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Katie M. - Ear training, Flute, Music theory Teacher

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$45per hour

Ear Training & Flute Lessons

Katie's lessons:

Ear Training, Flute, Music Theory

Ear training Lessons

I have several years of experience teaching college-level ear training and students can expect to become more familiar identifying various modes/scales, chords, common melodic and scale patterns, and intervallic content. Students will also become more proficient with activities such as intonation identification, call and response, and melodic/rhythmic/harmonic dictation.

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Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Classical
Ages
5 to 25

Flute Lessons

I am a professional flutist with several years of orchestral, chamber, and solo performing experience and I bring that knowledge to lessons. I focus on practical and individually-tailored lessons emphasizing each student's personal goals, interests, and abilities. Whether students are interested in pursuing a musical career or simply looking for personal enrichment, my first aim is to promote a love for music and playing the flute.
Serious advanced students can expect a structured routine aimed at building technique and repertoire while developing sound and personal artistic voice.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Classical
Ages
5 to 50

Music theory Lessons

Music theory is my dual passion with performing and I have taught in both classroom and one-on-one scenarios for many years as well as working on the publishing side with a peer-reviewed journal.

Music Theory is an important part of developing the complete musician and though it can be intimidating, it is also a fascinating exploration of how we experience music.

Students can expect an enthusiastic and patient explanation of basic musical structures and will become familiar with musical analysis and theoretical thought, both conventional and current trends in the field.
Topics to be covered include basic music reading and notation, rhythm skills and identification, interval and chord structures, musical form, voice leading, and analysis.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Classical
Ages
5 to 50

Overview

I've been an active performer in the Central Florida area in orchestral, chamber, and solo settings since I started by college career. I'm Floridian, born and bred, and earned degrees in flute performance and music theory from Rollins College (BA) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (MM), and the University of Central Florida (MA). I'm proud to have studied with wonderful flutists Robin Etter and Nora Lee Garcia. During my adventures as a graduate student in Colorado, I helped found the Colorado New Music Ensemble, an organization dedicated to providing cultural enrichment opportunities by performing music written solely by still-living composers with a preference for American compositions. With this ensemble, I had the pleasure of playing flute, alto flute, and piccolo on the North American Premiere of Nico Muhly’s Drones, Variations, Ornaments. Since returning to Florida for my continued graduate music studies, I enjoy playing with the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park and the New Score Chamber Orchestra as second flutist, regularly performing on the masterworks for orchestra and choir as well as feeding my passion for premiering new compositions. In addition to performance engagements, I happily serves as adjunct instructor of flute at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl.

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

I have taught music lessons to all levels of players in a variety of settings, but especially in one-on- one music lessons, and enjoy all students equally. Also, Music is not my only passion, I’m also an avid crafter and have taught all manner of children’s sewing and crafting classes to students as young as 5 years old. I enjoy contributing to the growth and future of young players and working with kids is the best way to ensure the next generation of music lovers.

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

So the main factor in how a lesson will differ is the level of the student’s playing. Beyond that, as an adult student, the basic difference you can expect is that I will treat you like an adult, in that I will expect you to be able to communicate your understanding and further needs from me as your teacher, lessons tend to be much more conversation based in terms of you directing what you would like to learn from me. I am also considerate of working professional’s schedules and personal goals and so building a lesson plan for you will take all of this into consideration. For Kids, I tend to focus on developing a set of expectations for them as a musician and setting up weekly routines in terms of practice habits and repertoire, all of which contribute to a sense of personal responsibility and time management, which is useful in any path they choose. Of course, older students will experience a similar set of expectations as well, however they are given a certain level of benefit of the doubt in terms of their ability to manage these. With any student, though, I aim to develop a unique musical identity on top of these core things.

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Why should I choose you as my teacher?

Teaching is something that, the more time I spend as a musician, the more apparent it is that my purpose in this field is to continue to perform and inspire, but most importantly to educate and inspire. Continuing to spread my passion for music of any variety and shape the most well-rounded and passionate young players is the best contribution I can make to my art. As my student, you can expect to develop your unique voice as a musician in addition to becoming familiar with standard practices and expectations depending on the history and genre of music you are performing. I like to instill in players a good sense of time management and self-motivation when it comes to developing a healthy practice routine, and also give them a good idea of what to expect when it comes to lessons at a serious collegiate level should they choose to pursue that. Above all else, I believe music should be practiced with love, and I emphasize healthy and compassionate playing always. Otherwise, if music making no longer makes you happy, what’s the point?

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What do you do during the first lesson?

During the first lesson, what you can expect depends to a certain extent on your previous experience. I do try to get you playing right away, but this first lesson is when I need to get a sense of how you play and where to take you next. We will usually start off with some kind of warm up, possibly playing something like scales or long tones together, then I may have you do some simple sight-reading to assess the level of music you’re comfortable reading. I like to hear you play something of your own choice if possible, otherwise we’ll keep looking at various examples I have. Generally, my instruction starts right away as I get a feel for your sound and how I can help you sound even better!

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Education

Master of Arts in Music

Aug 2014 - May 2016University of Central Florida

Master of Music in Music Theory

Aug 2012 - May 2014University of Colorado at Boulder

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Aug 2008 - May 2012Rollins College

Awards

First Prize

February 2010Sigma Alpha Iota Orlando Alumnae Scholarship Competition

Each year, the Orlando Alumnae chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, holds a Scholarship contest for collegiate members in Central Florida. Participants perform in front of a panel of judges and winners are selected to receive a scholarship for the upcoming year.

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency
  • GermanLimited Proficiency

Reviews

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Jun 20, 2016
Flute Lessons

Katie is an awesome flute teacher! I've taken many years of flute lessons from countless different instructors and Katie was one of the best. She's very relatable and always makes lessons a fun time (which is super important to me). She has extensive knowledge on classical music, training and techniques but was also willing to branch out with me into other genres of music. I learned a lot while taking lessons with her in college. She always delivers! I highly recommend her if you're looking for a new teacher or just to pick up some lessons every now and then!

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Jun 16, 2016
Ear training Lessons

Katie is far and away the best aural skills teacher I've had. She's immensely supportive and empathetic, and flexible enough to work with people of any skill-level.

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Jun 16, 2016
Flute Lessons

Katie is a fantastic flute teacher. I learned a ton from taking lessons from her. I very highly recommend her. She is really good at catering lessons to the needs and aspirations of her students. I took about 12-16 lessons and every one of them was an enjoyable experience.

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