If there is one thing I want for my students, it is to experience the joy of playing the flute and the joy of making music. After playing the flute for over 50 years, I continue to experience both of these.
That experience can only come with dedication, discipline, enthusiasm, and patience. Regular practice is absolutely necessary. There are no short cuts, no quick fixes. You need to practice!
TECHNIQUE: Learning the correct fingerings and reading musical notation is only the beginning. Technique is the vehicle of ultimately playing musically. It can take a lot of time. You have to practice slowly.
ENSEMBLE PLAYING: I regularly play duets with my students, and encourage them to get involved in various ensemble groups at school. Playing with other musicians is an experience on many levels; You are all working at making something beautiful, and you have just one part in achieving that.
Repertoire – It is important for students to learn a variety of pieces from the classical flute repertoire. I make sure that each student becomes familiar with music from different time periods, composers, and styles. Advanced students also learn orchestral excerpt repertoire.
Private lessons are attended on a weekly basis. These are the recommended lesson lengths:
- Beginner students (1 year or less experience): 30 minute weekly lessons
- Intermediate students (1-3 years experience): 45 minute weekly lessons
- Advanced students (3+ years experience): 60 minute weekly lessons