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I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Musical Arts at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where I study flute with internationally-acclaimed soloist, Marina Piccinini. Before coming to Peabody I studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris as well as at l'académie international d'été in Nice, France. Further work was with Berlin Philharmonic principal flutist Emmanuel Pahud at the Domaine Forget International Academy. I previously earned degrees both at Peabody as well Oberlin College/Conservatory and have been teaching as a TA and Private teacher since my undergraduate years - working with students is really where it's at for me! I have always maintained wide-ranging and diverse teaching studios that include both flute and piano students of all ages and experience levels! Seeing that witnessing live concerts is such an integral part of the learning experience I always try to send my students information about upcoming concerts in the area and have recently been named Co-Artistic Director of the Light Street Chamber Players in Baltimore where I can provide my students with tickets and opportunities to be involved in classical music.
I have performed since I was 7 years old. My father was a world renowned international opera star.I have sung professional opera, musical theatre, composed music (both in composition for soundtracks and my own original symphonies, as well as being a contemporary song writer).I love all types of music and have spent the last 17 years teaching students based on the strengths and personal desires. My educational but most importantly, my professional on stage experience with professional companies for the last 27 years, has enabled me with the plethora of training that has found its way into the minds and hearts of hundreds and hundreds of students for almost 20 years. Growing up in Europe and in the U.S. & Canada, I have been intimately integrated into the arts culture trenches learning and performing with the best. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I LOVE WHAT I DO AND I LOVE PASSING IT ON TO MY STUDENTS.
I am a recent graduate of the LSU percussion studio. I have spent the last four years becoming a trained musician and learning how to pass on my skills to others. I have played with Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, and Percussion Ensembles. I often play classical percussion (usually timpani) around town with Universities or Churches. Outside of that, I am currently playing synthesizer, singing saw, and multi-percussion in a rock band about to release its debut album. I am also in the process of starting a country-western project and I am always working on my solo avant-garde projects. I believe it is essential to every musician to try to expand the amount of styles and genres in the repertoire.
I have been seriously studying and playing music for more than 30 years. Regardless of my schedule or where my career has taken me, I have found time to perform and develop as a musician through private instruction and participation in ensembles; it’s a passion, not a choice.
I am an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor who loves sharing my love of music with students. In 2011 I graduated from Haverford College as a Music Minor and History Major. I write songs constantly and have performed hundreds of times as both a solo artist and with bands that I have formed. I have performed in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana. I work every day to become a better singer, songwright, and instrumentalist, and I appreciate working with those who share a similar drive to excel. I moved to New Orleans in May 2015 and formed a local band, Poor Peter. You might catch us performing at a local venue such as The House of Blues, Circle Bar or Hi-Ho Lounge.
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Many parents start their children with music lessons to enrich their lives and give them a fun activity outside of school. Music is a great outlet for students of all ages because it challenges both the mind and the body. Many studies have been conducted suggest music can improved test scores in math and science, and can also promote improved language development in young children. The biggest benefit of studying music is that it lays a foundation for a lifetime appreciation of music!
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Live performing is a great asset to any musician. Musika offers recitals every year in the Spring where students of all ages and levels can come together to show off their hard work! Teachers help the students to choose and prepare their material, and Musika provides the venue and a piano accompanist if the student should need one.
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Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.