Teaching

I currently teach the flute students at the School of Music, University of Auckland.

I have had the good fortune to study with some wonderful teachers over the years and this motivates me to pass on as much as I can to other flautists. I have enjoyed teaching for the past 25 years, including primary school, high school, university and adult flautists. No matter what level or musical interest a student has, I encourage them to develop their own musical philosophy that reflects the personality.  Music has the capacity to challenge us, to help us see the world from different perspectives and to connect us with others and our collective past. I believe that making music matters because it gets to the essence of who we are and how we express ourselves as people.

If I had to put my teaching in a nutshell, I would say I love breaking down difficult technical problems for students, so they can ultimately express themselves with more musical freedom on the flute. As an orchestral musician, I am always seeking the balance of great technique and convincing musicality. I also believe it is vital to look at ones playing in a holistic manner, incorporating mental preparation and looking after our bodies during music making.

If you would like to study with me at the University of Auckland please visit: www.auckland.ac.nz