Flute, Piccolo, and Baroque Flute Lessons
About Private Lessons
Bethany maintains an active flute teaching studio along with her performance work and enjoys working with students of all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced players and from 4-year olds onwards (including adults). Her approach addresses all facets of flute performance, including sight-reading, rhythmic reading, effective use of vibrato, technical proficiency, musicality and exposure to the flute repertoire in a positive, encouraging atmosphere.
Bethany has completed Suzuki Flute teacher training in Books 1-10 and Practicum, and she has pursued other pedagogy training to build a broad repertoire of teaching techniques. Her teaching style is strongly influenced by the Suzuki philosophy idea that, given the right nurturing support and thoughtful, hard work, any student can grow wonderfully as a musician and as an accomplished learner. She helps students to develop not only skills of musical mastery, but also a positive "growth" mindset that emphasizes creative problem solving, strategic thinking, persistence, and attention to detail during the learning process. Students develop both ear-training skills (learning music by ear) and music reading/rhythm skills using separate sets of repertoire and technical exercises. She has experience working with students who have a variety of special needs (e.g. autism, selective mutism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.).
In addition to their individual lessons, students can participate in occasional chamber music opportunities (small ensemble playing). This experience helps students to develop ensemble skills such as tuning, blending, and musical awareness. It also helps them build teamwork and social skills. Involvement in a community of musician peers provides wonderful opportunities for growth and enrichment.
Clinics / Sectionals / Master Classes
Bethany is available to teach flute sectionals in public and private schools in the Twin Cities area.
If you are interested in scheduling a "getting to know you" trial lesson, or if you are a band director or music teacher interested in flute sectionals/clinics/master classes, please fill out the form on the Contact page.
COVID Policy Note: Bethany is currently offering in-person lessons for fully vaccinated students who agree to her COVID/other illness policy. Online lessons are offered as an occasional alternative when students are sick or have transportation issues, but in-person lessons are highly preferred as the regular format. For especially dedicated and focused students who have transportation issues or other compelling reasons that make in-person lessons impossible, exceptions may be made for having regular online lessons, but this is highly discouraged if the student can make it to in-person lessons.
Student Performances and Events
Bethany regularly organizes performances and events for her private students to provide them with opportunities to grow and enjoy playing their instruments for others. Her students often play at studio recitals, flute ensemble concerts, competitions, and UMFA (Upper Midwest Flute Association) events such as its Marathon Flute Concert (an annual fundraiser for UMFA's scholarship fund) and its Rising Stars Festival (a non-competitive solo & ensemble event at Flute Fest).
Many of Bethany's students play in local youth orchestras MYS and GTCYS, organizations with multiple levels of orchestras that provide opportunities for students at different levels of skill development. Many of them have also auditioned for and played in the MMEA All-State Bands/Orchestras and/or honor band festivals hosted by colleges and universities in the region, performed with the Minnesota Sinfonia on their Youth Outreach Concerts, or even pursued music majors in college after graduating from high school. Several of Bethany's adult students have greatly enjoyed playing in local flute choirs such as Flute Cocktail and/or in community bands and orchestras.
In addition to teaching privately in the Twin Cities, Bethany teaches as adjunct flute professor at the University of St. Thomas. She previously taught for five years at Winona State University.
Bethany strongly encourages her students to pursue opportunities to expand their musical growth during the summer. Scholarship funding is available from several sources to help students access these wonderful growing experiences.
For current students: schedule, lesson conflict form