Free Trial Lesson

I am happy to offer a FREE 30 minute trial lesson to new students interested in taking lessons at The Flute Studio.

In this lesson you will:

  • Perform a piece of your choosing
  • Receive valuable input regarding your performance
  • Learn about The Flute Studio
  • This lesson also serves as an evaluation for admission into The Flute Studio

As a student/parent you should always have an introductory lesson with a private teacher.  Important information you should look for when searching for a new teacher:

  • Education – where did the teacher go to college?  Do they have a Bachelor or Masters degree in FLUTE PERFORMANCE?
  • Who were their teachers?
  • Do they teach at any local colleges?
  • Do they perform professionally?  Where?
  • Do the students in the studio have opportunities to perform?
  • Does the teacher offer audition preparation?
  • Do the teacher’s students perform in top ensembles in the area?
  • Is it a thriving music studio?

My answers to the above questions (but, please read my bio too!)

  • Education – where did I go to college?  I went to two of the top schools in the country for flute performance: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (BFA – Flute Performance), MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC (MM – Flute Performance)
  • Who were my teachers? JEANNE BAXTRESSER (New York Philharmonic), JENNIFER STEELE-CONNER (Pittsburgh Symphony), ALBERTO ALMARZA (International Soloist), STEPHANIE MORTIMORE (Metropolitan Opera), LINDA CHESIS (International Soloist)
  • Do I teach at any local colleges? I am the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Washington and Jefferson College
  • Do I perform professionally? YES!  I perform throughout PA, OH and WV in numerous professional ensembles, including the PITTSBURGH OPERA, ALLEGHENY CITY RAGTIME ORCHESTRA, WESTMORELAND SYMPHONY, WHEELING SYMPHONY, AKRON SYMPHONY, YOUNGSTOWN SYMPHONY and more!
  • Do the students in the studio have opportunities to perform?  Yes!  We have two recitals each year – a garden recital in South Park and a winter recital (2014 at PPG Wintergarden)
  • Do I offer audition preparation?  Yes, I am a specialist in competition and college audition preparation.
  • Do my students perform in top ensembles in the area? My students have performed in All-State Orchestra, Regional Band and Orchestra, District Band and Orchestra, Honors Band, Three Rivers Young Persons Orchestra, Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and more! 
  • Is it a thriving music studio?  Yes!  I have taught over 100 students in the past 15 years. 

This offer is for new students only.  7 days notice for cancellations.  Student must provide their own instrument.  Limited to teacher availability.  

 

FAQ about Flute Lessons:

 

Where is The Flute Studio located?

The Flute Studio is convieniently located in Bethel Park – less than 5 minutes from South Hills Village Mall, Upper St Clair and Peters Township.

What do I need for my first lesson?

Your flute!  If you have music from school or previous teachers that you would like to bring to start, please do.  I have my own set of warm ups and activities to get us started, but I also love to hear something that you have prepared and are comfortable playing to demonstrate your skills.  We usually choose music in the first 2 weeks of lessons.  When we choose music I recommend music that will both challenge you and keep you interested – if you don’t like it we generally don’t play it (although scales are a neccessary part of life!!)  I want lessons and your flute to be fun! 

When can I get started?

Send me an email and we’ll try to schedule a time (flutelessons@msn.com).