Hi, I'm Rachel.
I believe in teaching music so my students can better fulfill their potential through consistent training and improvement. I believe learning the flute can develop confidence and creativity and I'm passionate about helping you cultivate a talent that will last throughout your life.
I believe music can not only give you an identity, but it can teach you how to set goals, build confidence and connect with similar personalities.
My Education & Experience
Bachelor of Music Degree, Flute Performance emphasis, Brigham Young University, April 2016
Master of Music Degree, Flute Performance emphasis, Brigham Young University, April 2018
In the course of my performance degrees from BYU, I was involved in and won several local, national, and international competitions. Some of these included the Utah Flute Association competition, Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) Competition, and the Da Capo Paris Flute Class Competition. In these I gained valuable insight on where I stood as a player, what I could improve on, and got to know other flutists.
Something a formal music education gave me was a better understanding of music theory, music history, ensemble experience, and teaching experience. Over the past 2 years, I've seen more than 50 students that I worked with to really refine my teaching capabilities. I was also able to teach the Flute Choir class at BYU, learning more about repertoire, tuning, and blending. Teaching, just like flute playing, takes practice and gaining that experience at BYU helped me to grow in ways I didn't know I needed to.
With my experience, I hope to give my students a well rounded music education with insights into music theory and history and an option to gain ensemble experience with my flute choir. In this, I hope to see my students gain a sense of ownership in their own music, a way to thrive creatively in their own lives, and an appreciation of music they can spread to those they know.
A basic knowledge of everything on the page. Rhythm, notes, articulation, and dynamics are the essentials in learning a piece of music and will lead to better habits that will allow your creativity to flourish beyond what's written on the page.
So much of music isn't written, and that's what can leave us without creative inspiration. By researching the composer and listening to recordings, we can honor their intentions and take part in the composer's creative process.
If we have the solid foundations of proficiency and style, the student can then express his or her own creativity. We explore expression in music by defining emotions, creating feelings, and connecting with others through performance.