The flute is the most expressive and agile of orchestral instruments, with a beautiful tone and a wide and varied repertoire which spans from baroque and classical to contemporary music.
Flute lessons are tailored to the needs of each student: I base my teaching methods on the latest evidence-based research in instrumental teaching, coaching and performance practice, and take different approaches depending on the age, level, circumstances and goals of each student.
The curriculum I follow is the one set out and proven to be successful in the Italian and French conservatoire, but I adapt this to suit the needs, aims and interests of each individual; Flute lessons generally consist of:
- learning correct, healthy and relaxed embouchure (lip position), breathing and body posture
- studies to improve aspects of playing such as tone, dexterity, expression (for example Moyse, Koehler, Andersen)
- Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern repertoire (for example Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Briccialdi, Debussy, Hindermith, Varese)
- other repertoire, such as experimental music (for example Berio)
- learning musical terms, theory and history of music and issues in performance practice to correctly interpret the repertoire
- listening exercises necessary for a good performance of the repertoire
- if you want to perform in public, preparation for festivals and concerts, playing in duets, chamber ensembles and orchestras
- if you want to do exams, preparation for the Associated Board exams (grades 1-8 and advanced Diploma exams)
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