015
Flute · Online

I have been taking flute lessons from Shannon for about six months now. I am an older beginning flute student. It has been great working with her. She places much importance on fundamentals, getting the embouchure right and developing a good tone. My progress is slow, but i feel that later i will not have to go back and unlearn things. She is also happy to let me include flute pieces i like in the lessons rather than doing only lesson books and the like.

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Lou (ms.) G. Jul 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Shannon tailors her teaching approach and lessons to the student. I am an older student who had limited music knowledge. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience that is fulfilling a deferred and delayed childhood experience!

ye S. May 26, 2015
Oboe · In studio

She is very passionate for every student to study music. She gave me more knowledge! I recommend her to everyone that wants to learn about music!

Louis W. Oct 29, 2014
Cello · In studio

I have been taking seasons from Shannon for a month and a half. I have some unique circumstances and she she to adapt very well. I am having fun learning with Shannon.

Javier F. Jul 18, 2014
Clarinet · In home

Great teacher.

Ann M. Mar 31, 2014
Flute ·

Great teacher

My daughter has been taking flute lessons from Shannon for 2-3 years. She really enjoys her time with Shannon and has learned so much! Shannon does a wonderful job of creating chamber music groups with recitals, in which my daughter was able to take part - definitely nothing that would have been offered in her school at this level! We are very lucky to have found Shannon!

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Gustavo C. Mar 29, 2014
Clarinet ·

Great Teacher!

I am taking clarinet classes with Mrs. Shannon, I appreciate her professionalism, knowledge sharing and dedication during class. She will find the way for the student to understand the concepts and help you progress with your instrument learning.

I definitely recommend Shannon as a music teacher for all levels.

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Christina T. May 29, 2013
Piano ·

Great teacher

My daughter has been taking flute lessons with Mrs. Shannon and she loves her. She enjoys taking them so much that we have included piano lessons. I recommend Mrs. Shannon to anyone who needs music lessons.


President / CEO, Flutist / Oboist
Jun 2019 - Present

Pearland Chamber Orchestra

A new Orchestra in the midst! As our community has grown an orchestra was much needed, so we answered the call. Our concert debut is December 21st, 2019, and we are excited! Our mission: Quality, Character, Community.

Applied Woodwind Faculty - Distance Learning (Off Campus Instructor)
Sep 2018 - Present

William Jessup University

I am presently on faculty teaching applied woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), through a distance learning platform. I am very excited about this position because the world of higher education has been slow to embrace online lessons, even though they have been embracing online academic courses for some time now. Jessup is carving the way to better things, and I am very excited to be a part of an institution moving univ. applied music forward!

Personal Fitness Trainer
Jan 2010 - Present

Leigh Enterprises

trainer / coach

Principal Flute / piccolo
Sep 2005 - Present

Baytown Symphony Orchestra

orchestral musician

Owner / professor / musician / fitness-athletic-nutritional trainer/coach.
Jan 1984 - Present

Private Enterprises

Flute / Piccolo / Alto Flute / Oboe / English Horn / Saxophone
Sep 1982 - Present

Various orchestras and musical theatre since 1982

Orchestral musician

Adjunct Professor of Music
Jan 2003 - Aug 2013

Brazosport College

teach studio woodwind lessons, fundamentals of music, class piano, music appreciation, introduction to music literature, woodwind ensemble, chamber music workshop, traditional and online course formats. created online courses / format. Adjunct Faculty Committee Member. College Music Society Campus Representative. My position was deleted due to financial cutbacks.

Adjunct Instructor of Music
Sep 2000 - May 2011

Lee College

teach studio woodwind lessons, fundamentals of music, music appreciation, introduction to music literature, woodwind ensemble. College Music Society Campus Representative.

Flute / Oboe studio instructor
Sep 2001 - May 2005

Houston Community College - Central

teach studio flute and oboe lessons.

Principal Flute
Sep 2000 - May 2005

Pasadena Philharmonic

orchestral musician

Flute / piccolo / oboe
Aug 1993 - Jun 2000

Winona Symphony Orchestra

orchestral musician

Adjunct Instructor of Music
Aug 1994 - May 2000

Rochester College

teach studio woodwind lessons. College Music Society Campus Representative.

Musician: Piccolo, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Jan 1995 - Dec 1997

Army Reserve - Fort Snelling, Minnesota

Perform for events and ceremonies over a tri-state area for all service branches with administrative duties.


Jan 1996 - Dec 1999

Univ of MN

BS-Music business
Sep 1991 - Dec 1995

Winona State Univ

Aug 1982 - Dec 1987

Univ of MO-KC, Winona State Univ



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Exercise Therapy
Dec 2014


The Exercise Therapy Certification specializes in clients discharged from prescriptive medical care with the need to undergo a supervised fitness therapy program, specifically designed around their condition.
Personal Trainer
Dec 2010


2010, recertifications 2012, 2015
Emergency Oxygen
Feb 2010


Aerobic Training
Jan 1996


First Aid / triage
Jan 1980


certified with multiple institutions since 1980. Red Cross, Army, ASHI. 1980, 1994, 1996, 2010, 2014
CPR Pro / 1st Responder
Jan 1980


CPR. Certified with multiple institutions since 1980 Red Cross, Army, ASHI, ISSA. 1980, 1994, 1996, 2010, 2014


Redman Half Ironman Distance 70.3 Triathlon
Sep 2018

2nd place age group

USAT Aquathlon National Championships
Jun 2017

Qualified for ITU World Championships; Odense, Denmark

Playtri Festival International Distance Triathlon
Jun 2014


Keep On Truckin Ultra Marathon (50k)
Jan 2012

Keep On Truckin Race

Redman Ironman distance Triathlon Race
Sep 2011

Redman Triathlon

Edwin Mellen Book/Recital Contract
Oct 2010

Edwin Mellen Pub

Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award winner
Jan 1996

Vivian Menees Nelson Foundation

American Federation of Musicians
May 1995


WSU music foundation scholarships
Sep 1982

Winona Symphony Orchestra


Houston Racing Triathlon Club
Jul 2011
Houston Racing Triathlon Club “HRTC” is Houston’s oldest and largest Triathlon Club. HRTC serves to educate the beginner triathlete while providing a substantial social and training network for experienced triathletes. We hold monthly meetings, offer an annual sprint distance triathlon and support members at various local triathlons by providing a Club Tent for pre and post race relaxation and refreshments.
Lake Charles Triathletes
Apr 2005
Lake Charles Triathletes are dedicated to helping beginner traithletes in southwest Louisiana. Our T-gator race series has helped many first time racers learn and perfect the sport of triathlon.
North American Saxophone Alliance
Jan 2000
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.
Houston Flute Club
Apr 1999
The purpose and goal of the Houston Flute Club is to cultivate, promote, sponsor, and develop among its members and the general public the appreciation of the flute and flute music through performance, education, and exposure to all varieties of flute-related activities, while providing an encouraging environment for flutists of every level.
International Clarinet Association
Jan 1999
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.
College Music Society, The
Jan 1993
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
American Federation of Musicians
Jan 1993
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
International Double Reed Society
Jan 1990
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.
National Flute Association
Sep 1982
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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