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 level. 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: You will get out of lessons what you put into them! The magic always happens during practice. The more you practice, the more I am able to teach you, and the better you will play!
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 flute performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where she studies under the tutelage of Tara Helen O’Connor. At Purchase, she performs 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.
Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
the best person ever
It was great.The fire drill was funny.
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.
i love her so much
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!
Steph is very patient and her insights into my errors helps me a great deal find my issues and resolve them
Steph is very patient and listens to my concerns and offers helpful things to make my practices more productive.
My son is enjoying lessons with Steph!
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.
I am learning at a pace I am comfortable with which is nice.
I really appreciate Steph's patience. Thanks.
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!!Show More
she is so kind
Steph was great. It was my first flute lesson ever. I’m looking forward to next lesson.
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!Show More
she is a really good teacher who teaches perfectly at my pace and makes sure i know the song before moving on.
I had a great first lesson!
good progress.am inspired to practice more every day.thank you.
Good progress first lesson.
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.
Steph is flexible, encouraging and great at explaining abstract concepts! I like her strategies and definitely lucked out with her.
Loved it. A lot of fun.
Incredibly helpful on understanding the physical mechanics of tone production.
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.
Steph is very knowledgable, patient, and easy to work with!
Great teacher for my 12 year old daughter! Super sweet!
Steph is a really wonderful instructor. Patient and encouraging.
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
Steph is an awesome teacher! We both learned so much! :-)
Smart, flexible, clear, adept at working online and a very accessible teacher. Steph is a wonderful instructor for the novice.
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!
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.Show More
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!Show More
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.Show More
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Musician Award at Bloomsburg University, Steph is excited to teach students of all ages who want to improve their playing! She wants to help students learn and develop their fundamentals: tone, articulation, sight-reading, posture, etc. She would also be delighted to teach a student who is an absolute beginner! We will work out of flute methods books, etude books, and/or specific repertoire picked by the student.
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The Grove Theatre at Nuangola
SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
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Bloomsburg University of Pennsyvania
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