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MM, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, Classical Music Performance - Flute Perfomance
BM, Bard College, Classical Music Performance - Flute Performance
BM, Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece - Flute Performance
2016 - Aaron Copland School of Music Merit Scholarship
2012 - Performed in major venues in China, Hong Kong, Taipei with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra
2011 - Performed in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra
2008 - Bard College Conservatory Full tuition,Merit Schoarship
2014 - Soloist with the Camerata Orchestra of Athens.
Music has always been what I love to do. I am deeply grateful to all my teachers and mentors throughout these 18 years such as Judith Mendenhall, Samuel Coles, Paul Edmund Davies, Wissam Boustany, Luis Garcia Renart and many others. I have performed in concerts throughout the United States, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe in such halls such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Harvard's John Knowles Pain Concert Hall, Yale's Woolsey Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghain Grand Lyric Theater, Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Megaron of Music in Greece. I have a lot of orchestral experience due to the rigorous orchestra program that I attended at Bard Conservatory, but at the same time have explored a lot of the solo repertoire for flute, flute and piano as well as flute and orchestra. Chamber music has always been a passion for me. I particularly enjoy playing music written for Woodwind Quintets. I think that all aspects of performing as a flutist have their own unique beauty.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days. I have taught both privately and publicly for 6 years both in Europe and NY. I hold two Undergraduate Degrees from Bard College (flute and dance) and a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from Queens College. I have a very strong background in Alexander Technique and Body Mapping. I incorporate the Alexander Technique principles in my flute teaching in order to ensure that my students build a strong and efficient flute technique.
My training method is ideal for students who wish to explore music as a hobby as well as those who wish to run a career in the music industry. An experience that stands out, outside of my studio teaching, dates back to 2015 when I was invited at the Annual Conference of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki to give a two hour lecture followed by a Q&A session on Flute Pedagogy. Topics that were covered included Anatomy-related content “Musicians are Small Muscle Athletes”, “The Art of Practicing”, “Pleasure- The driving force of Progress”. My audience consisted of Conservatory teachers, student of all ages, prospective students, parents as well as non-musicians. The outcome was wonderful and inspiring since the lecture was designed to be very interactive and was very well-received. I love being a witness and a guide to one’s personal and artistic growth through music. I find myself always being inspired by the variety of perspectives and I am passionate about coming up with new ways to tailor my ideas to every student.
Musicality and technique are two sides of the same coin. They co-exist and cannot be separated; I like to instill that in my students as early on as possible. I do so by providing a setting that values creativity and individuality and encourage my students to explore their musical ideas, find solutions to tricky passages and always keep a positive and intelligent mindset while practicing. The musician you are in the practice room is the musician you become on stage. Dedication and consistency are crucial in order to build confidence as a performer and I am a big advocate of inspiring students to be curious about music. Knowledge is power and therefore I encourage students to look up information about the composer whose piece we are learning, listen to many recordings, find out information related to the period of time in which the piece we are working on was composed etc.
In teaching young students or beginners, my goal is to show them that flute-playing should be fun and pleasurable above all. When teaching adults I like to help them discover what they think the meaning of the piece is as well as show them ways to portray their thoughts through music. I usually start off a student by teaching the principles of a good posture and the journey of the breath. These are the fundamental elements of technique. Once we establish a good posture or better, position of mechanical advantage, I like to use fun method books that introduce a variety of ways to practice scales, arpeggios, tonguing, intervals and sound. Books I use a lot in my teaching are Paul Edmund Davies The 28 day Warm up Book, Taffanel and Gaubert 17 Daily Exercises as well as Marcel Moyce On Sonority.
In the first lesson I’m interested in getting to know my students, what music means to them, what they hope to accomplish whether that is to have a creative hobby or win competitions and establish a connection that makes them feel accepted, confident, safe and inspired to explore. I encourage them to express their thoughts, concerts and ask a lot of questions. I’m always there to tailor my answers and feedback based on every student’s learning style, need, age, and set of priorities. I like to start my lessons with sound exercises to establish a good tone and then move on to the more technical part. The lesson usually ends with an etude or piece where we explore ways in which to incorporate the technical work we started our lesson with. I like to show my students how to isolate one specific technical aspect, work on it but also stay aware of the big picture and incorporate their technical skills in the flute repertoire.
There are a lot of incredible pieces out there. Let’s get started..! Overview - Key aspects of my teaching are: - Provide a safe learning setting that encourages my students to explore their potential. - Design fun and effective exercises based on each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. - Incorporate Body Work principles (Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and Anatomy) that will help students build fast and easy a strong, effective and pain-free technique. - Teach the art of intelligent practicing. Gain maximum results with minimum effort! - Explore and express their own emotions and ideas about every piece by engaging their imagination and creativity. - Enjoy every moment of the journey and build a powerful and effective flute-playing as well as a strong self- esteem through music making.
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