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Queens College: Aaron Copland School of Music, Artist Diploma, Flute Performance
Queens College: Aaron Copland School of Music, Bachelors of Music, Flute Performance
June 2016- Queens College- Aaron Copland School of Music: Adele Lerner Chamber Music Award
June 2016- Queens College- Aaron Copland School of Music: LeFrak Family Scholarship Fund
April 2016- Queens College Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner
June 2015- Conservatorio F. Morlacchi: Awarded in Academic Excellence and Merit
April 2014- Queens Symphony Orchestra: Young Artist Concerto Competition First Place Winner
My name is Peter, and I am a performer and teacher in the New York City area. I completed my undergraduate studies in Flute Performance, and I am currently complete my Artist's Diploma at Queens College. As performer, I have played in some of New York's most outstanding venues; Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, and David Geffen Hall. I have played repertoire that extends from Baroque to contemporary, and I am sought after for my musically and shimmering technique.
In regards to teaching, I have been employed by various music schools in the New York City area, teaching flute to children and adults. My students have received accolades, and high scores from levels one to five in the NYSSMA Competitions. My experience in various venues, from one on one to group sessions, has honed my teaching skills, and has made me an astute, dynamic, and inspiring teacher that is flexible, and attuned to the needs of each and every student.
I have been teaching for more than four years, and each time I encounter a student, I encounter new challenges. I am somewhat stern, yet kind, and I can easily make students laugh. I also try to find out more about the subject that each student likes so that we can both incorporate a bit of fun into the lesson. My sense of humor has come in handy more that once when I find that a student is struggling. Or I find that just talking for a bit also helps students who become frustrated over a passage. Even though frustration is a part of all our lives, I think it is important for me as a teacher and as a role model to teach students how to handle it, and how to keep pushing forward even if it seems impossible.
I like to being on creating a wonderful sound, and a very good concept of rhythm which relates not only to fingers, but also and internal pulse. I like to also focus a lot on the exhale of air into the instrument, and the relationship to blowing air through technical passages. Once this is grasped, working on scales, various etude books, and applying these concepts to the repertoire works well for both beginner and advanced students. Simply put, playing scales while concentrating on evenness fingers, and internal rhythm which is incorporated into the exhale is what I truly feels makes a great flutist.
As a young student, I was an aural learner, if I heard it done, I could copy it. It was not until very recently that I have been able to grasp and oral way of learning. As young teacher, I find that I can be successful with students in both ways of teaching. It is much easier to inspire the student once I can grasp their way of learning. Once this is achieved, lessons can be exciting and fun for both me, and the student. Accomplishments are wonderful, and with woodwind instruments, the progress can be slow at times, but once a concept is grasped, the student's smile and their passion to move forward is what makes me fall in love with my profession again and again.
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