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Elissa M In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Piccolo
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater

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Elissa M In Studio
Instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Piccolo
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BM, Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; Flute Performance and Music Business major, minor in Film Studies AAS, Onondaga Community College; Music major
Awards:

2015 Bachelors of Music Performance, Flute

2012 Syracuse Music Performance Awards Second Prize, Onondaga Community College

Overview:
Aspiring Music Professor: I just received my Bachelor's degrees from the Crane School of Music in Music Business and Flute Performance, with a film studies minor. Transfered to Crane in 2012 after earning an Associate's degree in Music from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. My predecessors are Michelle Rosky of Whitesboro, Selma Moore of Onodaga, and Kenneth Andrews, Crane School of Music and Music Director of the Orchestra of Northern New York.  
EXPERIENCE
Started flute at the age of eight. I started studying privately in high school, then decided to pursue degrees and careers in music. I have participated in a handful of pit orchestras for musicals around the Central and Western New York areas, performed solos for various competitions, and have participated in several ensembles throughout my time as an undergraduate student. I also score study chamber works in my free time.
METHODS USED
I typically start the first lesson getting to know the students, the habits of their body: pertaining to lip shape, stance, how their fingers support the weight of the instrument, finger placement on keys. Once we build awareness to our body's habits, we use these tools and build from the ground, up. These tools help us to develop a better tone, tambre, and allow us to open up so we support from our diaphragms and produce a strong, projected sound. Once these ideas are attended to, they stay mindful as we continue the journey to becoming artistic players. I like to keep at least one etude and one solo piece on file for lessons, though other exercises are GREAT ways to learn, practice, and improve upon.
LESSON STYLE
I love developing a strong personal relationship with my students throughout our time of learning. I have come through many lessons throughout my high school and college career where lessons were not fun. I want to make it as fun and productive as possible for the student, the student's parents (if they're sitting in on lessons), and love recaping the last couple minutes of the lesson. I love using metaphors and real-life situations and experiences for students to grasp a particular "problem spot" in a passage of music. This helps the student to get a visual advantage in order to grasp the problem and create solutions to them.  
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