In my studio, I demand the highest level of excellence each individual student can achieve while also allowing them to grow into well rounded musicians rather than simply "playing the instrument". Given the current musical climate I believe we are more than performers but also must learn to wear the hats of preservers, creators, and innovators.
- Brandon LePage
- Brandon LePage
Winter/Spring Semester in session! January 20th - June 1st
Email firstname.lastname@example.org now to reserve a spot or to inquire about rates.
About the studio:
Brandon teaches both flute and piano weekly from his home in Ann Arbor, and also once a week on Sunday's in Southgate, MI (flute lessons also available via Skype/FaceTime at a discounted rate). 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 lenghth - 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.
It is not too early to start thinking about summer study. Current students who have been directed here should look at the list of recommended programs below as a starting point to find your summer study place:
University of Toledo Flute Camp
*Dates TBA (typically mid-June)
Tuition: $300/week or $65/day
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
*4 Sessions Available
*Scholarships often given
Central Michigan University Summer Music Institute
*June 16 - 21
Tuition: $525 for room and board $345 for commuters
MPulse Summer Flute Institute
*June 30 - July 6
Interlochen High School Flute Institute
*June 15 - 21
University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic
*June 16 - 21
Tuition: $740 (includes room and board)
All Students; Meronome/Tuner (smart phone version fine), Notebook, Blank Staff Paper.
Flute Suggested/Requested Materials:
Elementary/Middle School - Trevor Wye "Beginners Book for Flute" (Parts 1 and 2), Louis Moyse "Forty Little Pieces in Progressive Order for Beginner Flutists".
High School Students - Marcel Moyse "De La Sonorte", 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), Trevor Wye "Omnibus Edition".
Piano Suggested/Requested Materials:
Pianists in The Studio will work mainly from the Bastien books which include weekly lesson books, technique books, theory books and performance books. Students may also look into the school of Faber & Faber.
Little Piper - www.little-piper.com
Flute Specialists - www.flutespecialists.com
Flute Pro Shop - www.fluteproshop.com
Flute World - www.fluteworld.com
A&R Music in Lincoln Park, MI has all books required.
Books may also be purchased at Marshall Music.