Toby Caplan-Stonefield

Toby C.

Thousand Oaks, CA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
We work on basics: Tone Production, Breathing, Phrasing, Pitch etc. I offer 3 or 4 Times a year when we have a performance opportunity. Students work with a professional accompanist. I also offer the Certificate of Merit program through MTAC ( Music Teachers Association of California) which makes the students more well rounded musicians.
I also have a Flute Choir - The Conejo Valley Flute Society - that students can be part of. I have been teaching over 40 years, and know that I can prevent bad habits before they begin! I offer lessons for any level, any age with an individual approach to each student, according to their needs and abilities.

About Toby C.

Before we begin, I'd just like to say - I have been giving Private Flute Lessons for more than 40 years, and feel that I can prevent bad habits before they begin!! Also that I teach at my Apartment in Thousand Oaks on most days, and also at my daughter's home in Agoura Hills on Wednesdays. Plus- I have several Reviews from former students that were sent to a different teaching site that I would be happy to share with you.

I became a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 20 and played under the direction of more than 30 of the world's greatest conductors, as the current conductor was on leave! I have been giving private flute lessons since I was in High School, and College. I have a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Drake University, School of Fine Arts.

I have performed as soloist with orchestras, and done studio work (First Flute on "Dr. Zhivago"), and taught at Cal State LA, Pierce College, CSUN, and head of the Wind Department of the Southern Calif. Conservatory of Music for 30 years. I founded and still direct The Conejo Valley Flute Society (Flute Choir) in 2002- we are beginning our 16th season.

I enjoy teaching all levels, all ages. I offer 3 or 4 Recitals a year, and am a member of MTAC (Music Teachers Association of Calif), National Flute Association, and Professional Musicians Local 47. I am head of the Wind Department for my local Branch Of MTAC (Conejo Valley), And I have been an adjudicator for the Certificate of Merit program for 15 years.

I enjoy teaching and helping each student become the best they can be. Many of my students have held first chair positions, and some former students are now playing professionally!


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Flute, Piccolo
Sep 1956 - Aug 1958

Los Angeles Philharmonic


Bachelor of Music Education
Feb 1955 - Aug 1958

Drake University, School of Fine Arts


Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 1958

Drake University, School of Fine Arts

plus graduate work at several Universities and many Master Classes given by World Renown Flutists


Whos Who in Music 10th Edition,
Jun 1998

1998 Edition of Whos Who Among Americas Teachers


National Flute Association
Aug 1985
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.
Music Teachers' Association of California
Sep 1960
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.
Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Feb 1956
Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.
American Federation of Musicians
Jun 1954
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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