Sue Sheya

Sue S.

Davis, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
~~ Lesson Details ~~
The biggest thing you need to know about taking lessons from me: IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!! Because I am experienced, I know how to teach and can customize your lessons based on what YOU want to learn and how quickly and what YOUR goals are. Here are some general things that I focus on:
-Good habits such as ergonomic hand position and posture, and tone production
-Positive reinforcement
-Efficient and effective practicing
-Goal attainment
-Making lessons FUN, yet INFORMATIVE

About Sue S.

Learning the flute is a great way to explore your creativity. Flute is the one wind instrument with amazing versatility and expression. It is as comfortable in an orchestra as a jazz band.

Do you or a child you know want to learn how to play flute, recorder, baroque flute, or even piccolo? I love to teach and can help you on your or your child's path to further your music education.

If you have questions about If you would like to take lessons but don't see a time or location that works for you, please send me a message. I am a very flexible teacher and schedules can change and may not be reflected on the availability calendar.

I began playing the flute when I was 10 and started teaching while I was still a high school student. I started playing flute professionally as a teenager and now I have over 30 years of experience in teaching and performing. Actually make that 40 years!

I teach students of all ages. I specialize in personalized, tailored instruction with a strong commitment to making the process of learning music simple and straightforward. Each student has a unique learning style and I work with each student within their style. Your lessons are designed for YOU, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Your lesson pace, curriculum, and progress are based on your strengths and learning style. I am background checked through the state of California.

I am by vocation a musician specializing in performing and teaching flute. I have taught flute and played professionally in the greater Sacramento area, as well as in SLC, Utah and Reno, NV.

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Sherri
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Sue is patient and extremely knowledgeable about music and flutes. She has an easy going personality and I feel very comfortable learning under her guidance.

Posted Oct 21, 2018
Beth
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I can't say enough great things about Sue! Under her guidance, it's been a pleasure getting back into playing my flute after a hiatus of over 25 years. Her knowledge of the instrument and expert instruction (as well as her infinite patience!) continue to provide me with the motivation I've needed to overcome some of the challenges I've faced after being away from my instrument for so long. Her teaching style is relaxed and flexible but firm; she knows just when I need to be challenged and just when to back away a bit. She's been a great fit for me, and I encourage other flute players of all levels to giver her a try!

Posted Sep 4, 2018
Rina
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Dr. Sue Sheya is truly an exceptional instructor. As a student who studied a little bit of music in Europe, it was difficult for me to adjust to the American solfege system (C, D, E scale) as I was used to the European solfege (Do, Re, Mi). However, Dr. Sheya was very flexible and adjusted all her lesson materials so that I could truly succeed in learning. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a supportive, friendly, and enthusiastic teacher that can truly guide them in learning how to play the flute!

Posted Aug 26, 2018
Karla
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Sue is a very good instructor. She has great expertise and skill and has a very patient way of teaching. She pushes me to do things I didn't think that I could do and helps me build more confidence in my flute playing. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their skills, whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player.

Posted Aug 23, 2018
NT
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Sue is a really great teacher for a number of reasons. Her comprehensive approach to teaching a beginner (me) helps me grasp necessary basics while also glimpsing the possibilities in my musical future. Even though I have taken flute lessons before, Sue was able to show me connections between scales and notes in our first few lessons that I did not know. She is full of good exercises and demonstrations to help you better understand everything you would want to know about your instrument of choice or music in general. She strikes a very good balance between simple tips that are easily applied and big picture concepts that the student may take a long time to fully appreciate and master. This is a teacher who will facilitate rapid progress but also keep you excited about that which you have not yet learned.

Posted Feb 7, 2018
Michiko
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Sue is a wonderful teacher - supportive, patient and friendly. I've enjoyed taking her lessons and learned so much!

Posted Feb 8, 2017
Peggy
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Sue is an excellent teacher. I have only had my first lesson but I know I will benefit from her instruction. I have already learned several things in our first lesson that will improve my tone.

Posted Jan 25, 2017
Sylvia
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My son takes flute lessons from Sue. She is an inspiring teacher.

Posted Sep 25, 2016
Henry
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Sue's discerning eyes and ears made me aware of all sorts of things I could improve on, and her lectures were always interesting and easy to understand. Sue is a kind, patient, and understanding teacher, but also makes sure to hold her students accountable for their own education. Thanks to Sue, I've become a much better flute player!

Posted Aug 12, 2016
Casey D.
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Good teacher, talented and knows what she's talking about.

Posted Aug 11, 2016
Leslie Crenna
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Sue has been very accommodating with our special requests. She understands how to be gently persistent in the process of leading kids into getting better each week. My daughter and I checked out probably 6 teachers and she picked Sue. Sue is the farthest from our house, but I have no regrets. I can sense the depth of mastery my daughter is developing under Sue's guidance. Thanks so much!

Posted Apr 13, 2016
Rebecca N.
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I have studied in the past with tow other flute teachers that I liked quite well so I was doubtful about finding another teacher that I would like as well. But, right from the start, Sue proved herself a very likable teacher and taught me some things that was hugely helpful rught away.

I am really excited about my flute lessons once again, thanks to Sue. Clearly she is an excellent teacher.

Posted Mar 30, 2016
Beth
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Our daughter has taken flute lessons from Sue for 3 years. These private lessons have provided our daughter with an excellent musical foundation and allowed her to develop skill in playing the flute. Sue has been very flexible in scheduling (when our busy schedule creates conflict). Most importantly, Sue has been supportive and relaxed in her teaching style to allow our very shy daughter to feel comfortable and confident in the lessons.

Posted Aug 13, 2015
Pat
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Sue was a great teacher, even though I only studied with her for a little more than a year. I think I was right up there with one of her favorite "hopeless causes." I started lesson with Sue when I was 65 years old, with absolutely no music background. I so regret that I didn't find Sue and undertake flute when I was much younger. She tried, and was pretty patient, but I think I was pretty hopeless.

Posted Aug 8, 2015
Yuene
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Sue's teaching methods are multiple - level. She is inspiring and playful. She is my third music instrument teacher (after 8 years of piano & another 8 years of violin lesson), I learned something brand new about flute and music principles.

Her rate is extremely reasonable especially considering how professional and diligent a teacher she is.

I am very grateful to be guided to her when I was looking for a flute teacher.

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Chiara
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She is a great teacher! I have learned so much since I started taking lessons with her. Not only is she a good instructor, she's a really genuinely nice person!

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Michelle
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Sue has been incredible! Not only is she fun and enthusiastic about flute, but she has been flexible and more than accommodating with my daughter's more challenging learning style. Flute lessons are something my daughter really looks forward to because Sue has made it such a pleasure for her.

Posted Aug 6, 2015

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Experience

Music Performer
Jul 1978 - Present

Lyrical Flute

Dr. Sue Anne Sheya is a classically trained flutist who became a professional musician at the age of 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She won the Utah State Senior Winds and Brass Competition at 20 years of age and received a music scholarship to the University of Utah among other prizes. Sue studied with Jane Wadsworth and Eric Graf and in masterclasses with Julius Baker, James Galway, and William Bennett and others. She has extensive professional performing experience in diverse genres including classical, Broadway, Middle Eastern, and folk, blues and jazz, and in studio recording. She has been a member of the Ballet West Orchestra, Utah Chamber Orchestra, Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, Pioneer Theater Company, the Joe Muscolino Band, and Kairo by Night, Sacramento orchestras and has recorded TV and movie soundtracks at the Osmond and L.A. East Studios. She also plays for private and public events as a soloist or in the Wyndstrum flute and harp duo with Carol Kihm and in other ensembles. She delights in teaching music and in her frequent performances around Northern California, whether the event is a casual gig or a formal concert.

Flute Teacher
Aug 1976 - Present

Home Music Studio

Teach general music and flute lessons to private students of ages ranging from pre-school to adult and skill level ranging from beginner to advanced at my home music studio.

Music Teacher
Aug 1996 - Jun 1997

Montessori

Taught pre-school music to 9 classes per week at three Montessori schools.

Flute Teacher
Sep 1989 - Jun 1993

Holladay Music

Taught private flute lessons to individual students on a weekly basis at this studio located in Salt Lake City, UT.

Flute Teacher
Sep 1978 - Jun 1985

Alan Weight Studio

Taught up to 40 flute students a week of ages ranging from elementary to adult at this well respected studio in Salt Lake City, UT.

Education

PhD
Sep 1989 - Apr 2002

University of Utah

Bachelor of Science
Sep 1978 - Dec 1983

University of Utah

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

First Place Winner
Sep 1979

Utah State Fair Senior Winds and Brass Competition

Second Place Winner
Sep 1974

Utah State Fair Junior Winds and Brass Competition

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