I teach flute and recorder students starting as young as 3 years old*, and I can take them as far as university level study and training to become teachers themselves.
Most of my students register for lessons with me through the Edmonton Suzuki Flute & Recorder Society. This is an excellent program which includes BOTH individual AND group lessons. I find that Suzuki method teaching provides an excellent combination of individualized instruction and ensemble work from the very beginning. I will sometimes take a student outside of that program in exceptional circumstances, but I prefer it if they enter the ESFRS program so that they can benefit from the ensemble program and performance opportunities.
If you are interested in lessons, I invite you to come visit my studio and watch me, my students, and their parents in action. Observe both flute and recorder lessons, and then we will meet to discuss which instrument is the best choice for your child.
Students wanting to take lessons for University credit may do so through the Augustana campus of University of Alberta, which is located in Camrose, Alberta. When time and space permit, I may take a few school age private students through the Augustana Conservatory, a community music school affiliated with the University. I expect students who enrol through the Augustana Conservatory to meet the same expectations as students enrolled through the Edmonton Suzuki Flute & Recorder program in Edmonton.
Check my teaching schedule to see when and where I am teaching flute or recorder, and then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to observe a lesson at a time that works for you. Observation appointments are required, as lessons are sometimes rescheduled on short notice. Address and directions to lesson locations will be provided when you inquire about observing.
*Families with students aged 0-3 can work with me through the Suzuki Early Childhood Education program before they chose to play an instrument.
Here is a sample of what a Suzuki Recorder lesson may look like with a six year old student. Notice the attention to detail and the breakdown of tasks into small steps .
This kind of lesson experience can lead to the performance ability demonstrated here by a 15 year old student who started lessons at three years of age: