Dominique Kim Flute & Piano Lessons

Dominique Kim Flute & Piano Lessons

1 employee
13 years in business

About this pro

- I am a graduate of Harvard College and the Juilliard Pre-College division, and am a current Masters Student at the New England Conservatory (Harvard/NEC Dual Degree program candidate)

- I have over 5 years of teaching experience, all levels

- My holistic pedagogical approach includes technique building, music theory, and ear training

- I also offer practice coaching and audition preparation coaching

I love helping pave a student's path to achieving their goals. Watching a student grow and ultimately learn how to teach themselves in small ways is incredibly rewarding. I love serving as a role model in sound production and artistry, and being able to guide a student to achieve the sound that they seek.

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Boston, MA 02115
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In understanding why a student wants to take lessons, I like to draft a set of short-term and long-term goals because I find that setting certain progress points can help motivate students. Once these goals are set, then the technical elements will fall into place in pursuit of these goals. I typically assign scales and/or etudes for technique development, a few pieces (depending on the student's level and commitment), and music theory assignments.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

From the Juilliard Pre-College to Harvard College and the New England Conservatory, I've had the opportunity to study with a number of world-class teachers, which has helped me experience various teaching techniques. I have also taken dozens of auditions and performed countless concerts, which inform my teaching model.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been inspired by some very special musicians and teachers, and for me it was only natural that I wanted to pass down my practice and experience to other students. I started by teaching piano to 2 little kids that lived in my building and found the process of teaching absolute beginners extremely rewarding and humbling.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with young toddlers all the way up to adults with jobs that wanted to revisit their instrument during their free time.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It is important to figure out what teaching style works best for you. Some students need a strict teacher to keep them on track, while others may find this too restricting. Finding a teacher that you are comfortable being around is also integral to being able to develop as both a musician and person throughout your musical journey. And finally, look for a teacher whose sound or playing you admire; one of the most important jobs of a teacher is to serve as a role model for the student.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about what you would like to accomplish on your instrument, and where you would like your musical pursuits to take you. You do not have to be pursuing music professionally to benefit from the experience of studying music; learning and mastering any craft is rewarding in so many ways.