- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 9 to 85
- Teaching since:
- August 2015
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!
A little bit about myself: I am currently pursuing a master's degree in flute performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. I recently graduated summa cum laude with honors from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, where I focused on flute performance. Upon graduating, I have been freelancing in PA where I play in pit orchestras for musicals, solo recitals at churches, and chamber orchestras for formal gigs. I maintain a studio of 12-15 flutists of all ages and abilities, and I have taught hundreds of lessons (and loved all of them!) I have studied many major classical works as well as modern works with extended techniques. I was principal chair of Bloomsburg University's Wind Ensemble and Concert Band for three years, and I was actively involved in the New Music Ensemble. I would love to help you improve your playing and I cannot wait to teach you :)
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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.+ Read 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!+ Read 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.+ Read More