I believe that everyone can learn confidence, discipline, and the joy of self-expression through studying music. I offer both traditional and Suzuki flute lessons and it is my job and my joy as an educator to tailor my teaching style to meet the varying needs, goals, and interests of each individual student.
Beginner flute students may choose to take either Suzuki or traditional flute lessons. I use either the Suzuki Flute School, Volume 1 or the Abracadabra Flute as well as the Rubank Elementary Method for those interested in NYSSMA. I take care to cultivate both a strong technical foundation and a love of musical discovery in my beginning flute students. I encourage students under 8 years old to consider recorder lessons as a prelude to studying flute.
My advanced students study a broad scope of repertoire and are encouraged to participate in summer festivals, competitions and ensembles. In addition to studying solo pieces, my advanced students also receive guidance in preparing their parts for orchestra and other ensembles.
Lessons for Adults
Adult students’ lessons are tailored to their individual interests and goals. Anyone is welcome whether dusting off their old flute, discovering the joys of flute playing for the first time, or seeking help with trickier technical challenges.
Recorder lessons are recommended as a prelude to studying flute for students under 8 years old for whom playing an instrument is new. Starting with recorder is a great way to learn the fundamentals of music and improve coordination between air, fingers and tongue. Once these skills are solid they will be amply prepared to tackle the larger, more complicated flute.
In Home Lessons in New York City:
Lessons in Inwood and Upper Washington Heights:
In home lessons north of 168th street in Manhattan and at my studio near Fort Tryon Park are:
Discounted Lessons and Scholarships:
I believe all children should have the opportunity to study a musical instrument. Students with financial need are encouraged to contact me about the availability of scholarships and discounted lessons. All financial assistance is contingent on consistent practice and regular attendance at lessons.
New students receive a half price first lesson.
Buying a Flute
I recommend the Yamaha and Gemeinhardt flute brands for beginner students. There are cheaper flutes out there but they tend to be a false economy due to flimsy construction and need frequent and expensive repairs. Buying used flutes online is also risky as they may not be in good condition. For those looking for a budget option SamAsh often has used Gemeinhardt or Yamaha flutes in good condition.
Children under 10 years old may need a curved head joint depending on the length of their arms.
More advanced students looking for an upgrade please contact me. I would be happy to recommend brands and models in line with your goals and price range.