Shannon Small

Shannon S.

Houston, TX

About Shannon S.

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Shannon teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 1989
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See details of "AFFILIATIONS", "MUSIC" and "FITNESS" below:


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, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at 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.

*** 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, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. 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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A brief introduction


Personal Fitness Trainer

Jan 2010 - Present

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.



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

Languages Spoken


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

CPR Pro / 1st Responder

Jan 1980

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

First Aid / triage

Jan 1980

certified with multiple institutions since 1980. Red Cross, Army, ASHI.
1980, 1994, 1996, 2010, 2014


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.

Bay Area MultiSport

Feb 2010

BAM! is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) triathlon club in the Clear Lake and Galveston Bay area of Houston, Texas. We welcome triathletes, duathletes, aquabikers, and fitness enthusiasts of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. If you are a complete beginner, we have a place for YOU! If you are an experienced racer or serious age group competitor, we have a place and a group for YOU. Whether you are looking to complete your first sprint distance event or are training for a full Ironman event, you will find a home here. We strive to make multisport training a non-intimidating experience. We want to enjoy every minute of time we spend together.

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.

Write a Review

22 Reviews on Shannon S.

Raeann M. Nov 11, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Shannon has been great to work with and gears lessons to my learning style and abilities.
Leah M. Apr 30, 2016
Bassoon · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Ms. Small was very nice and helpful :)
Johnny Brock Feb 2, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
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!
Flo T. Jan 20, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Shannon is very experienced and very patient. I looking forward to continuing with Shannon.
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