Teaching

Do you want to learn to play Adele’s newest release or other popular songs? Or maybe Mozart is more your style?

Are you a parent wanting your child to learn an instrument, develop a love for music, and learn valuable life skills?

Do you want to make all-state or play in a regional youth symphony?

Have you always wanted to play an instrument and want to take the leap?

You’re in a band program now and want to further your skills, maybe strive for first chair?

Are you someone who played flute once upon a time and want to return to the instrument?

Are you thinking about auditioning for college music programs?

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I can teach you all of those things and help you reach your musical goals. My biggest priority when teaching, apart from learning the flute, is setting goals, organizing a process to achieve those goals, and giving you the tools and skills to get there. And of course, to have fun while doing it!

Not only will you learn to play flute, you’ll build skills in accountability, patience, perseverance, communication, teamwork, and time management. Part of our lesson time is devoted to developing practice plans, goal charts, and lesson journals. In lessons I encourage students to be self-starters and teach them to work efficiently in their practice so that the time they devote to practicing is effective and easily worked into their already busy schedule. You’ll also forge new friendships with other flutists in the studio and make meaningful connections in the music community in the Norman and OKC area. Music is a uniting force that brings people together and you’ll make connections that last a lifetime. And most importantly, you’ll develop a life-long appreciation of music and the arts that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

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Lessons are organized into 4 different topics that ordinarily follow this format:

  1. Tonalization: our sound aka “tone” is the first thing people hear and it’s our most identifiable quality as a musician. We start with Tonalization so that we are always playing with the best sound possible. Developing a flexible, colorful, and personal sound is the foundation to great flute playing.
  2. Technique: just like we train the muscles in our legs when we run, we must alsotrain our fingers, tongue, diaphragm, and ears. The technique portion of the lesson includes scales, arpeggios, rhythm, intonation, articulation, breathing, balance, and vibrato.
  3. Etudes: these short musical pieces function as a bridge between using the skills in technical development and applying them to the repertoire we play. Most etudes will have an underlying “theme” that is emphasized (e.g. articulation of 16th notes, alternating rhythmic subdivision, legato tonguing in a melodic line, etc.) One etude is assigned each week in sequence with the books we are working on.
  4. Repertoire: the BEST part of flute playing. The music! This part varies the most student to student and I love hearing ideas of music you want to play.

In addition to this outline, the tonalization and technique exercises generally reflect some portion of the repertoire we are working on together. I also encourage students to create their own tone and technical exercises that they feel will help their musical growth and help them work on the repertoire they’re working on.

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