I have had the privilege of studying with awe inspiring teachers in my life. What I have learned from 18 years of private lessons is that teaching and learning is about communication and sharing information. Teaching for me is a way to share my knowledge with a student, and give them the tools to bring their vision to life. In order to do this effectively there must be communication, curiosity, and a healthy mentorship between teacher and student.
To teach music is not only to pass down ideas of finger technique and tone production, though those are important; to teach music is to pass down philosophies and ideas on how to communicate things that are incommunicable outside of the arts. We are artists trying to fill the world with new ideas and beauty, to do that we must be master communicators.
As a teacher I ask a lot of questions, and I allow my students to ask every question that enters their minds. I strongly encourage an understanding of the historic and artistic implications to musicality, as well as trial and error when it comes to making musical decisions. Curiosity leads to understanding, and with more understanding comes greater insight and a willingness to create.
I am also a firm believer that learning does not only happen in the classroom or during a lesson. Teaching comes with a commitment to be present for mentorship, encouragement, and instruction as a three pronged approach to help develop a habit of curiosity and artistry.
A fresh face on the Boston music scene, Anna is dedicated to bringing music to life throughout New England. With her Midwestern values and her North Eastern spirit, Anna is sure to captivate audiences and enrich students in her newly adopted city.
Anna has been teaching since 2008. Over the past 12 years, she has taught music lessons to students from the age of 4 to 40. She has taught both privately and in public settings, from elementary schools to college studios. Anna has worked with beginning pianists, and flute students of all levels. In the year of 2016-2017 she taught at the White Lake Community Education center in Whitehall, Michigan teaching music classes that included chorus, chamber music, beginning orchestra, and recorder. She is currently working as a woodwind specialist with schools in the greater Boston area. Anna sees the importance for every musician to have a solid foundation of piano technique and an understanding of music theory.
As a chamber musician and soloist, Anna has traveled to many places in Europe including France where she studied and performed chamber music in the French Alps at the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival, Italy where she attended Flauti Al Castello, a flute intensive in Tuscany, and Spain where she performed open air concerts for the underprivileged.
Anna is especially intrigued by the concept of performer-audience communication. She is currently involved with research into the flute music of South America, and classical music written by South American composers. She will be presenting her research, along with a recital, as her final project at Rutgers in the school year of2020-2021.
A doctoral candidate studying flute performance, Anna is the student of professor Bart Feller at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her Masters of Music from Wichita State University as a student of Dr. France Shelly. A native of Michigan, Anna received her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Grand Valley State University where she studied with Professor Christopher Kantner.
Anna comes from a family of musicians, and officially began piano and violin lessons at the age of five years old. She changed focus from strings to flute when she was nine. However, her musical education began by attending rehearsals, performances, and practice sessions with her family members long before she could hold an instrument. She now takes great joy in sharing her art with her 16 nieces and nephews and performing with her siblings as much as possible. She has been teaching for Note-worthy Experiences since October 2020.