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Teaching Certificate: New Jersey K-12 Music Certification,
Graduate Degree (Instrumental Conducting) : Mason Gross School of the Arts Rutgers University ,
Bachelor Degree (Flute Performance): University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Bachelor Degree (Music Education): New Jersey City University
2008 Kenneth Geoffroy Memorial Award, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Two time Wind Division Winner of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition (solo piccolo debut with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in 2006).
I'm a flutist, conductor, and public school music educator who is based in Edison, NJ. I specialize in teaching flute and piano to students ages 3 to adults. I have a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education from the University of Minnesota and New Jersey City University, respectively. I currently teach music in the Rahway (NJ) Public School District. I also teach private lessons and chamber music at Rutgers Community Arts and regularly perform outreach concerts in the community and local schools with my Flute and Guitar Duo. I have been active in extracurricular music education for many years, serving as conductors for the Veritas Youth Orchestras of East Brunswick, NJ and the Wind Ensemble of the Bravura Youth Orchestras and annually teaching an intensive Summer Chamber Music Camp geared toward elementary and middle school student ensembles at Stanley Clark School in South Bend, IN. I began playing flute at age five. Chamber Music experiences soon followed, with public chamber music performances starting at age nine. My passion for music grew as I participated in youth symphonies from grades 7-12, in the South Bend Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra, Elkhart Youth Honors Orchestra, South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra, and also as Principal Flute of the South Bend Symphony Side-by-Side Orchestra for two years. In 2008, as a high school senior, I had the opportunity to participate in both the Indiana All-State Orchestra and the ASTA National High School Honors Orchestra, which ultimately inspired me to pursue a career in music and share my love of music-making with the younger generations. I have been blessed with the opportunity to study and attend workshops with many leading flute and conducting teachers through my college and post-graduate years, including Immanuel Davis, Nadine Hur, Linda Nielsen Korducki, Leslie Short, Bradley Garner, and David Gerry, and conducting with Kraig Williams, H. Robert Reynolds, Richard Floyd, Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchoff, and Jerry Luckhardt.
I began teaching private lessons ten years ago as I was completing my final semesters of my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota. After moving to New Jersey, I established my own studio out of my home, and it has grown tremendously since then! My students understand that regular consistent practice produces the best results. However, I also understand that students are very busy and try many activities. I work with my students to establish a practice routine that works for them and teach them how to practice efficiently so they can maximize their precious practice time. My students are encouraged to follow their interests. Some students play for fun, others are more competitive and wish to enter competitions and play frequently in recitals. Some enjoy composing their own music, others like trying improvisation. The best part about teaching is seeing a student feel good about setting and achieving goals and being part of the journey with them!
The method books I use depend on the age and goals of the student. For very young flute students, I typically use the Abracadabra flute book. For young beginners, I usually begin with the Rubank Elementary Flute Methods book. Older/ more advanced flute students use a variety of etude and scale books in addition to learning core repertoire. For my piano students, I use the Alfred Piano Method books and incorporate in songs from other method books and repertoire as fitting to the student. For all adult students, I listen to what the student is interested in, then guide my instruction accordingly.
I love seeing my students develop a love for music and for learning. It is important to recognize each student as their own individual with their own goals and dreams. I seek to build healthy teacher-student relationships with my students, so they know that I am invested in their learning as much as they are. Together, we set realistic goals and celebrate the accomplishments along the way. I learn what inspires the student and incorporate those motivators into the lessons, whether it be a special song or a reward they are working toward.
She is excellent, very knowledgeable and my daughter loves her. I have noticed improvem since we started and would highly recommend her.
We are very happy to be working with Michelle. She works so well with children. Our daughter is happy to learn piano with her. She is organized and knows how to engage her with great activities to learn the art of music at her age!
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