Tori Yaussy's Flute Studio
Tori Lupinek’s warm, enveloping sound and personality have made their way south to Houston by way of Alaska and Chicagoland. In her aim to be a versatile musician, Tori has found herself in university-level teaching positions, backstage as a production assistant, buried in music as a librarian, and as president of music student social groups. Her performances vary from symphony orchestras and wind bands, to new music ensembles and woodwind quintets. As a musician, Tori believes that “classical” music is for everyone and has the capacity to work wonders on open hearts. In flute lessons, she uses music as a conduit to instill deeper intellectual awareness in her students. Tori takes a fundamentally human approach to every aspect of her varied career as a musician by appealing to the individual, and allowing beauty to grow from there.
I am very happy to be able to offer both in-person lessons in the Houston area, in addition to video chat lessons! I have years of experience working with beginning middle school students, advancing high schoolers, college undergraduate players, and adult beginners. If you love your flute, there is a place for you in my studio!
I believe that each and every student benefits from private music lessons. At the most basic level, private lessons allow students to have a one-on-one relationship with an adult outside of the formalities of a classroom setting. It is important to me that my students understand that flute lessons are a safe space in a world spinning faster by the day. I teach students to engage and question, and I encourage self-discovery. In lessons, we have fun, we learn, we make music. Oh, and we learn how to play the flute too!
I am specialized in audition preparation and I incorporate body awareness techniques into my teaching. I have years of audition preparation experience, and body awareness has helped me personally. I enjoy passing this unique information onto my students because no one helped me with it when I was their age!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Our first lesson is usually a get-to-know-you lesson. We have a laid back conversation about our hobbies and interests. I always ask students if there is a specific area of their playing that they need help with. We also establish a realistic practice schedule. After our first lesson, I have a tried-and-true method to develop beautiful tone and memorize fingerings. This process usually takes about one school year. Students have to understand that learning takes time. They aren't going to become a rockstar overniight, but they will be good musicians when I'm done with them!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance, DePaul University
Master of Music, Flute Performance and Literature, University of Illinois
Years of performing experience
10 years of audtion experience
Extensive Alexander Technique lessons
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Standard rate: $50/hr
1hr lesson $50
45 min. lesson $37.50
30 min. lesson $25
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching when I was in high school, when neighborhood beginner flutists started coming to me for tips and advice. My first experience teaching lessons was as a senior working with beginners. That was a challenge!
What types of students have you worked with?
6th grade beginners
Students with learning disabilities
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
One of my 6th grade beginners understands ALL of her enharmonic equivalents!! This was very exciting and impressive for a beginner!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
99% of the time, you get what you pay for! Find a teacher with at least one degree in either music education with a flute performance minor, or flute performance. On the other side of that coin, you will pay a very pretty penny for lessons with world-class performers, but not everyone knows how to teach well. Some teachers are more strict and really push students to perform well, and others conduct lessons in a more relaxed style. It is important to find someone who can cater to your individual learning style! That is the mark of a master teacher.