What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first thing I do with new flute students is assess their level of playing proficiency. Depending on the level, I will spend time to review the foundations of playing the flute, if needed. I determine what goals the student has and what they want to accomplish through taking lessons. Then I either recommend material for us to work on together or we commence with material that the student is preparing for an audition or contest.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
DMA - Doctor of Musical Arts and MM - Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, BM - Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now the University of the Arts). Studied with Samuel Baron, Harold Bennett, Raphael Dannatt, Thomas Nyfenger, Judith Mendenhall, Linda Chesis and Ransom Wilson. Attendance at masterclasses and summer music classes with Trevor Wye, William Bennett, Samuel Baron, Paula Robison, Murray Panitz. A total of over 20 years of study
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Rate is $70 per hour, pro-rated according to the length of lesson, i.e. half hour - $35, 45 minutes - $52.50 for students up through grade 12 and adult amateurs
$85 per hour for college, pre-professional and professional lessons/coaching
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have wanted to be a flutist from the time I was four years old. I never seriously considered anything else, though I had many odd jobs to support my "habit" when I was younger.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with kids as young as six up through adults (both flute professionals and adult amateurs)
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a teacher who can inspire your child and help them get more excited about playing the flute. Look for someone who can solve problems, set an example and knows how to have fun doing it. Look for a teacher who is positive, encouraging and expects a lot rather than someone to just pats your kid on the head and says, "Good job!"
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What do you want for your child, someone who will teach your child to love excellence or someone who will take your money, pat the kid on the head and not expect much?