TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Each student is an individual with a unique voice. As a teacher, it is my job to understand the unique needs and goals of every student. Each lesson is comprised of smaller goals that are custom-tailored toward unlocking confidence, connection, and artistic expression.  

I believe in a strong foundation of breathing, tone, and technique, and a continuous refinement of fundamental skills. Lessons encourage students to become more self-aware while playing, and therefore promote self-questioning, observation, and discovery. All students learn to practice efficiently by becoming their own teachers, ultimately becoming more intuitive collaborators and educators. In addition, students learn to think creatively and adapt any material to enhance their own fundamental goals while practicing. 

My teaching is strongly influenced by the principles of Body Mapping, the Alexander Technique, and the Feldenkrais Method. Students will learn to prevent pain and discomfort, manage performance anxiety, and maximize breath capacity to promote ease of expression and freedom in playing. Visit the blog to see how I utilize these techniques to improve my playing!

Additionally, students gain an understanding of musicality, historical practices and sophisticated interpretations, studying music from the Baroque era to Contemporary music and extended techniques. 

Live performance experience is crucial to growth as an artist, and I encourage students to take advantage of performance opportunities in solo, chamber, and large ensemble environments. These experiences are necessary for developing listening, intonation, and collaboration skills. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the layers of audition preparation and learn the skills needed to perform consistently.

The ultimate goal for every student is to find joy in making music.


 

CURRICULUM

Lessons are customized to the needs of each student and include instruction in the following areas:

  • Developing a Supple, Flexible Tone as a Solid Foundation of Playing

  • Polished, Even Technique, Memorization of Scales and Patterns

  • Clean, Resonant Articulation, Including Double and Triple Tonguing

  • Developing a Sophisticated Sense of Musicality, Phrasing, Interpretation, and Vibrato

  • Improving Rhythm and an Understanding of Basic Music Theory

  • Ensemble Skills Including Deeper Awareness, Listening, Intonation, Blending, Leading and Following

  • Breathing, Balance, and Postural Ease in Sitting and Standing

  • Awareness Techniques and Mental Preparation to manage performance anxiety, reduce discomfort, and unlock free, expressive playing

  • Etudes, Solo Repertoire, Orchestral Excerpts, Ensemble Music

  • Audition/Competition Preparation, Stage Presence

  • Extended Techniques for Tone Development and Applications in Repertoire, Beat-boxing

  • Piccolo Instruction: Flexibility of Sound and Dynamics, Intonation, Ensemble Awareness, and Audition Repertoire


POLICIES & EXPECTATIONS

  • Flute Lessons are available to students in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and via Skype. In-person lessons are held in Cedar Park.

  • For specific information on Skype lessons, please visit the Skype Flute Lessons page.

  • Students must be at least 10 years old to sign up.

  • Students are expected to come prepared to lessons with their instrument in good working order, any relevant music/handouts, music stand, pencil, and a notebook.

  • A metronome, tuner, recording device, and staff paper are also recommended materials. 


PAYMENT SCHEDULE

  • Lessons are scheduled in four-week terms. Upon registering, a payment in the amount of four lessons is due at the time of the first lesson. 
  • New students may schedule and purchase one individual lesson before registering for a full set of lessons. (Normal lesson rates apply to trial lessons.) The single trial lesson counts as the first in a term after students register, so a payment for the three remaining lessons in the term will be due at the time of the second lesson.

PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

  • Lessons are an exchange of ideas and information, and lessons are the most productive when the student arrives to their lesson prepared to both give and receive new information. It is my responsibility to teach students how to practice efficiently, and it is the student's responsibility to practice outside of their lesson time.

  • How much do I need to practice? Students are expected to practice daily. Appropriate practice plans will be discussed and are tailored to the student's musical goals, personal goals, and outside commitments.


CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Please cancel by phone or e-mail at least 24 hours in advance. In the event of an urgent cancellation with less than 24 hours notice, please call.

  • Should a cancellation occur, we will attempt to reschedule within the same week if availability allows. 

  • No refunds are given for unused lessons should the student choose to terminate lessons before completing their four-week term.


LESSON RATES

IN-STUDIO LESSONS IN CEDAR PARK:

  • 30-Minutes: $20 
  • 45-Minutes: $30     
  • 60-Minutes: $40                

SKYPE LESSONS:

  • 30-Minutes: $15               
  • 45-Minutes: $22                   
  • 60-Minutes: $30             

Rates shown are per lesson.


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