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Hey, flute students and parents!

  • Are you ready to take your playing to a new level?

  • Are you tired of things not sounding right and not knowing how to fix it?

  • Are you ready to discover a whole new musical culture, not just flute?

  • Want to make some excellent new friends in the area with the same passion for music as you?

  • How about just wanting to have more fun when you play instead of it seeming like so much work?

If you answered YES to any of these, you are in the right place, friend!

Whether your goal is to...

  • Begin learning how to play flute

  • Get into a college music program

  • get into All-State, youth orchestra, and other music festivals

  • Just get better at flute!

I can help you with that!

I have taught numerous students over the years, from kindergarteners to senior citizens.

Each student is different, and I tailor my instruction to best fit each student's learning style.

Plus we have a lot of fun!!

Flute

By taking lessons, you will:

Learn proper tone production, fingering, and breath control on flute. 

Learning the basics in band is great, but having your own private coach is even better!

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Learn new ways of playing the flute, not just the "regular" way. 

Wait, what, you can beatbox on the flute?? We work primarily on playing the traditional way, but we also work on newer techniques like beatboxing and other avant garde techniques (such as slapping the keys for a percussive effect).

(This photo used with permission

from ADJ•ective New Music. 

Photo by Mark Jacobson.)

Learn discipline, intrinsic motivation, and increase your self-esteem (and have fun while doing it!).

There's nothing quite like the feeling of doing something you couldn't do before.

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Develop your performance skills through mock auditions and recital performance.

What fun is playing if you can't share your music with others? We have three recitals per year, which feature solo and ensemble performances.

Why Study with Amy?

Students:

As soon as you walk into my studio (or you see my smiling face on Zoom, whatever the case may be!), you are a part of my extended family! I love my students as if they were my own children and relatives.

I develop the whole musician. In each lesson, you learn to play the flute, but you are also getting training in:

  • music theory

  • music history

  • music literature study

  • ear training

  • improvisation skills

  • composition

You also get

  • opportunities for performance outside the studio, such as recitals and auditions

  • enrichment activities, including master classes with other flutist and leading performers.

I also develop the whole person. I work actively to develop a sense of accomplishment, pride, and self-worth through/by:

  • goal-setting and self-discipline to meet those goals

  • friendship and positive social interaction through studio activities, including parties (!) in addition to the performance aspects.

  • time management - how can we find time to practice in the midst of school, homework, and other activities?

Parents:

Along with watching your child grow in their musical development, you get to learn a lot, too!

  • You will receive regular updates on your child's progress, including the ways they are excelling in addition to places where they may need to work.

  • You will receive lots of supplementary reading material explaining how to help your child succeed in their musical studies, and what the most current research is on the benefits of musical education. (Did you know that students who have music performance or appreciation experience can score almost 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math portions of the SAT? [Information provided by NAfME, the National Association for Music Education.])

 

Students and Parents:

I have been fortunate to see the musical world from many perspectives, both as a teacher and as a performer, but through all of it, I strive to be the very best teacher I can be! During my music theory professor days, the articles I had published had mostly to do with how to teach, and I am constantly reading and practicing to improve my skills. While everything my flute teacher taught me in high school was incredibly important, I will not teach it to you the way I was taught it, unless there's a good reason for doing it that way, of course!

Amy's Teaching Philosophy

I believe that people can achieve great things if they have three components:

  1. opportunities to experience greatness through stimulating challenges 

  2. a good mental “tool box” for job, knowing how to fix problem and to work more efficiently

  3. a willingness to experience vulnerability and learn from failures as well as success. I also believe that being well-rounded musicians allows us to become more well-rounded people.

 

I had experienced group success as part of my high school band. I was a very “ok” individual player – until I started studying with my first private teacher. As my playing improved, I experienced a feeling of pride and improved self-confidence as I brought home “superior” ratings from Solo and Ensemble contest, not to mention just a sense of joy as playing flute just became more fun! I also got to meet and make music with new friends as part of the Kentucky All-State Band and Northern Kentucky Select Band, and participate in music camps and clinics, like Morehead State University’s Band Clinic. Some of my very best friends even now are the friends I made at All-State. I want my students to experience this sense of excitement that comes from private study, so I teach with those ideals in mind.

 

Having taught music at every level from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as college music majors, I understand the importance of comprehensive musicianship. I incorporate all aspects of musicianship in each lesson, such as music history, music theory, performance, ear training, and improvisation, whether the student is hoping to become a professional musician or just wants to learn for fun! I do this in an environment that is exacting and challenging, but not judgmental. I work with each student to identify their own personal goals, and together we construct a plan to reach them. Students experience joy in making music with others through regularly-occurring studio events, such as master classes with guest artists, mock auditions, recitals, and other performance opportunities.

 

Students in my studio experience community in numerous ways.

  • We have three studio recitals per year (one in early November, one at the end of February, and one in May).

  • Students not only present solo material then but also play in various small groups, both as a way of learning to play together as well as getting to know each other better!

  • We also go Christmas flute caroling at several senior-living centers in early December, as well as presenting recital selections for seniors in the spring.

 

By taking lessons, not only will you improve your flute playing, but you will:

  • Get a better understanding of not only your own strengths and weaknesses, but a good idea of why and how to correct the weaknesses.

  • Gain confidence and self-esteem through improved playing skills

  • Make new friends through studio activities

  • Learn how you yourself are part of a long and beautiful tradition of music making.

 

I expect students to come to lessons prepared, on time, and ready to listen and work. In return, you can expect me to work outside of our lesson time to plan and find materials that will ensure your success. I encourage parents to stay and listen to their child’s lessons, and serve as a source of encouragement as we take this musical journey together!

Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano, III: Presto GiocosoAmy Kennedy, flute; Du Huang, piano
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