- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Having started piano at the age of 7, I was taught music theory at a very beginning of my music education. I studied it throughout my childhood and into my collegiate years. I can teach this subject in detail and help the student develop a clear understanding of the music that they read and play.
- Teaches students:
- Females 7 to 80, males 7 to 17 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 2003
** If you would like to purchase lessons with me and don’t see a time that works for you, feel free to send me a message so I can add you to my wait list. My schedule tends to change often, so I will try to accommodate anyone that is dedicated and serious about taking lessons.
My interest in music began at the age of seven when I began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, I began playing the flute. I received my Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where I studied flute with Sara Andon. There, I performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During my third year at university, I studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.
In 2013, I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where I studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, I performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. I currently reside in Irvine where I teach private flute and piano lessons and perform with local ensembles.
*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.
In my studio, students will have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as sight reading, music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons.
My three expectations:
1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)
2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just be sure to learn from those mistakes so that you can take something away from each experience.
3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and even sitting in on the lesson to take notes. This way, you can reinforce what we accomplished during the lesson at home together. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!
*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.
Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
I have been teaching private flute lessons in a variety of locations since the age of 16. I have worked with students of all ages and backgrounds, including students with special needs.
Private piano instructor.
Private instruction in Flute and Piano.
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Sheila helped my daughter improve her sound a lot from just the first lesson. They communicated great. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Sheila is awesome! She made my daughter feel comfortable at her first lesson and explained things clearly. We would definitely recommend her!
What is there not to love about Sheila! My six year old responds to her well, "Mommy, Ms. Shiela is clear and she makes it fun!"
Super nice instructor and she is really helpful with my technique and playing!
Sheila’s fantastic! My 12-year-old loves her and has learned a ton in just theee lessons. Highly recommend!
My 11 year old son got his first online private lesson with Sheila and was just ecstatic about it. Sheila was engaging and inspiring and my son learned something new within the first half hour. We're definitely signing up for more.
only three words ........ BEST TEACHER EVER (written by a 11 yr old Flutist
Shiela is one the best flute teacher my daughter ever have!! In 5 sessions my daughter had advanced on her skills.
Sheila made me feel very at ease and comfortable. I can't wait to take my next lession!
My son did enjoy the first lesson with Ms. Sheila
Best piano Teacher!!! My children love Sheila and enjoy learning piano because. I am so thrilled!
My first lesson with Sheila to now I think I've improved a lot because of Sheila!
Thank you for giving me tips for they songs so i could play them much much better!
Thank you for helping me with the tide notes and making the notes more clear in the songs. I have accomplished so many songs because of you!
Thank you for helping me make my notes more clear, helping me make my notes more clear and better, also helping me make my songs more clear!
Thanks for really helping me improve on making my sounds more clear and helping me start with my tongue and helping me get through a lot of songs that are helping me!
My daughter, Lauren, is basically a total beginner, and Sheila really helped her make a proper sound on the flute. Lauren really enjoyed her lesson, she’s eager to practice what they worked on, and she said she would give the lesson 5 Stars!
thank you so much for helping me understand the notes better and helping me make my notes more clear!
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hey shes really nice and patient and kind before her i didnt even know how to play a E know im a flute player for my schools prefomance she is awsome bets teacher ever /im 10 years old
My daughter is happy to have Sheila.
Sheila is a great teacher, very knowledge and patient. We absolutely like her lessons.
Sheila is very patient and knowledgeable. My daughter is brand new to the flute and plans to play in her elementary school orchestra. We purchased 5 classes to get her started. Sheila really helped get her set up so she will be more confident when she starts music at school. We hope to take more classed from Sheila in the future.+ Read More
Kind, patient and knowledgable! Great fit for our family!
My granddaughter has really taken to Shelia. My granddaughter has had other piano teachers, and she prefers Sheila best of them all.
Very dedicated, thorough, caring and use her time wisely, my daughter has been taking lesson at school for 7 months now, she was about to give up, Now she is excited, gained confidence and self worth. Thanks Sheila.
Sheila's been teaching my daughters flute and piano for 6 years. She's a caring, comfortable teacher and is able to adjust to the kids abilities and moods- and does it with a smile!
Sheila has been a great instructor for my 13 year old daughter who wanted to switch from classical to popular music.
We met Sheila when she was my daughter's orchestra flute instructor. My daughter was so enthusiastic about Shelia that we invited her to continue private lessons at home. Sheila is warm, supportive, knowledgeable, and incredibly inspiring. She is an excellent flute mentor and my daughter is excited to practice daily. We highly recommend Sheila!+ Read More
Cali loved her lesson today! She is excited to keep learning.
She is understanding, and really instills not only musical skill, but a love an excitement for the instrument!
Fun to work with, friendly, good teacher
Sheila taught my son flute for the academic year 2013-14 in our home once per week. She was able to supplement instructions with what he was doing in school music. She had a great relationship with him and he looked forward to his lesson every week. He improved greatly in his music skills over the course of the year and was asked by Sheila to perform in a recital at the end of the school year. Sheila was a very good music teacher and her academic training was clearly reflected in her teaching a great plus! I would highly recommend her for flute lessons.+ Read More
Sheila has been teaching my son for more than three years and my daughter for more than one year. Both have a wonderful connection with Sheila and have seen tremendous growth and improvement during the time they have been studying piano with her. She is always punctual and prepared for lessons.
While she has high expectations for her students, she is also kind and works very well with younger students.
Sheila is a great flute instructor. Her attention to detail and knowledge of flute performance help shape every flute piece we work on. She is very pleasant, understanding, and kind. She gives good feedback and sets reasonable weekly expectations. I have improved greatly in the time that I have been working with her. With Sheila, you will be looking forward to the lessons, instead of dreading them :)))!!+ Read More
Great motivator and a wonderful instructor
Sheila has been working with my daughter for the past three years and I am very happy with the result. She is very patient and works well with children. I believe that if it wasn't for her my daughter might have lost interest in piano as children do with many things, however she rather looks forward to her sessions and seeing Sheila. When my daughter plays for us at the house it makes me very proud. Thank you Sheila!