Music has the power to be the most rewarding part of a students life. Therefore, it matters greatly with whom they study.
I began playing the flute in 7th grade band in Los Angeles, CA. From there I continued playing in high school band, region band, and the California all state band, as well as youth orchestras all across Southern California until I graduated high school and moved to New York City to begin my Bachelors degree at The Juilliard School. After graduation I moved to Houston to get my Masters degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
I have taught all over Houston at public junior high and high schools in Cy-Fair, Houston, Pearland, and Sugarland ISD’s, as well as at Vivaldi Music Academy, Houston Community College, and as a coach for the Houston Youth Symphony. I have taught for Floot Fire Houston, for The Informed Flutist, Aralee Dorough’s flute intensive at the University of Houston, and at the Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN. I was also the non-major flute teacher while a graduate student at Rice University.
Students of mine can be found studying music all over Texas and beyond, including flute majors at the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M, as well as at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
For more information, please see my website www.douglasdevries.com
Studying music has proven to equip both children and young adults, students of all ages, with the tools necessary for excelling in life: discipline, focus, perseverance, confidence, and self-esteem. As such, having a teacher that develops and coaches these skills while also nurturing the artistic and creative growth of the young musician is absolutely essential. It is my belief and practice that all students need a place to explore, create, challenge, and discover, and for me, as a child that space was the practice room and my weekly flute lessons. Now as a teacher and professional musician I consider it my privilege to do the same for young flutists today.
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Douglas DeVries is a fantastic teacher for someone wanting to get better at learning flute. He is kind and compassionate, consistent and punctual with your lessons, and is very passionate to see personal growth.
Mr. DeVreis is an excellent teacher and very proficient in flute. I would recommend his teaching to anyone!
I teach out of my home studio, located conveniently in Rice Village, steps from Rive University right in the heart of Houston, TX.
Private lessons are designed to take place weekly and in person, though I am equipped to teach lessons online on a case-by-case basis should the need arise.
Flute lessons for beginner and early intermediate players are 30 minutes long, and for the developing intermediate flutist and the advanced student lessons will be one hour.
Your time in these lessons will focus on stimulating your musical, technical and emotional growth as a flutist. Together we will establish your focus for each semester and will appropriate necessary scales, etudes, tone development studies, and repertoire.
Lessons are meant to be enjoyable for both teacher and student. The primary goal is for great music to be created and enjoyed. As such, please be aware that whatever preparation you put forth will be the benefit you reap by the end of our time together.
Each week, I leave my students with a practice plan/assignments to complete, and progress will be gaged at each lesson. It will be impossible to gage and/or make progress as an instrumentalist without putting in the amount of practice time that is necessary to complete the daily and weekly assignments. As such, please consider the implied time commitment required when taking private flute lessons.