Private lessons are a great way to further your abilities or just to learn how to have fun while playing! For the past ten years, I have been working privately with students from ages 3 and up in lessons personalized to every student that walks in the door. I use positive reinforcement throughout all of my lessons because after all, any artistic endeavor has it's ups and downs. What's most important is building your confidence and passion for the art and allowing you to find your own voice in music. With beginner students, we'll focus on how to properly care for your instrument, how to comfortably hold it, how to create a clean and rich tone, and the fundamentals of technique, theory, and ear training. Intermediate and advanced students will build off of this foundation and we'll focus on honing your technique and providing you with all of the tools to express music in the way you wish. We'll fill in holes and correct habits that may have been previously learned. I also have experience working with students with special needs.
I have been teaching privately and in group settings since 2008. I received my Bachelor's in Music Performance in 2012 from the University of Southern Maine and my Masters in Music Performance in 2014 from UMass Amherst. I perform with and am on the sub list for various orchestras throughout New England including Precious Metals Flute Ensemble, The Tim Janis Ensemble, NH Philharmonic, Belmont Festival Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Lowell Philharmonic, Symphony NH, and The Refugee Orchestra Project. I have toured with various chamber ensembles and maintain a busy freelancing schedule. I also lead the Campbell High School Flute Choir in Litchfield, NH.
I enjoy giving my students the voice, the tools, and the confidence they need to perform the music the way they imagine it should go. I enjoy watching the pride my students get when they accomplish goals (both musical and non-musical) that they never thought they could accomplish.
I decided to revisit piano lessons after a few years and found Erin on Lessons.com. She is knowledgeable, patient and a pleasure to work with.
The first lesson is always an evaluation of where the student is at with their abilities. I ask students to come prepared to their first lesson with a piece they are working on (a band piece, solo piece, or something they've been playing for fun) and any books they own/have worked on in the past. Through seeing what they've done, what they enjoy playing/listening to, and by talking to them about their goals, I am able to easily pinpoint reasonable goals for the year ahead.
I have a Masters in Music Performance (2014) from UMass Amherst and a Bachelors in Music Performance (2012) from the University of Southern Maine. I have attended various masterclasses including the Julius Baker Masterclass, ARIA Summer Music Academy, and Le Domaine Forget.
The fee for lessons is due at the first lesson of each month.
30 Minutes $30.00
45 Minutes $40.00
60 Minutes $55.00
I started teaching mostly as a favor to a friend in town. She wanted her 6 year old daughter to learn how to play the flute. From then on, I gradually taught more and more until I realized how much I loved teaching when I taught at the USM Summer Youth Band Day Camp.
I have worked with all types! I work with students age 3 and up (depending on the instrument). It's never too late to start learning! Whether you're taking lessons to have successful auditions or just to have fun, I enjoy working with everyone.
I also have experience teaching students with special needs such as Asbergers, Autism, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and physical disabilities.
Recently one of my high school students placed 2nd in her division in a competition at an area Music Academy!
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