I have a Master's Degree in Flute Performance and almost a Master's Degree in Piano Accompanying. I have been teaching Music in the Public Schools and at Hummingbird Music Camp for the past 20 years. I am also a church musician. I teach in my home and do have dogs so if you have a pet allergy I might not be good for you. I only have room for around 10 students per week and can only teach on Saturdays or the late afternoons during the school year. I have helped several students win competitions, make all-state, and get scholarships to college. I also have had some students who just wanted to learn to play for fun. Either way we can target your
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Sara Tutland is a Nationally Certified teacher of music and plays flute and piccolo in the New Mexico Philharmonic. She also plays alto flute for Arts In Medicine. In her music studio she offers flute lessons for students of all levels, piano lessons for beginning and intermediate students, ensemble coaching, and instruction in music theory. Children and adults are welcome. Visit saratutlandflutestudio.com.
I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, and am a frequent guest clinician for group masterclasses and sectionals, as well. While I truly enjoy getting young beginners off to the right start, most of my students are adults or advanced high school students, for which I have the most to offer.
Lessons may take place at my studio in the South Valley, or in the convenience of your own home for those located in Corrales, Northwest Albuquerque, or Southeast Rio Rancho.
My rate is $45 per hour session, plus New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax.
Email, call, or text to schedule your first lesson.
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Hello. My name is Suzanne Teng and I’ve played the flute since I was 10 years old. I started to excel at the flute when I was 14 and my band teacher asked me if I was interested in teaching. I said “sure!” So he signed me up on a list of available teachers and my first students were beginning 4th graders in my neighborhood. Just a few students, but I remember the experience well. I was really excited to be sharing my love and knowledge of the flute and to introduce kids to reading music. And, I was making money at it and feeling proud of my new job!
What do you love most about your job?
I have been teaching ever since. I’ve taught just about all ages and levels, from preschool children to adults in their 70’s. I’ve taught beginners through professionals at settings as wide ranging as music conservatories to World Music camps in the woods. What I love most about teaching is meeting so many interesting people and helping them grow. Sometimes it’s helping an advanced flutist learn a piece for an audition. Sometimes it’s helping an adult who was emotionally wounded when a music teacher told them that they shouldn’t play music, and they shed those wounds and rediscover their love of music and music-making. It’s really profound when I can inspire someone to experience the depth and power that making music can bring to them.
Tell us about your passion for teaching
I’ve taught classical flute for almost 40 years (oops, gave away my age)…and have been teaching world flutes for about 20 years. I teach people to play their instruments, to play musically and from their heart, and to learn to improvise and compose their own music. More and more, I’m blending the worlds of classical and non classical music, and I love inspiring flutists to discover that they too, can play not only from the sheet music, but from their hearts and souls.
What advice would you give aspiring students?
Today, there are more musicians than ever, and the standards of playing has never been higher. I like to encourage aspiring students to enjoy the process as much as possible, to be hard working and disciplined if they want to play professionally, but to also just relax and enjoy the process so that they don’t forget that the rewards of playing are multitude, and not just to be better than the next person. Each of us is a unique individual, and by honoring our unique traits and our unique experiences, we will discover our unique voices and to be able to share your voice with others is a gift unlike any other.