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Graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in Flute Performance from Indiana University Jacob's School of Music in 2018.
I have had in person masterclasses with Emmanuel Pahud: principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Phillipe Bernold: Professor of Paris Conservatoire, Ulla Miilmann: Principal Flutist of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Bernard Goldberg: Former flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Participated in music festivals Domaine Forget and ARIA international Academy.
Domaine Forget Scholarship
IU Music Faculty Award
SU School of Music Scholarship
Premier Young Artist's Award
B&L Williamson Music Scholarship Award
Berklee Jazz Festival Judge's Choice Award
Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series
2nd place at Lion's Club of Virginia Competition
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students to help them discover the beauty of music making and achieve their individual goals. I graduated from Jacobs School of Music with a degree in classical flute performance. Under the private tutelage of Kathryn Lukas, soloist and former principal flutist of the Santa Fe opera, I was rigorously trained in orchestral playing, chamber music, solo performance, and technique. I discovered my love for teaching during school when I had my first student four years ago and have been teaching privately ever since while performing orchestral gigs and contemporary projects in conjunction. Whether you are looking for someone to help you polish before a competition or audition, or you are learning the basics of sound production and technique, I have the resources and experience to help you. If you would like fun stories and inspiration, I have those too!
I have been teaching consistently for four years now. I have taught privately to children from the age of four all the way to adults. Because of this, I have had to adopt my style accordingly to the diversity of my students, as their goals and learning styles differ widely. However I am very encouraging in these situations as I don't believe there is one right way to learn music, if you would like to learn pop songs or blues, I will help you get there just as readily as a traditional classical approach. I have brought beginners who have never touched music before to work up to Bach and Vivaldi, as well as to their favorite classics like Fleetwood Mac. On the other hand, I have a high level of training and have coached young semi professionals before auditions and competitions to help fine tune their playing before the big day. I know what judge panels are looking for and this can be a helpful tool for a student trying to break into an academic or professional setting. I can also help with performance techniques, as I have gone through the audition process many times myself. I am very inspired by what I do, and I try to impart that on my students so they are inspired to practice and delve deeply into the music no matter the skill level.
For Beginners who are just learning how to read music, I usually start off with Faber's method, there is a version for adults as well as children. This seems to progress at a very suitable speed, comfortable yet still challenging, and has proved to be quite effective in getting basics down. Once my students have become familiar with the fundamentals in these books, I move them on to repertoire according to their individual goals or needs. If they prefer a more classical method approach, I have a wide range of repertoire to propose, and I will pick pieces and books according to the student's ability.
I am always listening and reacting to my students. I use a variety of methods in my teaching depending on what my students need most. Some students respond really well to demonstration and imagery, while others prefer a more directional approach in understanding the anatomy of the body and a technical understanding of what needs to be done, I strive to incorporate my lessons with theoretical and stylistic knowledge to help my students develop a self-aware ability to interpret pieces of all eras on their own. For those struggling with technical problems I am able to break down concepts and explain them rationally. I spot the students weaknesses and focus on improving these problems with specific etudes and exercises. The flute is simple, there are solutions to every problem, music on the other hand is complex and I enjoy exploring endless ideas and possibilities with my students.
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