As a flute teacher, it is my goal to teach whole musicianship. This includes mastery of the instrument: thorough sound control, flexibility of technique, and the ability to express an individual, informed interpretation of musical works. I believe in a healthy approach to playing the flute and incorporate that into my teaching. You've heard the mantra, "Attitude is everything?" Not entirely - but it sure helps! Happy, healthy people make happier, healthier flutists and musicians.
Lessons focus on the development of sound control, including proper fundamental posture and breathing. These are necessary in order to have good tone production. Students should also develop sufficient technical skills to express themselves creatively and musically. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills as they relate to the flute and to flute playing through a range of musical eras and genres.
Lastly, students are encouraged to explore what motivates them to be the best musician they can be. We all have a highly individual, deep and complex relationship with music - does your practice mentality help or hinder your development?
Students are expected to practice six days a week in order to progress on their instrument. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a school or community ensemble, as well as Dr. Robinson's flute ensemble at Missouri Southern State University.
It is the responsibility of the student (and the parent!) to establish a focused, daily practice routine. This can include singing, dancing, clapping, counting rhythms, practicing instrument fingerings, and slow, methodical practice of the assigned material.
Students and/or parents who consistently fail to demonstrate adequate practice habits may be asked to discontinue lessons, or may be referred to another flute teacher.
Dr. Robinson currently teaches at the Missouri Southern State University campus in Joplin, Missouri. All lessons will occur in her office at the Fine Arts Complex.
For group classes, sectionals, and ensemble coachings, please contact Dr. Robinson to schedule a visit to your rehearsal location!
Lesson Fees and Rates
Lesson length depends on the level of skill and maturity of the student. Lessons can be scheduled in increments of 30, 45, or 60 minutes, at rates which vary depending upon length.
Discounts are available for students who schedule lessons by the fiscal quarter, or for families that choose to schedule in groups.
Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Make-up lessons are not always available, so please plan ahead!
As with a new job, not every teacher is the right fit for the student. Please contact me about a no cost trial lesson!
This gives us the opportunity meet, and for you to ask any questions you may have. Everyone learns - and teaches! - differently, so it will help us to decide if we're a good fit.
As an added bonus, if you do decide to audition for the studio, we'll have a better baseline for your first official lesson.