About Shannon S.
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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 ***
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).
Speaks English, Spanish
BA-Performance from Univ of MO-KC, Winona State Univ
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Shannon is a great teacher, very professional and more than accommodating. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Very knowledgeable. Easy to talk to and ask questions.
My daughter's first lesson with Shannon went very well. We look forward to continuing the flute journey with her.
Very good first lesson. Enjoyed meeting Shannon. Looking forward to learning more,
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.Show More
Very experienced and friendly
Very happy with the teacher!
Very skillful teacher and accommodating.
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.
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!
It was just my first lesson but I am very pleased.
Very accommodating for different levels, kind and patient
So far- great!
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.
Very thorough and enthusiastic.
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
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!
Shannon has been great to work with and gears lessons to my learning style and abilities.
Shannon is very thorough explaining the music and clear in her expectations. We plan to stay with her for long term.
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.
Ms. Small was very nice and helpful :)
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!Show More
Shannon is great. Friendly, and knowledgable. I am looking forward to our future lessons.
Im enjoying my lessons with Shannon and Im looking forward to continuing. I think with her I will continue to get better.
Shannon is very experienced and very patient. I looking forward to continuing with Shannon.
We really enjoyed meeting Shannon. She was prepared and great with my son. We look forward to our next lesson.
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.
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!
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!
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.Show More
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
trainer / coach
Baytown Symphony Orchestra
Various orchestras and musical theatre since 1982
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.
teach studio woodwind lessons, fundamentals of music, music appreciation, introduction to music literature, woodwind ensemble. College Music Society Campus Representative.
Houston Community College - Central
teach studio flute and oboe lessons.
Winona Symphony Orchestra
teach studio woodwind lessons. College Music Society Campus Representative.
Army Reserve - Fort Snelling, Minnesota
Perform for events and ceremonies over a tri-state area for all service branches with administrative duties.
Univ of MN
Winona State Univ
Univ of MO-KC, Winona State Univ
Fluent / Native Proficiency
ASHI / ISSA
2nd place age group
Qualified for ITU World Championships; Odense, Denmark
Keep On Truckin Race
Edwin Mellen Pub
Vivian Menees Nelson Foundation
Winona Symphony Orchestra