Elementary to Intermediate Classical Flute Online Lessons

First Name
Angela
Last Name
Blueskies
Course Summary

This course is designed for students ages 9 to adult, providing instruction in the basics of learning to play the classical flute.  Lessons will include technical basics, including posture, breath control, hand position, and technique.  Every lesson is designed to meet the needs of the individual student in the elementary to intermediate range of experience. 

Lives In

Harpers Ferry, WV
United States

Course Duration
12 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Intermediate
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$72.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
45
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Angela
Last Name
Blueskies
Number of years of relevant experience
30 Years Experience
From: United States
Study Details
Bachelor of Music
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Interdisiplinary Master of Arts
Goddard College
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Angela Blueskies music
Organization / Institute Name
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Organization / Institute Name
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Organization / Institute Name
Oella Flute Studio
Organization / Institute Name
Angela Blueskies Music Studio

Course Details

While learning the flute ~ or any instrument ~ is a lifelong adventure, this course is designed to guide students through learning the basics of playing the classical flute.  Each 45-minute lesson is designed to guide students, along with the personal practice, in learning the following:

  1. Technique ~ including appropriate hand position, fingering of basic mid-range notes, alignment and posture, and embochure (mouth position)
  2. Air/breath control ~ including breathing techniques, good posture, and tone/sound production
  3. Creativity ~ we will learn simple melodies, scales, and exercises that guide students in a way that is fun and age-appropriate
  4. Music reading ~ for students who have not yet learned to read music notation, we will include this instruction in each weekly lesson

Lessons are meant to be fun and engaging, while also guiding students in a disciplined and solid approach to learning.

About Angela Blueskies: Angela Blueskies, a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, has been teaching and performing for over thirty years, and is a creative and passionate educator. Her multi-genre career has found her in a variety of performance settings, from symphony orchestras and chamber music to off-Broadway productions, to world music and improvisation, to touring healing arts centers across North and South America offering music and sound meditation events and workshops. For many years, Angela was an artist-in-residence for both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Choral Arts Society of Washington, bringing music integrated programs into K – 12 classrooms. She has just released her third album, Ayni, a collection of original songs inspired by her path of music and meditation. Angela lives in the greater Washington DC area, and now teaches flute, Native American flute, and voice exclusively online.

Angela Blueskies is also seen as a medicine woman, facilitator and visionary musician who has a deepened understanding of the healing power of both music and the Earth. Angela has been playing the flute since the age of nine and was mostly self-taught until she attended high school. Angela has immersed herself in global music styles, such as African trance drumming, the music of the Himalayas, Native American flute music, traditional Celtic folk music, and ceremonial songs. Angela has performed in churches, concert halls, yoga studios, schools, temples, and in sacred ceremonies across the world. She has also released two albums: Songs of Spirit and Sound Medicine Meditations.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits
  1. Gain mastery in learning to play the classical flute
  2. Build confidence as they learn to play music on their own
  3. Learn and solidify music reading skills
  4. Enjoy learning music in a way that is experiential and fun
Prerequites
  1. Students must have a silver flute with no mechanical issues.  It is possible to rent and/or purchase a basic student flute from many retailers.  To rent a flute, please explore local music stores in your area.  To purchase a flute, there are many online resources.  Excellent student flutes are available through instrument makers such as Yamaha, Armstrong, and Gemeinhardt.
  2. This course is designed for students who have already learned the essential basics of posture, hand position, sound production, and breath control with a face-to-face teacher, as the first steps are best done in a hands-on approach.  While not designed for brand-new beginners, many students who have already learned basics in a school or community class are welcome to sign up for this course.  Adult beginners will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  
  3. For the course, students must be in a private space where they can close the door to outside distractions.  Young students are welcome to have a parent sit in for the first lesson.  Students are welcome to use a computer, tablet, or phone to join online lessons, and all other applications must be silenced during the lesson. 
  4. At the beginning of enrollment, students will be asked to purchase appropriate books and learning materials.  Students are asked to have a music stand and pencil in every lesson.  As students continue over time, it may be necessary to purchase additional materials.  Many resources of this kind can easily be purchased online, and some books are available in digital format, while others are not.  Students are expected to print any digital resources so that notations may be made.  While on occasion, it may be possible to share resources by email, students are expected to have original copies of all books and music for lessons.  If concerns or issues arise, please notify Angela right away by email so that a solution can be found.

Weekly Schedule

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SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Elementary to Intermediate Classical Flute
Mon 11:00am - 1:00pm America/New_York
Tue 11:00am - 1:00pm America/New_York
Fri 11:00am - 1:00pm America/New_York
Wed 11:00am - 1:00pm America/New_York
Thu 11:00am - 1:00pm America/New_York
2 Seats
+91-97400-50326 for any questions.

FAQs

Question
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. Detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or traveling.

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