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About the studio:
Brandon is Applied Instructor of Flute at Oakland University, a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and also holds a private studio out of his home in Ypsilanti, MI. Formerly he was also Instructor of Flute at the Flint School of Performing Arts. Brandon's teaching style combines all aspects of musical learning from theory and history to instrument specific techniques. His goal with each student is to make sure that they have a well rounded musical education that will allow them to move forward into any musical field they wish to conquer while also instilling life skills that can be used beyond music in the student's everyday life.
Elementary/Middle School Students - Teaching this age group includes modeling good practice habits and demonstrating proper instrumental technique including memorized scales and learning about the "tools of the trade" such as metronomes and etudes. The curriculum includes basic instrumental performance skills, solfege (interval training and singing), music theory, and music history. (Suggested lesson length - 30-45 min)
High School Students - Teen students begin to set long term educational goals. While some choose to study music as a career, others will view music as an enjoyable supplement to their academic pursuits. Instruction with this age group is interactive, allowing students to direct some lesson content while maintaining achievable expectations. Advanced technique, music interpretation, and musical analysis are added to lesson content.
(Suggested lesson length - 45-60 min)
**Adult Students also accepted and follow the guidelines for High School students with more flexibility and self-guided lessons/goals.
Performances: All students participate in studio recitals (of which there are typically two a year). Flute students of The Studio also participate in a "flute ensemble" put together just for studio recitals. Students are also expected to be involved in school ensembles, MSBOA solo and ensemble festival, youth orchestras and bands, and flute students are expected to join and participate in the Southeast Michigan Flute Association and their events.
All Students Metronome /Tuner (smart phone version fine), Notebook, Blank Staff Paper.
Elementary/Middle School - "Flute 101" series by Patricia George, Louis Moyse's "Forty Little Pieces in Progressive Order for Beginner Flutists", "30 Easy and Progressive Studies" volume 1 by Giuseppe Gariboldi.
High School Students - "Flute 102/103" and other books in the series by Patricia George, Trevor Wye "Omnibus Edition", Marcel Moyse "De La Sonorite", Andre Maquarre "Daily Excercises for the Flute", M.A. Reichert "7 Daily Exercises for the Flute", Robert Cavally "Melodious and Progressive Etudes" (Books 1, 2, and 3), Etude Books by Joachim Andersen (Op. 18, 26, and 30), other books as needed.
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