Studying music is a great way to not only hone your skills and increase your brain power (both kids and adults) but also join a fantastic community of musicians in an endeavor that is endlessly challenging and rewarding! Although Laura presently performs mostly traditional Irish music she has played the silver flute for 28 years and still continues and enjoys teaching both styles and flutes. Laura has developed a reputation as an excellent teacher both locally and nationally and has regular students who travel from Philadelphia, PA, western Maryland, the eastern shore and central Virginia.Teaching Background
Laura graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1995 receiving a BM in Music Education and a BM in Flute Performance. She taught silver flute at the Suzuki School of Maryland from 1996 - 1998 and has been teaching Irish flute at Goucher College since 2002. In all, she's been teaching silver flute privately since the late 1980's and Irish flute since 2000. Laura founded the Baltimore Irish Arts Center in 2002 which offers group lessons in Irish music. Laura has taught for numerous workshops and Irish weeks around the U.S. including the Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham which is one of the world's most highly regarded Irish music festivals. Teaching Philosophy
Creating music should be an enjoyable experience. Students are challenged however the aim is to inspire love and appreciation of music- students should want to practice and enjoy playing music. Classical Flute: Bring to lesson: instrument, small staff paper notebook, pencil and music. You will work on tone production, scales, and technical studies, band music, audition music (such as All-State, chair test music, and music for solo and ensemble contests), sight-reading and duets. Irish Flute / penny whistle: Bring to lesson: instrument (lessons can be taught on silver flute, wooden flute or tin whistle), recording device This is an aural tradtion and the music is best taught and learned that way. You will develop your ability to learn and play music by ear (which can be a great thing for your performing ability on other instruments for those who play them.) You will learn all types of traditional Irish dance tunes as well as some slow airs focusing on the ornaments and technique it takes to make this music sound Irish.