Yes, I teach private lessons!
In addition to teaching college flute students at Delta State University, I also enjoy teaching a limited number private students of all ages and abilities.I have a very limited number of openings in my studio but am always interested in meeting dedicated, hardworking, and enthusiastic students. If you are interested in learning more about private instruction, please browse this page and my Studio Policies and then give me a call.
My teaching style is positive and encouraging -- I give very specific feedback, and my goal is that students will eventually gain the skills needed to become independent musicians, no matter what their career paths may be. My students play in informal recitals several times each year and get to participate in some fun workshops and group classes. The Fife Program allows young students begin quickly and successfully with fun songs. I'm also available for clinics, masterclasses, and chamber music and/or flute choir coaching.
I am occasionally asked if a university professor is an appropriate teacher for a child who is beginning to learn the flute. It's a good question, and the answer is yes! Before moving to Delta State, I had a flourishing studio of private flute students in addition to my university teaching responsibilities, and I still make time for dedicated high school, middle school, and elementary aged students. I really enjoy teaching students to make their very first note on a flute, and I enjoy seeing them progress as musicians. I've taught all ages, from second grade to age 83!
Students are expected to be prepared for their lessons, to be open to suggestions, and to be willing to participate in studio activities, including group classes and recitals. Although students are encouraged to participate in music festivals, honor bands, and other flute activities, I want to stress that I am NOT interested in "cutthroat," competitive students. Students are expected to work hard--and to be supportive and encouraging to each other.
- Do you offer group classes? Private students of similar abilities and ages meet together occasionally for group lessons and ensemble participation.
- May I take lessons every other week? I'm happy to work with adult or out-of-town students on an irregular basis, but for students up through 18, I do not offer twice-monthly lessons. This is because flute students need consistent instruction and regular practice in order to achieve success. It is far better to take a 30 minute lesson each week than to take a 60 minute lesson twice each month. Students who are considering attending DSU are certainly welcome to come take an occasional lesson.
- Can I afford lessons? I try to price lessons reasonably for hardworking students. Additionally, some of my college students, under my supervision, also teach private lessons at a lower price. Please contact me and we'll see what's best for you.
- Do you teach jazz? My area of speciality is in teaching "classical flute" instead of jazz, pop, new age, or ethnic flutes (but I can recommend a great teacher).