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Tyler McKinion
Tyler McKinion

Tyler McKinion

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Offers remote services
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$50/hour
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Introduction: I teach in person lessons only in Iowa City or Sacramento. If you don't live near either Iowa City or Sacramento, then lessons are taught via Google Meets or Zoom. I am vaccinated against COVID-19 (Moderna). LESSONS: I teach in-person flute lessons out of my home studio in Iowa. Online lessons are taught via Google Meets. I believe music education can improve anyone’s quality of life. I have high expectations of my flute students whether they aim to perform professionally, or casually play during spare time. Young or old, beginner or advanced, music education is for everyone. It develops an ability to effectively work in teams, builds drive and discipline, kindles imagination, and connects you to the human spirit. During our flute lessons, we focus on tone, technique, strong practice habits, basic music theory, and musicality. We also talk about personal fitness. Playing flute is an extremely physical activity, and I firmly believe that mind and body are intimately related. I recommend that all my students are members of a gym, part of a sports team, or simply develop and pursue their own personal fitness and health goals. MUSIC THEORY Music theory and aural perception are vital to the success and enjoyment of any musician. Over the course of flute lessons, students work with me not only on learning how to play the flute, but also on how to read and interpret music. Importantly, students are encouraged to listen to, reproduce, and label the different sound qualities, intervals, chords, and scales they hear and play. Many students benefit from additional education in music theory and aural perception beyond what is possible during a flute lesson. These vital skills are required to excel as musicians. With that in mind, I designed a conservatory-style music theory class for the purpose of providing those skills necessary to become competitive musicians. The aim of this course is to help students develop a critical ear and knowledge about melodic parts, harmonic progressions, rhythms, and tonality. The course is offered in nine-week sessions and meets for 75 minutes once a week. This course is intended to examine music with a highly focused lens and should be seen as a supplement to private lessons. It is not limited solely to flute students; learners of any instrument are encouraged to join. Each nine-week session is limited to eight students to ensure each student has the opportunity to engage with the material. ABOUT I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, where I began playing violin at four-years-old. I practiced violin until I started playing flute in fifth grade. I continued playing flute throughout school, and held principal positions in the Arizona Regional and All-State Band and Orchestra, and performed in both the California State University, Sacramento Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.  I've worked extensively in chamber ensembles, performing around the Southwest in recitals, weddings, and parties. Notably, I was featured at events sponsored by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, as well as the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute. In 2018, I performed for the national opening of the Portraits of Courage exhibition. In 2019, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona invited me to perform at its fundraiser gala. I am a frequent performer at events hosted by the Arizona Historical Society. Over the course of my education, I studied with Beth McGraw, former flute player in the Des Moines Symphony, Albuquerque Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Joe Corral, former flute player in the Phoenix Symphony, and acclaimed jazz artist; Laurel Zucker, celebrated flute virtuoso; and Diana Morgan, former piccolo player in the San Diego Symphony. When I am not whiling away the hours in a practice room, I enjoy rock climbing, tasting wine, playing video games (the Elder Scrolls, Minecraft, and Rollercoaster Tycoon), and watching cartoons.
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Current Top Pro

Hired 36 times

Serves Sacramento, CA

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4 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Mariah M.

Flute Lessons

I just picked up the flute mid-life and Tyler has been awesome! So patient, great instructor, and in just a few weeks with my limitations on time to practice, I have still noticed growth. Highly recommended!!
Feb 5, 2021
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Jenna B.

Flute Lessons

Tyler is an incredible teacher and player. I was initially skeptical about the value or effectiveness of online music lessons but Tyler's classes are fun and I feel like my ability to understand/play music as well as my tone improve by heaps and bounds every week.
Oct 8, 2020
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Kenny D.

Flute Lessons

My first few weeks of lessons were great. Schools are all closed, and I'm still making dramatic improvements on my instrument because of online lessons.
Apr 26, 2020
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Ana C.

Flute Lessons

Tyler was the perfect choice Of instructor! He was friendly, professional, and very well schooled in his work. It's been a total pleasure.
Apr 1, 2021
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Ryan R.

Flute Lessons

Tyler is an incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgable, and quirky teacher. Lessons are always extremely productive and entertaining.
Mar 15, 2020
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Many people are having financial difficulties related to the current health crisis. Some people are out of work, or are students with parents who are out of work, and are finding it difficult to pay for basic needs and rent, let alone the luxury of weekly flute lessons. I am offering reduced prices for lessons to anyone who has the drive to learn an instrument, but might not be able to afford it. I still need to have an income, but the last thing I want is for a student to move away from music due to a lack of funding. If it is impossible for you to pay my regular lesson fee during the pandemic, let me know and we can work something out. Payment is required at the beginning of every month (usually one lesson a week). Refunds or credits are issued to any lessons cancelled more than 24 hours prior to a scheduled lesson. I don't charge for the first lesson. During the first lesson, I'll listen to you play and work with you to get a feel for your learning style. It also allows you the opportunity to experience how I teach. We establish goals and get to know each other a little bit.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to talk to new students on the phone, learn a little about their experiences on the flute, what their goals are, and generally get a brief introduction to who they are. I work out of the Rubank Method books. We typically start there and then progress as time goes on. Students are assigned various exercises centered around one scale, a small solo, and a flute duet each week. Depending on the level of the student, we also work perfecting on a larger, major flute work over the course of several lessons. Students must supply their own flute. I will make instrument recommendations if necessary.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Over the course of my education, I studied with Beth McGraw, former flute player in the Des Moines Symphony, Albuquerque Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Joe Corral, former flute player in the Phoenix Symphony, and acclaimed jazz artist; and Laurel Zucker, celebrated flute virtuoso.

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