My goal for lessons is to create a positive learning environment where progress is the focus. Students feel free to make mistakes and diagnose the problem to come to a solution together. I expect students to practice daily and to utilize their lesson notebook during each practice session. Students who follow a routine practice schedule progress quickly and flute lessons become much more rewarding. We often have fun making use of alpha-gems and a fishing pole.
Students in my studio receive Superiors at district and state solo festivals and win auditions for honor groups regularly such as All-State Band, Orchestra, and Flute Choirs. My students leave the studio with fundamental skills and are able to apply those skills towards all music that they pursue. Many of my student alumni have gone on to music in college. I also strive to cultivate relationships and serve as a mentor to my students. Music lessons provide an entryway to personal and character development by having someone who holds you accountable for not only your lesson material, but also for school work and social obligations each week. I talk with students about their lives at school, home, and their future endeavors and provide them with an open and non-judgmental ear when needed.
Students studying with me receive individualized instruction tailored to their needs to excel as a flutist. I am not only a professional flutist, but also a professional music teacher. I regularly observe master teachers and communicate with others about teaching and learning. I am a life-long learner and consistently seek out new ideas and tools to help me become the best flute instructor I can be for my students.
As a former public-school band director, I understand what it takes to excel in Florida Bandmasters Association sponsored auditions and assist my students in planning, practicing, and ultimately succeeding in events such as: All-District Honor Band, All-State Band/Orchestra, Solo & Ensemble.
During each lesson, we start with written theory. Students have an assignment each week and while checking the previous week’s assignment, we do corrections together to deepen the understanding of each lesson. After that is complete, we work on fundamentals/scales, method books/etudes, and repertoire. If time permits, we will play a FUN game where we often incorporate a fly swatter!
As an active member of the Florida Flute Association, I strive for my students to have successful auditions resulting in enriching experiences such as Junior and Senior Honors Flute Choir, Concerto Competitions, and Masterclasses.
I hold two degrees in music and work actively with students both in my studio and at several area schools when called upon. The Muller Flute Studio is located in Bartram Park Preserve and is proximal to St. Johns, St. Augustine, Julington Creek, Fruit Cove, Southside, and the Mandarin areas.
The benefits of taking music lessons are endless, and create life-long habits to ensure success in all areas of students’ lives. Some of these benefits include self-confidence, self-control, time management, public speaking, charisma, creativity, self-motivation and determination. Learning an instrument also improves learning habits,
abilities, and exposes students to history and culture. Private lessons are for anyone, not just music-career bound musicians. A private instructor can maximize a musician’s opportunity for musical success and fun. I look forward to working with you or your young musician!
Why should my child take private music lessons?
From the article by Amanda Proctor http://williamsburgmomsbusinesses.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-should-my-child-take-private-music.html
Whether your child is learning a musical instrument to pursue it as a career or for personal fulfillment and recreation, private lessons greatly benefit the new music student.
1. Working with a private teacher can help a student keep up with peers in the group setting.
2. Private lessons help to minimize frustration.
3. Private lessons set up the child for success.
4. The child learns how to practice.
5. It is easier to stay motivated with the help of a private instructor.
Solo & Ensemble 2018-2019:
Elissa Bishop (Grade 3)
Elissa Bishop (Chamber Quartet)
Cody Bush (Grade 4 piccolo)
Abby Cook (Grade 3)
Mandy Eastwood (Grade 6)
Mihir Kumar (Grade 4)
Alice Prytkova (Grade 2)
Sofia Rodriguez (Grade 2)
Emily Shende (Grade 2)
Rebecca Stephenson (Grade 5)
Emily Thorsen (Grade 3)
Grace Cornell (Grade 5)
Gwendolyn Gonzalez (Grade 6)
Congratulations to all who auditioned for district honor band and a round of applause to the following students for making the 7-8 band!
KATELYN PODKULSKY participated in Tri-State & made the nomination district honor band grades 9-12!