I look forward to working with you and learning about music and the flute
together. Through private lessons, here is a partial list of goals for us to
will develop technical skills as a musician which will allow you to express
yourself creatively and musically.
will develop skills in listening, critiquing, and evaluating musical
will acquire skills in performance, practice techniques, setting and
realizing goals, and assessment of weekly/quarterly accomplishments.
What you need:
flute in good working condition
notebook or blank music book
music stand for practicing at home
cleaning cloth and rod
inexpensive metronome (required of all students)
tuner (for all students with more than two years of experience)
music and other texts, etc., as deemed necessary by the instructor. (I am aware that music is
expensive and will always try to help you find economical prices whenever
are expected to keep a lesson notebook. The notebook should contain:
are due either first of the month or
weekly. Please be consistent once a payment plan is agreed upon.
you need to miss a lesson, please give me advance notice (48 hours minimum)
so that we can reschedule. Because regular flute lessons are important in
encouraging regular practice routines and musical development, I would prefer to
reschedule lessons rather than canceling them. A charge for cancelled lessons
will apply if reschedule isn't possible and the cancellation occurred less than
36 hours in advance.
you must cancel on the day of a lesson, please leave a message on my voice mail
at 206-579-7073. E-mail is NOT an acceptable method of canceling a lesson.
Please do not assume that I am aware of government
holidays or school vacations; not all schools follow the same calendars, so
please let me know if you will need to cancel for a specific reason. Finally,
if you haven't practiced, or if the flute is at the repair shop, please don't
cancel your lesson—we can still make some musical progress!
each lesson, we will work on tone production, technical studies, and flute
repertoire (a solo and/or duet). We may also work on school band music as
needed, and any solos you wish to play for contests or asked to perform for
school, church, etc. Students are responsible for providing their own music.
Parents are welcome to observe lessons at any time. Student recitals will
be scheduled each spring.
are an exercise in “teamwork.” The “team” includes the student, the
teacher, and the parent(s). Parents are expected to encourage students, to
remind (or nag!) them to practice, and to help them obtain needed materials in a
timely manner. I have found that when parents take an active role in encouraging
students to practice, students experience more success. Students are expected to
practice a minimum of one hour daily for a 1 hour private weekly lesson. Junior
high and high school students who want to major in music in college are expected
to increase these times accordingly.
are responsible for finding your own accompanist for recitals and competitions
and working out a schedule for rehearsal, lessons, and performance. I am happy
to provide you with a list of pianists and will assist you in coordinating with
other students to share accompanist fees.
are required to listen to one new recording every two weeks. These
recordings can be either Classical or Christian in style. This is a wonderful
way to learn about music and the flute! Please keep a list in your notebook with
any observations you may have. Recordings may be borrowed from the public library or checked out
from the instructor. You are also encouraged to begin to collect your own
library of recordings.
for sheet music and supplies:
ordering music, make sure it is in stock. Music stores will offer to back-order
music for you, but it may take a long time to arrive.
Buying new instruments:
get my “approval” before purchasing new instruments. I may be able to help
you find a better price or a higher quality instrument. I am more than happy to
visit music stores with you to assist you in purchasing instruments. (I do not
charge extra for being your “personal shopper”.)
hope that flute lessons will be a very positive experience for you. A chance to
grow musically and spiritually. If you ever
have any questions, don’t hesitate to call me (after 8:00 am and before 10:30