Steph Dressler
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Steph Dressler

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Want to become an amazing flutist? I can help! I have both a bachelor's and master's in flute performance and have taught over 1000 flute lessons. I love this instrument and I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals. Check out my page for more information about your lessons!

About Steph D.

Hello! My name is Steph and I can't wait to hear you play! I will absolutely enjoy teaching you regardless of your age or playing ability.

Beginner students: We will mostly work on pieces out of Kathy Blocki's flute method books as well as exercises composed by myself to make sure your fundamentals are solid from the beginning. Plan on learning new notes and rhythms each lesson as well as having scale and playing assignments. You will learn a lot each week while having a super awesome time.

Intermediate students: We will be working on honing the fundamentals (tone, technique, articulation) through various etudes and intermediate solo pieces, depending on playing ability. Vibrato will be introduced as well as phrasing, breathing, and everyone's favorite: intonation! Weekly assignments will include memorizing scales and preparing all pieces covered in lessons. Prepare to take notes and laugh frequently at my jokes!

Early-Advanced students: We will learn about body awareness and work on playing without tension. We will work on developing tone colors (warm, sweet, bright, hollow, etc.), developing technique through daily exercises, as well as further developing the fundamentals. We will work on repertoire for your auditions, more advanced solo pieces, etudes, and technical exercises. Weekly assignments will include practicing at least 45 minutes per day to have material fully prepared for the lesson. You will get really good at taking notes!

Always remember: The more effort you put into your lessons, the more you will get out of them. Most of your growth as a musician will happen while you are practicing. If you come to lessons fully prepared, we can learn new material each week and continuously hone your skills. You will also make me a very happy teacher. :)

Bio:

Steph Dressler is a versatile flutist, enjoying both the classical and contemporary realms of performance. Selected as a 2019 Fellow for the Impulse New Music Festival, she collaborated with a cohort of composers and instrumentalists to premiere eight new works at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Steph is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in contemporary classical performance at Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she studies under the tutelage of Tara Helen O’Connor. While attending the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, she performed regularly with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Purchase New Music Project, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble. She has had the privilege of learning and performing at numerous summer music programs, including the Consummate Flutist at Carnegie Mellon University, Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound Workshop, and ARIA International Summer Music Academy. Her most memorable masterclass performances were those with Lorna McGhee, Alexa Still, Alberto Almarza, Jill Felber, Amy Porter, Paul Edmund-Davies, and Mark Sparks.

Her primary teachers include Tara Helen O’Connor, Roberta Michel, and Tracey Schmidt-Jaynes.

In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, reading, eating desserts, and studying languages.

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Lisa Eichler-Johnson
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Amazing with our middle school child! She has been our child’s teacher for over a year. Patient, friendly, makes it fun, and she’s responsible and on the ball with any scheduling updates. Blessed to have found her!

Posted Jan 17, 2021
Michael S.
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Almost 3 years of great classes now. Steph is on the East Coast and I'm on the West Coast. Am learning Bach, Haydn, Telemann and more. I couldn't be musically happier.

Posted Dec 6, 2020
Antonio C.
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Bye! See you next week!!!!

Posted Oct 20, 2020
Ammy
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she's super nice and supportive and she's just a really cool person in general 10\10 and she's really helped me with the flute

Posted Oct 6, 2020
Kobi
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I play alto sax and piano, mostly jazz. I owned a flute for over 20 years, but struggled to learn how to play it. Took a few lessons over the years, but felt discouraged and stopped within couple of lessons. When COVID started, I thought this is a great opportunity to learn flute online and within a few weeks with Steph I was playing complex music. After six months of lessons I feel comfortable to play flute live with other musicians and am loving it. Steph is an amazing teacher: encouraging, insightful, open and challenges me to play more and more complex music and get comfortable on the flute. I love playing the flute and am very grateful for Steph lessons.

Posted Sep 18, 2020
Ammy
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great first lesson!

Posted Sep 15, 2020
Cameron
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Steph is a great flute teacher! My 11 year old is learning a lot and enjoys getting to know Steph. Steph has made the effort to get to know her student personally and has built a genuine relationship.

Posted Aug 17, 2020
Marianne
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Steph was great!! She was encouraging and corrective, and I am so excited to practice! She gave me all the materials I need to do so, and I feel like it’s just the right amount of areas to focus on and improve from now until my next lesson. I already see improvement and I’m looking forward to continuing.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Kobi
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I play alto saxophone for 25 years, but never managed to play flute. I took a few lessons over the years in person with two teachers, but couldn't play more than more than one octave with decent sound. In just a few weeks of online lessons with Steph I advanced enough to be able to play 2.5 octaves with decent technic and tone. She is a wonderful, joyful and supportive teacher that challenges me to exercise and play beautiful music in a way that is both clear and fun.

Posted May 26, 2020
Hasung H.
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She is such a great teacher!

Posted May 19, 2020
Rebecca P.
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My daughter really enjoyed her first class. Thank you!

Posted May 14, 2020
Autumn T.
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Steph is great! She is full of encouragement and support. My daughter learned so much after just one lesson and she’s excited about the flute again!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
Madison S.
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Posted Apr 28, 2020
Kobi
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Great first lesson that gave me clear exercises to work on what I wanted to improve

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Janvi P.
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Student, Janvi has never done anything like this before, the teacher, Steph made her comfortable and gave her a first class lesson. My two children (adults now) both played several instruments and I have experienced several different teachers thru the years. Music is so wonderful, glad we found Steph.

Posted Mar 2, 2020
Sophia
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Steph is a child whisperer! She was amazing with my 14 year old daughter!!!!

Posted Feb 18, 2020
Bri
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Excellent with our daughter!

Posted Feb 16, 2020
Lisa
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Went awesome, our child worked well with her

Posted Jan 22, 2020
Robert W.
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Very enjoyable lesson. Steph is very knowledgeable and her input was very helpful.

Posted Jan 13, 2020
Teenah
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Steph is very patient and kind. She is extremely knowledgeable of learning material, instrument and music. I HIGHLY recommend her to students.

Posted Dec 9, 2019
Sunny Y.

Great teacher.

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Amanda R.
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the best person ever

Posted Sep 25, 2019
Sunny Y.
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It was great.The fire drill was funny.

Posted Sep 25, 2019
Naomi
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We love Steph! I’m 44 and learning how to play. My 8 year old just started and she loves Steph. We are so grateful we found her.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Amanda R.
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i love her so much

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Naba
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I have taken lessons from her for about 1 1/2 years, and I’ve learned a lot from it! Steph is friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and good at explaining concepts/methods. Would absolutely recommend her!

Posted Sep 1, 2019
Sandy C.
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Steph is very patient and her insights into my errors helps me a great deal find my issues and resolve them

Posted Aug 27, 2019
Sandy C.
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Steph is very patient and listens to my concerns and offers helpful things to make my practices more productive.

Posted Aug 11, 2019
Elazar
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My son is enjoying lessons with Steph!

Posted Jul 26, 2019
Conner F.
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My son liked the online class. It is convenient and flexible on location and time. Steph gave him plenty home work each week to keep him motivated. He started to practice daily since he started the class and I am happy to see that he is on track.

Posted Jul 1, 2019
Sandy C.
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I am learning at a pace I am comfortable with which is nice.

Posted Jun 25, 2019
Sandy C.
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I really appreciate Steph's patience. Thanks.

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Doug

Steph and I studied flute with the same professor in Undergrad and I can tell you she is a fantastic musician! We only had a few opportunities to play together but each duet opportunity was amazing an enjoyable she is easy going and very disiplinced. She is a fantastic performer and I am sure she will give her all to help you grow from whatever your current playing level may be! Take lessons with Steph!!

Posted Jun 12, 2019
Amanda R.
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she is so kind

Posted Jun 4, 2019
Amanda R.
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Steph was great. It was my first flute lesson ever. I’m looking forward to next lesson.

Posted May 7, 2019
Heather
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I really enjoy learning from Steph -- she shares the best tips and tricks to help me as an adult learner. She makes lessons together fun and has a very laid back disposition. It's a perfect fit for my "no pressure" desire to learn to read music and play an instrument after nearly 40 years. I love the way she approaches teaching, sharing her passion, and assigns just the right dose of homework. I highly recommend her to help you enjoy playing a musical instrument!

Posted Mar 23, 2019
Cindy
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she is a really good teacher who teaches perfectly at my pace and makes sure i know the song before moving on.

Posted Feb 23, 2019
Chiyanna P.
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:D

Posted Feb 10, 2019
Angela
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I had a great first lesson!

Posted Jun 19, 2018
Michael S.
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good progress.am inspired to practice more every day.thank you.

Posted May 17, 2018
Michael S.
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Good progress first lesson.

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Michael S.
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thanks!

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Dorothy L.
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Stephanie is very, very good at picking up what you need to work on, and helping you with that exact thing. I really appreciate her expertise in helping me improve my skills.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
Rachel Stone
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Steph is flexible, encouraging and great at explaining abstract concepts! I like her strategies and definitely lucked out with her.

Posted Apr 4, 2018
Dorothy L.
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Loved it. A lot of fun.

Posted Mar 28, 2018
Teresa H.
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Incredibly helpful on understanding the physical mechanics of tone production.

Posted Mar 25, 2018
Candice
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I get so much out of every session I have with Steph. She has a lot of knowledge and provides many useful tools for approaching challenging techniques. It's easy to see that she's used to working with students at all levels.

Posted Feb 22, 2018
Candice
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Steph is very knowledgable, patient, and easy to work with!

Posted Feb 8, 2018
Allie L.
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Great teacher for my 12 year old daughter! Super sweet!

Posted Jan 28, 2018
Christine S.
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Steph is a really wonderful instructor. Patient and encouraging.
Highly recommend.

Posted Jan 23, 2018
Allie
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I absolutely loved learning with Steph because she is a great teacher and a nice person to talk to and (be around). I learned so much in the time that we had. It was amazing and fun

Posted Jan 15, 2018
Cindy
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Steph is an awesome teacher! We both learned so much! :-)

Posted Dec 29, 2017
may J.
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Smart, flexible, clear, adept at working online and a very accessible teacher. Steph is a wonderful instructor for the novice.

Posted Oct 28, 2017
Anne
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Steph was very friendly and helped my daughter improve her tone and pitch in just her first lesson. She's very excited for their next session!

Posted Aug 24, 2017
Mara
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I had Stephanie as a tutor in music theory all the way through my theory classes in college, and she is a great help. She is very friendly and extremely patient, and helped me come out of my shell and feel comfortable in my theory classes. I cannot stress enough what a wonderful bright person she is, and how great she is at what she does! She is an extremely intelligent and qualified instructor, as well as being a brilliant flutist.

Posted May 19, 2017
Harmony
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I have been playing different instruments and singing since I was little, and I finally wanted to take a crack at the flute! Steph is a WONDERFUL teacher, she is dedicated and kind. She can found techniques that work for me and my tone improved a lot. I learned a lot from her and I have found a new hobbie. She is also a very good theory teacher and is good at explaining the concepts. I would recommend her to anyone!

Posted May 19, 2017
Emily
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Stephanie is an amazing flute teacher. I have some music experience, but I could never seem to get a single sound out of the flute. Steph found methods that worked for me and helped me learn how to finally make a sound! She is patient, encouraging, and really made me feel like my progress on the flute was important to her. I completely recommend her to anyone of any level.

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Experience

Flutist
Aug 2020 - Present

Tactus

The premiere contemporary ensemble at Manhattan School of Music

Flutist
Aug 2018 - May 2020

Purchase Symphony Orchestra

Flute/Piccolo for The Music Man
Feb 2020 - Mar 2020

Brunswick School Greenwich, CT

Pit Orchestra

Flute/Piccolo for Oklahoma! the Musical
Feb 2019 - Mar 2019

Brunswick School Greenwich, CT

Pit Orchestra

Flute/Piccolo for The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

The Grove Theatre at Nuangola

Pit Orchestra

Flute/Piccolo for Jesus Christ Superstar
Mar 2017 - May 2017

The Grove Theatre at Nuangola

Pit Orchestra

Education

Master of Music in Contemporary Performance
Jun 2020 - Present

Manhattan School of Music

Master of Music in Flute Performance
Aug 2018 - May 2020

SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Marga and Arthur King Scholarship
Aug 2020

Manhattan School of Music

2017 Outstanding Musician
May 2017

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Affiliations

National Flute Association
Jan 2017
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.
Phi Kappa Phi
Apr 2016
In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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