Are you ready to take your playing to the next level?
Tired of dreading walking onstage?
Or what about just having fun with music?
If you answered YES, keep scrolling!
By taking private lessons, you will:
Learn how to make a beautiful sound (and without feeling lightheaded, too!)
Be exposed to a wide variety of flute music
Cultivate valuable dispositions and life skills like self-discipline, public speaking, and responsibility
Feel confident in auditions (and not like you’re going to be sick)
Learn about music theory and history and make connections to real life
Perform in virtual studio recitals
Participate in local youth symphony or All State ensemble flute auditions and competitions
Play duets with me (or another student)
"Why should I take lessons with you?"
My lessons put an emphasis on mental and bodily awareness and enjoying the experience of music. I believe wellness is crucial for flute playing!
Students have access to a plethora of resources on my Resources page on my website 24/7 that has everything from links to informational videos to helpful website links such as tips to ensure a productive online lesson!
Parents and guardians are kept up-to-date on their child's progress and can check in on assignments at any time through their child’s Studio Google Drive folder.
I love the flute and I love teaching it! I hold a Master’s degree in flute performance and continue to be an active performer and share ideas with other top-level musicians and bring their ideas in my students’ lessons.
My Teaching Philosophy
I believe that being an artist requires being willing to jump into the unknown.
Growing up, I was in general a shy person around everyone except my closest friends and family. To this day, I mainly classify myself as an introvert. Oftentimes when I tell people this, they are surprised. "You get on stage and speak and perform, and you have so much energy in lessons?!" is usually the response. However, I know that this is a learned skill, and have taken several years of putting myself out there to overcome performance anxiety by being confident in my competence.
The courage and willingness to make mistakes can free the mind to focus on the task at hand, which helps mitigate performance anxiety. I work to use this principle in lessons by reviewing areas for improvement with my student by inviting the student to change their frame of mind.
Students in my studio get the benefit of working to learn music in various styles, not just Bach. I recognize students draw musical inspiration from a lot of different places. Many of the concepts of flute playing can be taught with popular music too!
Music (and any fine art) is about communication. I believe music is part of our lives, and enjoy hearing about other parts of my students’ lives. My goal as a teacher is to develop a lifelong love and appreciation of music. We’re here to communicate that love to ourselves and our audience through our playing, and that takes courage!
My students have the ability to perform in virtual recitals and play some of their favorite arrangements during our summer Pops recital.
Ready to take your flute playing to the next level?
“I’ve massively improved my finger technique, my breathing, my tone quality, my vibrato, my musicality…every part of my playing has gotten so much better while working with Dustin.”