RAFA Teacher Directory

Erica Alexander

(919) 967-8379 / esalexander1@icloud.com
Website

Location: Open Wings Flute School, Chapel Hill/Durham
Availability: Currently accepting students
Teacher Statement: The mission of the Open Wings Flute School is to help children and adults tap into their infinite brilliance and compassion through music. We learn music in the same effortless and joyful way that young ones learn to speak. Every person can play music beautifully.
Education:
Master of Music Education and All-level Teacher Certification, University of North Texas
BA, Wesleyan University
Background: Suzuki Method, 8 units of teacher training, including study with Toshio Takahashi, longtime student of Marcel Moyse and creator of the Suzuki Flute Method.

Connie Beach

(704) 995-3962 / conniebeach@msn.com
Website

Location: Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Academy of Music in Matthews. I may have slots open at my home studio in the Steele Creek area.
Availability : I teach 6 days a week at the academy – currently accepting new students.
Teacher Statement: I have taught all ages and levels from as young as 5 to post retirement, so lessons are tailored to the individual’s needs and ambitions. All students have frequent informal performance opportunities at the Charlotte Academy of Music recitals, and are also encouraged to participate in many other competitions and events according to their level and desires, which include RAFA Contest and Review, NFMC Festival, All District and youth orchestra auditions, and NFA competitions.
Education:
Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance) University of Memphis
Master of Music (Flute Performance) University of Memphis

Major Teachers: Paul Eaheart, Bruce Erskine. Special flute studies with Murray Panitz, Benoit Fromanger, Kathleen Chastain, Alexa Still, Jan Gippo, Eric Gratton, Becky Arrensen.
Background: Connie Beach has played with the Germantown, Tupelo, and Memphis Symphonies, and the Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Philharmonic, and Union Symphony. She served as associate director of the Charlotte Flute Choir, Junior Flute Choir, and is actively performing in numerous other local free lance organizations, including CPCC Theater and Children’s Theater productions. Before coming to Charlotte in 2001, she was an active performer and teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, having performed live and in the studio with Isaac Hayes, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, and numerous area church, free-lance orchestras, and chamber groups. She was a featured soloist with the Germantown Symphony, performing the Nielsen Concerto and the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with Carrol McLaughlin. In Memphis, she was co-founder and past president of the Memphis Flute Society and past president of the Germantown Collierville Area Piano Teachers Association.

John Billington

(919) 637-2603  |  billington@jtbmusic.com
Website

Location: Home studio off N. Harrison about 1 mile from Cary Academy, Cary
Availability: Currently accepting students approximately age 9 through adult. Majority of students are middle and high school age.
Teacher Statement: I believe in setting musical goals with the student and/or parents and then working with the student to achieve their personal goals. I also believe that music should be fun and I have selected a wide variety of classical and jazz duets that are great fun for students.
Major Teachers: Arthur Kitti, Dr. Robert D. Billington
Background: My teaching ability is demonstrated by the All State, All District and All County success of my students on flute and saxophone. My students have been accepted at the music programs at ECU, UNC Wilmington and Berklee College. I am a member of ASCAP with over 30 original songs and two commercially available CDs produced on home computer. Acceptance and performance at Stephen Preston master classes for Baroque style flute.
Specialties: Baroque/Classical period music on flute. Jazz flute performance. Transitioning classical flute players of all levels into improvisational jazz performers. Transitioning flute players of all levels to saxophone or EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). Placing students in All County, All District and All State competitions.

Sarah Busman

(615) 424-4582 / sarahbusman@gmail.com
Website

Location: Hope Mills / Fayetteville
Availability: Currently accepting students for summer and fall!
Education:
B.M. Middle Tennessee State University
M.M. Peabody Conservatory of Music
Background: Applied Flute Professor, UNC Pembroke ; Principal Flute, Fayetteville Symphony ; Principal Flute, Carolina Philharmonic
Teacher Statement: Most lessons consist of some combination of tone exercises, scales, articulation studies, etudes, solo and ensemble music, and basic music theory training, however each student is treated as an individual. I will work with the student and parents to set out a plan for success!
Specialties: Audition preparation, starting beginners

Margaret Carlson

(757) 253-0850 / mcarlson@widomaker.com
Website

Location: Williamsburg, VA
Availability: Weekdays, occasional weekends by appt.
Teacher Statement: My goal is for your flute to be the tool you use to express your feelings. To achieve this we explore different aspects of tone, technique, and repertoire, and always include some ensemble music. Weekly 45-minute or hour lessons are available for all ages and all levels.
Education:
B.M. Flute Performance, Greensboro College
M.M. Flute Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
Major Teachers: Maurice Sharp, William Hebert, Tom Nyfenger, Julius Baker
Background/Affiliations – Former Flute and Piccolo positions: Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Norfolk Symphony, Virginia Opera, Williamsburg Symphonia; Artistic Director, Flute Frenzy
Specialties: piccolo, baroque flute, ensembles

Alma Coefman

(919) 619-9971 / almacoefman@gmail.com
Website

Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Availability: Currently accepting students
Background: Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alma Coefman has performed in numerous chamber music concerts in Argentina, Japan, Italy, Canada and United States, appearing as soloist or as a member of various contemporary and Argentinean- Latin American music ensembles. Currently Alma performs and teaches flute in the Triangle area of North Carolina.
Specialties: Flute, Piccolo, Alto and Bass Flute, Chamber Music coach

Linda Cykert

Home: (336) 570-1989 / Cell: (336) 675-2798
Elon University: (336) 278-5525 / cykert@elon.edu

Location: Elon University and Greensboro, NC – City Arts
Availability: Currently accepting students, beginner through advanced.
Teacher Statement: In teaching music (flute in particular), I consider each student an individual and base my teaching style on that. I enjoy teaching just as much as I enjoy performing!
Education:
B.M. Performance, UNC-Greensboro
M.M. Performance, UNC-Greensboro
Background:
Instructor: Elon University and Greensboro City Arts
Member: Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Specialties: Flute/piccolo – traditional style. Also certified in the Suzuki Method of Flute Instruction.

Nicolas Duchamp

(917) 214-5803 / duchampus@gmail.com
Websites:
www.durhamflutelessons.weebly.com
www.frenchfluteteacher.com

Location: Triangle area
Availability: 7 days a week – flexible
– Teaching Flute, Piccolo, G and Bass flute
– Skype lessons are available except for beginners
– Languages of teaching: English, French ( fluent), Spanish, German, Italian
– Beginners will start with solid basics (start at 8 years old)
– Intermediate students or amateurs will unlock technical issues to keep going for life
– Advanced students will be well prepared for application to any musical institution
– Adults are welcome !

Education and awards:
Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique Lyon (1991- France)
Ecole Nationale de Musique Evreux (1989- France)
Ecole Nationale Creteil-Paris (1986-France)
Conservatoire National Bordeaux ( 1983- France)
5 first prizes in a National French Music Schools
3 International nomination in flute competitions (France-Germany- Austria)
Silver Medal from The cultural organization for progress (French senate)
Background:
International guest teacher
International soloist career
Former principal flutist at Paris Opera Comique (France)
Former flute assistant teacher at Ecole Normale Superieure de Musique Paris (J.Ferrandis)
Solo recording artist

Julie Frederick

(919) 841-2042 / juliefrederick1@gmail.com

Availability: I currently have a few openings.
Location:
Tues, Wed, Thurs: Cary School of Music, 201 W. Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511
Mon, Fri: Joyful Sounds, 117 Vance Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Education:
B.M. flute performance, Syracuse University
M.A. flute performance, New England Conservatory
Teacher Statement: I teach and coach flute, piccolo, music theory, band, orchestra, and solo and chamber ensemble repertoire. I strive to help students achieve their flute playing goals and preparing for auditions; i.e. Philharmonic Association, All County, Central District, Honors All State, RAFA Review & Contest, RAFA Solo Fest. I offer performance classes, flute ensembles and studio recitals.
Major Teachers & Masterclasses: John Oberbrunner, Lois Schafer, Janet Ferguson, Thomas Nyfenger, Julius Baker, Louis Moyse, Claude Monteux and John Heiss

Amy Holt

(919) 720-0531 / amybholt@gmail.com

Location: Raleigh
Availability: Contact for openings
Education:
B.A. Flute Performance, University of Georgia
Major Teachers:
Angela Jones-Reus
Background: Amy Holt is a flute performer and instructor based in Raleigh, specializing in modern flute techniques. She teaches privately in addition to conducting the Silver Pipes and Silver Fantasy Flute Choirs.

Melissa Jeffreys

(919) 845-6770  |  melissa@themusicianslearningcenter.com
Website

Location: North Raleigh, off Six Forks Road, at The Musicians Learning Center. Private lessons available Monday through Thursday.
Availability: Currently accepting students
Teacher Statement: I structure lessons to fit the student’s individual needs and musical tastes. Lessons are planned to make each student a well-rounded musician by focusing not only on learning songs, but also on learning music theory, history, composition, sightreading, and general musicianship.
Education:
B.M. Flute Performance and Music Composition, Meredith College, 2003
Background: I have been teaching flute and piano for over five years. Member: Sigma Alpha Iota, Raleigh Area Flute Association, National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, and Raleigh Piano Teachers Association.

Lindsay Leach-Sparks

(412) 849-2102 / lalflute.leach@gmail.com
Website

Location: Studios in Chapel Hill (off of New Hope Church Road) and downtown Southern Pines
Availability: Currently accepting students / Flexible Schedule
Teacher Statement: I have maintained private teaching studios since 1999 and specialize in college level flute preparation and study. I have taught all ages as well as modern flute and piccolo and early flutes (Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical).
Education:
DMA from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
Post-graduate Performance Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK)
Diplome from the Académie International d’Eté de Nice, France
MM and BM from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Major Teachers: Brad Garner, Randy Bowman, Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Clare Southworth, Wendy Kumer, Patricia Morris (piccolo), Laurie Sokoloff (piccolo), Lisa Beznosiuk (early flutes), Colin St. Martin (early flutes)
Background: I have performed regularly as Second Flute and Piccolo in the Long Bay Symphony (Myrtle Beach, SC) in 2008, and more recently have performed with the Durham Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Columbus Symphony. I have served on the faculties of Rutgers University, UNC Pembroke, Methodist University (Fayetteville), and the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, OH). In addition, I have performed as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Specialties: Preparation for college auditions, All-County/State/District auditions, Honor band auditions, summer program auditions, competitions, and public performances. Early music study and piccolo. My students generally play in at least 2 recitals per year.

Catherine LeGrand

Home: (919) 403-6152 / Mobile: (919) 656-0383
catherine@catherinelegrand.com
Website  (Catherine LeGrand)
Website  (My Flutorials)

Locations: Private studio convenient to Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, and Raleigh. Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.
Availability: Currently accepting new students of all levels and ages, beginner through professional, at my south Durham studio.
Teacher Statement: I have joyfully maintained a large independent studio for over 30 years and I serve as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Campbell University. My approach is highly individualized, encouraging development of creative thinking and music making in each student, with emphasis on self-exploration and humor.
Education:
M.M. University of Cincinnati College, Conservatory of Music
B.M. University of Cincinnati College, Conservatory of Music
Temple University, additional graduate work
Major Teachers: Keith Underwood, Paige Brook, Kyril Maag, Robert Cavally, Jack Wellbaum, Loren Lind, June Warhoftig.
Background: I served as Principal Flute with Houston Grand Opera’s Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Piccolo with Lexington Philharmonic (KY), and performed frequently with the Houston Symphony. I have also performed with Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, and Houston Ballet Orchestra. Previous teaching contributions include Flute Instructor and Flute Choir Director at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Flute Consultant at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and Instructor of Flute at San Jacinto College. I perform with pianist Kenneth Grigg as Senza Misura, and with guitarist Randy Reed as LeGrand-Reed Duo. My websites and blogs provide resources on breathing, music-making, and creative pedagogy. I enjoy combining my passions for teaching, performing and traveling as a frequent guest artist and clinician. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Area Flute Association as both Member-at-Large and Tune-In newsletter layout editor.
Specialties: I specialize in teaching the efficient use of breath, tongue, and body position, promoting enjoyment, comfort, and musical expression in performance. My teaching combines traditional techniques with an innovative approach and technology. Optional additional music theory/ear training and accelerated online studies are offered to enhance students’ musical development. Select studio members are invited to join a comprehensive Honors Program to help them attain a professional level, whether or not they choose music as a career.

Andrea McKerlie Luke

(919) 492-5489 / andreawriter@gmail.com
Website

Location: Mondays & Tuesdays: Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts in Chapel Hill, NC
Wednesdays & Fridays: Quarter Note Music & Instruction in Apex, NC
Home studio in Pittsboro, NC
Availability: Accepting students beginner (minimum age 8) through undergraduate, including adult amateur.
Teacher Statement: I believe in instilling comfortable hand position, posture, and practice habits, using elements from the Alexander Technique. I have worked with students at a variety of levels and special needs. My lessons are challenging but laid-back, designed “to make the student uncomfortable in a comfortable way!”
Education:
B.M. Meredith College
Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children” training
College Reading & Learning Association tutor certification
Specialties: Flute; marching band students; students with overuse injuries such as tendinitis; incorporating Alexander Technique elements into playing; chamber ensemble playing.

Mary E. Mitchell

(919) 676-1400 | marymitchell7@gmail.com
Website

Location: North Raleigh, near Creedmoor, Ray, and Leesville Roads
Availability: Accepting students Mondays through Saturday mornings
Teacher Statement: I teach all aspects of flute playing including tone, breathing, posture and technique using tone studies, solos and duets. I want the student to be proficient in each of these aspects so they can compete and do well in any competition. I want them to be exposed to a variety of music, and to really enjoy the learning process of playing the flute.
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, University of Arizona
Master’s Degree in Flute Performance, University of Arizona

Major Teachers: Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Phil Swanson, Bernard Goldberg, Michelle Sahm
Background/Affiliations: National Flute Association, RAFA. Played principal flute of The Concord Orchestra for 13 years. Lowell Opera Orchestra, The Tuscon Symphony. Played in the Raleigh Chamber Orchestra for 10 years, and currently principal of the Raleigh Civic Orchestra for the last 25 years.
Specialties: Orff certification for Elementary Music in public schools.

Erin Munnelly

(919) 345-0328 / em.flutist@gmail.com
Website

Location: Raleigh
Availability: Currently accepting students
Education:
B.M. Flute Performance from East Carolina University
M.M. Flute Performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati
Major Teachers: Bradley Garner, Jack Wellbaum, Christine Gustafson, Göran Marcusson, Brooks de Wetter-Smith
Background: Erin Munnelly is an experienced solo, chamber, and orchestral performer. Currently, she is Principal Flute with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Civic Symphony, and has substituted as Principal, Second Flute, and Piccolo with the North Carolina Symphony. During her Master’s degree at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, she studied flute with Dr. Bradley Garner and piccolo with Jack Wellbaum. While at East Carolina University, she was a student of Dr. Christine Gustafson. Master flutists performed for include Emmanuel Pahud, Jill Felber, Randy Bowman, Stephen Preston, Amy Porter, Carol Wincenc, and Göran Marcusson, with whom Erin has studied with over the summers since 2003.
Teacher Statement: I believe in building a strong foundation and structure lessons accordingly. During a lesson, students work on many facets of playing including tone, technique, and musicality. This is done through development exercises, scales, etudes, and solo pieces. I integrate music history and appreciation from the beginning to build a rounded understanding. The strengths of the student are built upon to explore new areas of playing.
Specialties: Piccolo, orchestral & chamber music

Rosene Rohrer

(919) 781-3225 / drohrer123@pobox.com

Location: Home Studio at 4812 Stonehill Drive, Raleigh 27609 (near North Hills)
Availability: Currently accepting students age 10 through adult; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Education:
B.S. Music Education
Additional studies with Julius Baker, William Montgomery, Timothy Day, Rebecca Troxler, Alexa Still, Moshe Epstein
Background/Affiliations: Co-founder and current president of Raleigh Area Flute Association (RAFA). Music/worship director at Raleigh Mennonite Church. Perform with Raleigh Flute Choir, North Carolina Theatre Orchestra, and Rohrer Duo (flute/guitar with husband David). Independent Studio Instructor since 1972.
Teacher Statement: I enjoy working with students of all ages and levels, focusing on the basics of flute playing through the use of a variety of teaching methods and repertoire that incorporates classical, religious, folk, & jazz music. Students also have the opportunity to play in small ensembles.

Kelly Nivison Roudabush

919-740-5505 / kelly.roudabush@gmail.com
Website

Location:
– Village Music School, Cary – Mondays & Wednesdays – (919) 461-7125
– Ravenscroft School, North Raleigh Tuesdays & Thursday mornings
– Community Music School, downtown Raleigh Thursday afternoon – (919) 832-0900
– Home studio, North Raleigh – Monday and Wednesday mornings; Friday afternoons
Availability: Currently accepting students. Home school students are welcome at Village Music School and at my home studio location. Please contact me first about open slots before calling the schools.
Teacher Statement: My mission is to fuse historically backed artistry and innovative teaching to help students find the self-teaching musician that is inside all of us. I believe building trust is of utmost importance, and not only provide excellent music education, but also give my students the support and encouragement they need to be confident musicians.
Education:
D.M. (ABD) Historical Flute Performance, Indiana University
M.M. Flute Performance, Florida State University
B.M. Flute Performance, Appalachian State University
B.M. K-12 Instrumental Music Education, Appalachian State University
Major Teachers: Kathryn Lukas, Barbara Kallaur, Eva Amsler, and Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham.
Background/Affiliations: Kelly Nivison Roudabush is a versatile flutist with expertise in both modern and historical flute performance. She currently performs with the Durham Symphony as 3rd flute and piccolo and with the Raleigh Camerata, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and Catawba River Baroque on baroque flute. Kelly is the artistic director for the Raleigh Camerata and a founding member of both the Camerata and Catawba River Baroque. She frequently performs with the Fayetteville Symphony and Carolina Philharmonic in addition to other local ensembles. Kelly has won second place in the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra’s Concerto Competition (2014), has been a semifinalist in the National Flute Association’s Baroque Flute Artist competition three times (2007, 2009, 2012), and has won the National Flute Association’s Baroque Masterclass Performers competition (2011).
Specialties: piccolo, baroque flute, historical performance

Helen Spielman

Performance Anxiety Coach
919-929-4520 / Helen@PerformConfidently.com
Website

Location: Chapel Hill
Availability: Teens, College Students, Adult Amateurs, and Professionals all welcome.
Education:
Masters Degree (Special Education)
National Certification (Counseling)
Private Flute Study (22 years)

Teacher Statement: I teach research-based skills of performance confidence so musicians can perform at potential with joy, freedom, and consistency even under pressure. I see clients in my Chapel Hill office or via phone or Skype anywhere in the world. Working with me consists of having a confidential, safe, friendly conversation.
Background/Affiliations: 24 years private flute instructor, solo flute performer and orchestra player, member National Flute Association, previous Board Member RAFA. International workshop presenter and published writer on performance anxiety. Author, A Flute in My Refrigerator: Celebrating a Life in Music.
Specialties: Positive Self-Talk for Performance, Perfectionism, Mental Visualization, Self-Compassion, Fear of Judgement, and Concentration.

Kate Steinbeck

(828) 254-7123 / kate@pan-harmonia.org
Personal Website / Pan Harmonia Website

Location: Asheville – home studio, flute instructor at UNC-Asheville, occasional visits to the Triangle
Availability: Flexible
Education:
M.M. San Francisco Conservatory, performance studies with Tim Day
B.M. Baldwin-Wallace College, performance studies with William Hebert
Fulbright Scholar in Chamber Music to Belgium
Background: Over 30 years of experience teaching all ages, middle school through university. Flutist & Artistic Director of Pan Harmonia; recording artist. Kate enjoys teaching all levels and ages to discover the joy of music and new levels of accomplishment and self-awareness. She has presented masterclasses at the Spanish Flute Convention, in Belgium; New England Flute Fair, Durham Arts Center, Duke University and the Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC.

Amanda Taylor

(910) 742-1574 / amanda@amandataylor.me
Website

Location: Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, NC area
Availability: Accepting students of all levels. Scholarships available, please contact for more details.
Teacher Statement: I believe the flute is an extension of one’s own voice. I focus on nurturing each of my student’s unique capabilities by creating individualized teaching strategies. My ultimate goal to create life-long musicians. In general, my students learn the best practices for sound production (tone), kinesthetic awareness (posture), and how to speak their musical ideas with confidence.
Education:
Bachelor of Music, University of Louisville (KY)
Master of Music, Flute Performance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Doctorate of Music Florida State University
RYT-200 Journeys in Yoga, Yoga Teaching Certification
Background: I have over nine years of studying flute pedagogy. I’ve held teaching assistantships with Dr. Shelley Binder (Univ. of TN), and Eva Amsler (FSU). I currently play with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (NC) and have held past positions with the Oak Ridge Symphony (TN), Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN), and most recently with the Panama City Pops Orchestra (FL), Northwest Florida Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast (FL). In addition, I have my yoga teaching certificate (RYT-200). I teach a gentle yoga class at the Wildacres flute masterclass every summer in Little Switzerland, NC. My play professionally with the Cypress Duo, a flute & guitar duo. The Flute Examiner is my online blog about flute and flute pedagogy: http://www.thefluteexaminer.com

Ellye Walsh

(919) 602-3210
ellyewalsh@gmail.com
Website

Location: Durham
Availability: Currently accepting students
Teacher Statement: I look forward to working with you on developing correct, yet relaxed flute technique along with a good knowledge of general music. The goal of flute lessons is to make flute playing easier and enjoyable.
Education:
Master of Music – Northwestern University 2013
Bachelor of Music – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011
Chamber Music Workshop – IES Abrod- Vienna, Austria 2009-2010
Background: Recently, Ellye has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Mallarmé Chamber Players, the Greensboro Symphony, and in the Art of Cool Jazz Festival. Her primary flute teachers include Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Barbara Gisler, John Thorne and Walfrid Kujala. She has also played in masterclasses for Mathieu Dufour, Jim Walker, Ian Clarke, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Göran Marcusson. You can hear her playing on Charanga Carolina’s CD “La Familia” or on her youtube page.
Specialties: Ellye is a versatile musician, able to play and teach many styles including classical, beatbox, improvised, and contemporary flute and piccolo playing. Able to teach students at all levels.

Mary Joanna White

(910) 793-1725
Website

Location: Wilmington, NC
Availability: Not accepting students outside the university at the moment.
Major teachers: Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Israel Borouchoff, Martha Rearick
Education:
B.M. East Carolina University
M.M. Michigan State University
D.M.A. Boston University
Affiliations:
Associate Professor of Flute, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
Principal Flutist with Wilmington Symphony
Specialties: New Music