Teaching Philosophy

I currently teach the flute class at the School of Music, University of Auckland. You can also work with me through my Flute Mentorship Graduate Program and Summer School.

My main goal is to nurture a love of music and high-level thinking in my students, while supporting their growth as contributing members of society. I am a rigorous teacher and focus on guiding students to the root of each musical issue. By breaking down difficult technical problems, students 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. I encourage my students to expand their understanding of musical style through research and the exploration of historical instruments.

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, have taught 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 their 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. I expect my students to be informed, thoughtful, genuine musicians who use the flute to express their artistic vision. 

I believe in maintaining a flute studio that is supportive, inquisitive, and energised. Students can inspire and learn from each other in a way that lifts everyone up and creates lifelong relationships. If you are passionate about flute playing and want to make a positive impact on the world through music please contact the School of Music at the University of Auckland to find out about studying with me.