Weronika Balewski

Weronika B.

Boulder, CO
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Lesson Details

Flute

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning a musical instrument is a wonderful, exciting, and challenging journey, and I am excited to share it with you! I have over a decade of teaching experience, working with all ages and all levels. In lessons, I address the following foundational principles of flute playing: tone, technique, expression, performance, and practicing skills. I have training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a holistic movement-based approach to learning music, and experience teaching flute and musicianship at various music schools and workshops throughout the country. I regularly draw on my extensive performance experience to share insights about practicing and overcoming performance challenges with my students.
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About

Weronika delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2006

Hello! Thanks for visiting!
My name is Weronika. I am passionate about helping you or your child grow and develop on your own unique path as a musician and human being. When I teach, I rely on my extensive performing and teaching experience, as well as pedagogical training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and teaching artistry. I have worked with all age groups, from beginner to pre-professional. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you have or if you would like to get to know me better. My name is pronounced "Veronica" - it's Polish!

As a flutist, teaching artist, and educator, I am dedicated to creating engaging musical experiences that connect us to ourselves and to each other. I am the Flutist and Co-Founder of Marvento Duo, winner of the Brookline Symphony Concerto Competition, and active as a Baroque flutist and new music advocate in various chamber, orchestra, and educational projects. I am the Integrative Education Fellow and Director of Development at Integral Steps in Louisville, Colorado. I teach classes for Integral Steps and flute lessons in my private studio in Boulder, Colorado, and through Skype. Committed to building healthy vibrant arts organizations, I contribute actively to the strategic development of my ensembles and organizations. I have served as Secretary of the Board of Integral Steps, and as interim President of the New England Chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America.

I look forward to getting to know you better!

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Experience

Integrative Education Fellow and Director of Development
Aug 2018 - Present
Integral Steps

Integral Steps promotes integrative education to support the balanced development of individuals, families, and communities. We offer programs for children, adults, and families, as well as professionals seeking training in integrative education.

Flutist
Sep 2013 - Present
Marvento Duo

Marvento is a flute and piano duo of performing teaching artists specializing in themed concerts and interactive workshops for children, adults, and seniors. We have performed at M.I.T., el Sistema Somerville, Rockport Music, and the Waltham Council on Aging. In 2018 we collaborated with Music of Reality on their "Reef Music" event featuring lectures, poetry, and music on the theme of oceans and coral reefs.

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Flute Teacher
Sep 2006 - Present
Weronika Balewski Flute Studio

I have been teaching flute lessons for over a decade, in Bloomington, IN, Boston, MA, and now in Boulder, CO. I also teach Skype lessons. My flute studio curriculum includes group classes and multiple performance opportunities (recitals, community service concerts) each year. I support students in learning repertoire they choose, band music, and flute fundamentals such as tone, technique, and expression.

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Musicianship Faculty, Department Coordinator, Suzuki Radio Coordinator
Jan 2014 - Jun 2018
Suzuki School of Newton

The Suzuki School of Newton Musicianship program is an integral part of the Core Instrumental Program. In addition to teaching weekly group musicianship classes to students ages 5-14, I also rewrote and implemented the musicianship curriculum and interviewed students for the monthly Suzuki Radio podcast.

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Flute/Piccolo
Sep 2015 - May 2018
Brookline Symphony Orchestra

The Brookline Symphony is a wonderful community organization! We performed each program in a public concert and at an outreach concert at local service organization.

Flutist
Sep 2009 - Nov 2017
Emissary Quartet

Emissary Quartet is an innovative ensemble of four flutists dedicated to performance and education. During my time with Emissary, we won grants from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard and NewMusicUSA, designed and executed an international Call for Scores competition which garnered 180 submissions from 5 continents, developed a Young Composers Project with composer Kaley Lane Eaton, and collaborated with composer Annika Socolofsky to commission, premiere, and record a new work for flute quartet. I also designed and taught educational workshops for the Suzuki Association of Utah and the Utah Flute Association.

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Flute Faculty
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Making Music Matters!

Making Music Matters! offers in-school group instrumental instruction in flute, clarinet, violin, and trumpet to elementary school students in Boston Public Schools.

Education

Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate
Sep 2015 - Present
Longy School of Music
Teaching Artist Development Labs
Jul 2014 - Jul 2015
Lincoln Center Education
Master of Music - Flute Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Longy School of Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Flute Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Carnegie Mellon University

Languages

German
Limited Proficiency
Polish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching Artist Certificate
May 2014
Longy School of Music

Awards

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Artistry
May 2014
Longy School of Music
Graduate Tuition Scholarship
Mar 2012
Kosciuszko Foundation
Gindroz Prize for Travel and Scholarship in Europe
Apr 2011
Gindroz Foundation
Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership
Feb 2010
Heinz Foundation

Affiliations

Dalcroze Society of America
Aug 2017

Based on the artistic and pedagogical principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, the Dalcroze approach teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Performers, teachers, dancers, actors, children, and senior citizens can all benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.

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Photos & Videos

Performing with one of my students and her mother at our Flute Studio Recital

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Performing a concerto with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra

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Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Bach's Coffee Cantata - flute/soprano aria, "I love coffee!"
Interactive Concert with Marvento Duo: "Is there a Gargoyle hiding in your Sonata?"
One wish, your honey lips by Annika Socolofsky
Commissioned/premiered by Emissary Quartet with support from the Fromm Found. of Harvard
David Dzubay's Footprints for Flute and Piano. Written in response to 9/11 attacks
"Song to Sonic Network 16" by Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, written as a musical response to the artwork by John Aislanidis, pictured above

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Marvento Duo (Weronika Balewski and Elizabeth Chladil)
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5 Reviews

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Rose Nov 26, 2018
Flute · Online

Weronika is my 13 year-old daughter's flute instructor flute (three months). Mary is a beginner, however, in this short amount of time, she had made significant progress. She is already playing many songs, preparing for a recital and enthusiastically asks Weronika to teach her more.

This is not surprising as Weronika has a kind, friendly, patient, and caring personality that makes my daughter feel very comfortable during their lessons. At the same time, she maintains very high expectations for her students. She frequently asks my daughter questions about music theory or the composer's intentions to get her thinking about what she is doing. She gives my daughter frequent feedback and asks my daughter to share her thoughts on performance goals as well.

Weronika is gifted as a flutist and an amazing teacher. She truly inspires my daughter to do her best. We highly recommend Weronika to other families.

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Alyssa Nov 19, 2018
Ear Training · In studio

Weronika is a dedicated, fun, creative, and passionate teacher. I can't recommend her enough! I teach cello at a community music school in Massachusetts where she taught musicianship and served as chair of our musicianship department. Under her leadership, the quality of the department improved immensely. Weronika went the extra mile to develop a curriculum for our school to use, and I know my students benefited greatly from her efforts. She is sorely missed here!

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Elena Nov 17, 2018
Flute · In studio

Weronika is a skilled educator, a talented musician, and a fun person. I learned much from her as an advanced adult student; however, I could tell from studio recitals that she works well with people of all ages and levels. I liked that Weronika encouraged me to trust my own musical instincts and was open to experimenting and exploring creative options. She fully supported my musical growth and interests and provided helpful feedback. I also liked that she incorporated movement into lessons, which was helpful for practicing rhythm and phrase.

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Elizabeth Nov 6, 2018
Flute · In home

From my experience collaborating with Weronika to present workshops and ensemble performances, I know she brings extraordinary enthusiasm, creativity, and attention to detail to her teaching. Not only does she work diligently with her students to develop healthy playing technique, but she also cares deeply about their musical growth and personal expression. When studying pieces, her students learn about the composers and historical contexts of the pieces, which enliven their performances and help connect them to the audience. Weronika inspires her students to approach their flute studies joyfully!

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Lisa Nov 5, 2018
Ear Training · In studio

Weronika is a natural and gifted teacher who is quick to identify what each child needs to succeed. She has a genuine desire to see her students succeed and develop a love for music.

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