* Over 25 Years of teaching experience from age 6 to adult, beginners to college music majors.
* Winner of several pedagogy awards
*Frequent adjudicator for Chicago-area music competitions such as ILMEA, AIJB, SAM, CFC, and more
*BM from Northwestern University, MA in Ethnomusicology
*Decades of Professional Performing experience including radio, film, CDs, theatre, orchestra and solo and chamber music work.
It is such a rewarding and exciting task to help "switch on" a passion for music in my students, as well to help them nurture the desire to work hard in order to accomplish their goals. I consider my main job to be "teaching HOW to practice", so that during the other six days of the week that I DON'T see my students they can continue on their pathway of growth through intelligent, thoughtful practice. I love to get them inspired, excited and motivated, and then to sit back and listen to the beautiful music they can make.
Kim is a wonderful teacher. I have always wanted to learn playing flute and finally got the chance at my 40's. Kim makes learning a lot of fun. I have wanted to play south asian music and she teaches me how to play them as well.
I was really able to not just learn technique and theory, but also developed a beautiful tone while learning under Kim. I also appreciate how she stresses learning pieces of classical and contemporary nature, as well as encouraging memorization for concerts and participation in competitions and skill examinations.
After a trial lesson where we determine if we are a good fit for each other, I determine what level the student is playing at and where strengths and weakness lie, and inquire about their goals, motivations and learning styles. Then together we develop a plan for ongoing regular lessons.
BM in Flute Performance from Northwestern University (student of Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef)
MA in Ethnomusicology with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Music
Performer for dozens of masterclasses, workshops, convention classes and other continuing ed. work.
During the school year, students pay a flat fee at the beginning of each month that spreads out all fees for the year, including weekly lessons, theory, group classes, recitals, and more.
In the summer payment is expected at the beginning of the month for the number of lessons you have scheduled for that month (to accomodate vacations, etc).
I was very advanced at an early age, and was asked to help teach students younger than myself when I was in high school. I love it and have never stopped!
6 year olds through adults
beginners through professionals
college music majors
classical players and people interested in ethnic flutes (nay, pennywhistle, etc)
autistic, hearing impaired, anxiety disorders, learning and other disabilities
Do your research and find someone who will challenge your weaknesses, encourage your strengths, and inspire you with their own playing, who is not afraid of your questions and can teach you how to practice so that you can work toward a lifetime of learning.
Know your own learning style, what inspires and motivates you, and what your goals are. Be honest about how much work you are willing to put in, and how willing you are to listen to what they have to say.