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MA, Conservatorio della Svizzera-Italiana, Flute Performance BM Florida State University, Flute Performance
2010 - Sarasota Orchestra, Substitute Flutist
2010 - Florida Flute Association, Masterclass Competition Judge
2007 - FSU Marching CHIEFS, Flute Section Leader
I love playing the flute and being able to share my passion with others. I earned my BM in 2007 from Florida State University. There were so many wonderful playing opportunities here and as an undergraduate I was playing in the top orchestra. I was also a member of the world renown Marching CHIEFS where I served as section leader to 50 plus flute players. One of the more unique ensembles I played in was the Andean music ensemble, Aconcagua, where I played the zampona (panpipes) and the quena (Andean flute). In 2009 I graduated from the Conservatorio della Svizzera-Italiana in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland. I had many interesting classes like "Movement" and "The Art of Performance." It was great to learn music from a new perspective and in a new setting. As a bonus, I was able to pursue my love of travel and work on my language skills! I currently live in Marietta, GA, where I have a flute studio and freelance. In addition to music, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and adorable kitties (Ron & Harry) and dog (Leia). I also enjoy reading, hiking, baking, organizing, and cleaning!
I began teaching flute lessons in college about 10 years ago. In addition to private lessons I have assisted with school concert and marching bands. In the beginning I like to ask each student what their goal is so that we can work towards that, whether it is to become first chair in band, make All-State, play for Solo & Ensemble, perform with their church, or to just have fun and learn a new skill. One of the key ways to accomplish these goals is by having regular private lessons with a motivating and talented teacher. In my lessons, I use positive reinforcement and encourage regular practice. I'm always looking for new students of all ages, no matter what goal you have in mind!
For beginning students who are children, I use the Rubank Method for Flute as well as Pares Scales. Once they have become more advanced I assign more challenging etude and scale books. When the student has a grasp of the instrument, I present solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts tailored for each level. I try to keep each student's goals, ability, age, and interests in mind when choosing music to keep the lessons engaging and fun!
I believe every student learns in their own unique way and at their own pace. I try to cater to that thought when teaching and also encourage each student to become their own teacher. If the student can learn to teach themself, there is never an ending point to their education. It is very important to have a strong fundamental base, but music is more than just notes and fingerings. Playing music can be art, dance, meditation, or joy! This is why I try to find music that inspires each student and makes them want to practice to improve their flute playing.
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