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PH.D.(DUAL DOCTORATE) NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, MUSIC PERFORMANCE, MUSIC EDUCATION, ACADEMIC MUSIC MM. NEW YORK UNIVESITY, FLUTE PERFORMANCE BS. BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, FLUTE PERFORMANCE, VOICE, FRENCH, POLITICAL SCIENCE
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I received her Bachelor of Science degree in political science and flute, graduating from the Ball State University honors college at age 20. I earned my masters degree and Ph.D in flute from New York University where I was the youngest woman to receive a Ph.D from the School of Arts and Sciences. A university professor for 12 years, I have been a faculty member of the University of New Haven where I taught flute, piano and economics in addition to teaching flute, music history and music theory at Southern Connecticut State University and South Central Community College. I was also foreign faculty at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau, New Providence, where I taught concert band, flute, clarinet, guitar, Music History, vocal techinques and World Music. I studied piano with renowned jazz pianist, Ray Santisi, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and with international performer and accompanist, Phillip Moll. Also a student of world-famous flutists James Galway, Julius Baker and Jean-Pierre Rampal, I have been teaching music since 1974, in addition to performing professionally throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. My students have won young artist competitions, concerto and talent competitions (including Miss Connecticut), and scholarships to Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have the honor of being known as one of the best flute teachers in the country (James walker, Principal flutist, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Julius Baker, Principal flutist, New York Philharmonic; and Dr. Philip Swanson, Dean, College of Music, Northern Arizona State University). Formerly music instructor for the Austin School of Music, I teach and perform regularly in the Austin area with The Classic Touch Trio. Currently I am part of the online faculty at West Los Angeles College and Lake Tahoe Community College.
I began teaching in high school. Since then, I have been privileged to study with the best teachers in the world. So, what took me years to learn, can be brought to you in a few lessons. You are the winner by receiving a compilation of my experiences with world and internationally known teachers, as well as over 35 years of working with all ages and backgrounds; so I am able to help you learn quickly and easily. My students have attended universities and conservatories all over the world, and have won many scholarships and awards.
For very young piano/keyboard students, lessons go more smoothly if they know right hand and left hand, count to 10 and know ABC's. They learn to read music almost immediately, and I give them the tools to be able to pick up any piece of music and play it independently. Regular performance opportunities are provided to show off acquired skills and progress of students and application of knowledge is encouraged through original composition. For older students, we discuss your goals and determine the best course of study to help you reach them quickly, easily and enjoyably.
I never assume a student cannot succeed. Progress comes quickly with a variety of songs supported by successive exercises and methodology. Parental involvement is highly recommended and I try to work with parents to determine motivational techniques. I have found that students need a regular practice time 4 to 5 times a week, even if it is only a few minutes at a time; but, hopefully, we can find music that they like to sit down and play. There is also nothing wrong with reviewing favorite pieces from time to time. Music is about having fun and enjoying having the ability to play for yourself and others.
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