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When I meet a new student, I like to sit down with a parent/guardian to first discuss the student's goals for taking lessons, and for me to become acquainted with their musical background so far. I will answer any questions, and then I'll hear the student play something they've already worked on, maybe in school or on their own. This gives me a chance to hear them play something they're comfortable with. I will take notes throughout this time so I can alter my own curriculum for their needs.
I have a degree in Flute Performance from Hofstra University. I have been playing the flute for thirteen years, and teaching for 6. I have experience working with students of different ages/levels of ability.
I incorporate aspects of music theory and music history to provide a thorough education. Additionally, I strongly focus on preventing posture and playing habits that can lead to back and shoulder pain, as well as carpal tunnel or tendonitis.
The first lesson will always be free as a trial lesson. This is so myself, the student, and a parent/guardian can get to know each other and discuss the students' goals and reasons for taking lessons. My standard pricing is $25 for a half hour lesson and $50 for an hour-long lesson. However, if that is not feasible for your family, I strongly encourage you to inquire about a quote and I'm happy to work something out with you.
I began teaching when I was in high school, by teaching group lessons for beginner high school students. In college and post-grad, I continued to teach private lessons, mainly working with elementary school students, including preparing them for NYSSMA solo evaluations.
These are a few questions a student can think about if they have a chance. I ask these and a few other follow up questions when we meet in person. (there are no wrong answers here!)
Why do you want to take private lessons? (for fun, for an audition, to improve?)
Do you like to practice? Why or why not?
Is there anything specific about your playing that you want to work on?
Why do you like music?
Is there a particular musician or flutist you enjoy listening to? (any genre!)