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I view my role as a university professor to be as much a guide and mentor as an instructor, giving students an active role in their learning. This ranges from giving students choice in repertoire, the power to make decisions about performances and competitions that interest them, and the freedom to participate in various chamber ensembles, as well as giving them a voice in many other aspects of their musicianship, and professionalism.  One of the most valuable traits musicians and budding adults can develop is in becoming an independent, creative, and critical thinker - to really become one's own person. I ask students to take responsibility for their learning by bringing questions to each lesson and to work as their own teacher throughout their practice weeks, practicing with curiosity, diligence, an open mind, and a questioning spirit. This expectation combined with a regular routine of fundamental musical exercises, scales, etudes, and repertoire helps students develop their musicianship and musical maturity. There is an emphasis on listening to great performances with writing assignments due weekly, and all students work at their own individual level toward their unique goals.





I give a limited number of private flute lessons outside of my university teaching through Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and in person. I teach all levels of students from beginner through pre-professional. Contact me for more information. 

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