Teaching Philosophy

A music teacher is a mentor who guides your child’s life journey as they develop their musical skills.  When searching for a teacher, it’s important for families to find an instructor who is able to perform at an advanced level, who has a firm grasp of other musical disciplines such as theory and history, who has a sharp set of ears and eyes to troubleshoot potential problems, and who is able to communicate ideas effectively to students. 

I provide a safe, nurturing, and encouraging, yet challenging space for a student to grow and develop musical maturity.  There are so many facets of musicianship that it is critical that none are neglected:  a beautiful sound, technical facility, proper body mechanics, and an artistic interpretation, to name a few.

Even if a student doesn't intend to become a professional musician, developing competence with an instrument can bring countless opportunities for recreation and joy to an individual well into adulthood.  A child might never calculate another geometric equation or translate a phrase into French as an adult, but there will be numerous occasions for them to play music their entire lives, either in their own homes for their own enjoyment, or for the benefit of others (at formal concerts, houses of worship, weddings, or just jamming with friends), which is why I tell my own children that music practice is the most important hour in the day. 

My students have the opportunity to attend the annual Flute Society of St. Louis Flute Day as a group, experiment with playing REAL GOLD FLUTES,  perform in masterclasses and competitions, and enjoy regular opportunities for recitals and more relaxed socializing as a group.  I host two summer camps for older students: “Scales and Skills” to prepare students for upcoming auditions, as well as a "Chamber Music" camp that allows students the opportunity to play in trios, quartets, and quintets.  I also host a “Miniature Musician” camp that builds basic musicianship for younger students.

Typically, lessons with me involve learning a broad range of repertoire, including works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, as well as works by exciting Contemporary composers. Western music is based on scale and arpeggio patterns, so we spend time making sure our scales are in fabulous shape (we have Scale Olympics often). We might devote several minutes to working on tone or technique.  We may spend time going over questions about band music, audition materials, or getting ready for competitions.

Learning doesn't just stop in the lesson room.  I work hard to do everything in my power to help my students succeed.  I write comprehensive lesson notes, create and send demonstration videos to help illustrate difficult concepts, and am available throughout the week to give feedback, answer questions, or help a student who may be struggling. 

Music is a discipline and takes time and patience to properly cultivate, but anything worth doing in life is worth investing time and effort into.  Achievement breeds a sense of pride and satisfaction, and I expect my students to come to weekly lessons prepared by thoroughly practicing on a daily basis in order to make proper progress.