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Instruments: Flute, Piccolo
Styles: Classical, Marching Band

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Melissa M In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Flute, Piccolo
Styles: Classical, Marching Band

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Ages Taught: 6-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Master Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor Degree: University of Colorado at Boulder

Awards:

2020 - Chicago Flute Club Piccolo Masterclass Competition Winner

2019 - Marrowstone Music Festival Flute Fellow

2017 - Chancellor's Recognition Award at the University of Colorado Boulder

2017 - National Flute Association Masterclass Competition Winner

2017 - Jim Walker Masterclass Finalist and Performer at the Once a Flutist Festival

Overview:

I am a dedicated flute instructor and performer who loves sharing her passion for music through teaching and empowering her students to meet their musical goals. I earned my Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and my Bachelor or Music degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. My favorite highlights of my flute career so far include attending the 2019 Marrowstone Music Festival as a flute fellow, giving me the opportunity to teach younger students while performing in the Festival Orchestra, performing Principal Piccolo with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony at the 2019 College Band Directors National Association Convention, and performing for Sir. James Galway as a masterclass winner at the 2017 Once a Flutist Festival. Collaboration is at the heart of my work as a musician, and I have performed with a number of ensembles including the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the University of Illinois Modern Ensemble, The Spengler Quintet, The University of Illinois Wind Symphony, The Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the University of Colorado at Boulder Opera, Wind Symphony, and Orchestra, and the CU South Asian Music Association. I have also performed as a soloist in a number of flute masterclass programs including the 2019 Pacific Northwest Flute and Piccolo Forum, the 2017 National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, ARIA international Summer Music Academy, Carnegie Mellon's Consummate Flutist masterclass program, Jim Walker's Masterclass at the 2017 Once a Flutist Festival, and Paula Robison's Masterclass at the 2015 Colorado Flute Association Convention.

EXPERIENCE

Teaching is the most rewarding aspect of my career as it is an important way for me to share music with others. I first started teaching private flute lessons in 2013 working primarily with K-12 students. In 2015, I taught flute sectionals and music classes for middle school students as a counselor at the University of Colorado Boulder Summer Music Academy. I also served as Event Coordinator for the University of Colorado Boulder's Teaching Peace Through Music chapter, where I helped plan and promote classes on music education and learned from instructors working with underprivileged youth. I also worked as a School Aged Child Care Leader at Sandburg Elementary School from 2015 to 2018, further honing my skills in working with children ages 5 to 11. In 2019, I attended Marrowstone Music Festival as a Fellow. This gave me the opportunity to mentor high school and undergraduate flutists individually and during sectionals and to coach a student wind quintet. During my final year at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, I also taught a Public Speaking course for undergraduate students. In this teaching position, I coached students individually and in large groups and covered subjects such as breathing, stage fright, posture, and audience adaptation, topics very relevant for flutists.

METHODS USED

I structure lessons to be as fun as possible while also helping students grow musically. For beginner students, I typically start by teaching from Flute 101: Mastering the Basics by Phyllis Avidan Louke and Patricia George. If the student is in a band or orchestra program, I make sure to incorporate any method books or music being taught in that program into my lessons as well. I also use workbooks and games to teach beginning music theory and karate belt levels to encourage younger students to learn their scales. For older and/or more advanced students, I like to create a balance of tone warm ups, scale work, etudes, and musical rep. I encourage students to bring pieces they are interested in learning into their lessons. If a student is also interested in non-classical music (e.g. Disney tunes, Celtic music, pop, jazz, etc.), I find music in those genres at their playing level for them to enjoy. I do also create custom exercises and materials to supplement method books as needed.

LESSON STYLE

I strive to help my students find joy and confidence in their flute playing. This means treating each student as an individual, recognizing that each student may have different goals and learning styles, and teaching and planning lessons accordingly. I believe strongly in teaching from a place of encouragement and empathy. Lessons are a safe space for students to ask questions, make mistakes, and grow. By pointing out what students are doing well and providing tools to help them practice and improve, I aim to empower students to enjoy growing as flutists.

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