- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | https://www.iammansi.com/
- Location: Available for virtual lessons
- Teacher Statement: Mansi teaches all ages and skill levels, and believes in a holistic, well-rounded, and culturally inclusive approach to music-making. With her emphasis on building strong fundamentals in breathing, technique, aural skills, and music appreciation, her students are prepared to play everything from folk songs to solo repertoire and audition excerpts. Mansi strongly believes in music as a vehicle for self-expression, and enjoys working with her students to build confidence, good habits, and find their own voices through their music!
- B.A. Music Performance, UNC Chapel Hill
- B.S. Environmental Science, UNC Chapel Hill
- M.S. Analytics, Institute for Advanced Analytics at NCSU
RAFA Teacher Directory
Location: In-person outdoor lessons, and online. 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.
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.
Location: In-person and online via Zoom. 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.
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 Hillard 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.
Location: (Virtual Lessons only) 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.
Location: Triangle area
Availability: Accepting New Students on Flute, Piccolo, G and Bass Flute. Chamber Music practice is available. Skype lessons are also available. Lessons can be taught in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.
Education: Flute and Piano Performance degrees.
Chamber Music: University of California at Los Angeles and Conservatory of Drama and Music of Sao Paulo. Also studied Music History and Baroque Flutes.
Background: Teaching Flute and Piano for over 20 years. Chamber Music Performances in the Unites States, Europe and South America. Creative Director for Ian Clarke Concert/Master Class 2015. Producer/Performer “Stirring the Forest” released by ITM West Wind Records in Germany. Film score composer; Guest Speaker; Performer at American Church in Paris; Principal flutist at Vero Chamber Orchestra; Space Coast Flute Orchestra; Music Director Riverside Theater; Creative Director Opera Guild. Chamber music studies: University of California at Los Angeles and Conservatory of Drama and Music of Sao Paulo. Also studied Music History and Baroque Flutes.
Teacher Statement: I believe every student has what it takes to become musically successful and fulfilled in the process of learning music. Among many recitals and summer/winter festivals, my students traveled to Japan, performed at Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series, at All State, Solo and Ensemble, Music Scholarship Fundraisers and as soloists with national and international Orchestras.
Location: (Virtual lessons only) Raleigh, flexible availability.
Teacher Statement: I focus on good basics and form and the use of the body. I help you correct and solve issues in your flute playing so you can move towards whatever goals you choose. I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities. I perform full time with the North Carolina Symphony but love mentoring and helping students attain their dreams and goals. I’ve taught almost as long as I’ve played and know from experience what works and how to get the fastest results to improvement. I am also the flute professor at NCSU.
Location: Hope Mills / Fayetteville
Availability: Currently accepting students for summer and fall!
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
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.
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
(919) 619-9971 / email@example.com
Location: (Virtual Lessons only) 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
Home: (336) 570-1989 / Cell: (336) 675-2798
Elon University: (336) 278-5525 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: (Virtual lessons only) 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!
B.M. Performance, UNC-Greensboro
M.M. Performance, UNC-Greensboro
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.
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)
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
(919) 841-2042 / email@example.com
Availability: I currently have a few openings. During the pandemic I am only teaching on Zoom. I will resume in person lessons when it is safe to do so.
Location: Monday-Friday: Cary School of Music, 201 W. Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511
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. When it is safe to resume in person lessons I will offer performance classes and studio recitals.
Major Teachers & Masterclasses: John Oberbrunner, Lois Schafer, Janet Ferguson, Thomas Nyfenger, Julius Baker, Louis Moyse, Claude Monteux and John Heiss
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.
Bachelor of Music, University of Louisville (KY)
Master of Music, Flute Performance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Doctorate of Music Florida State University
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). I 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
(919) 720-0531 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Availability: Contact for openings
B.A. Flute Performance, University of Georgia
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.
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.
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.
Location: Studios in Chapel Hill (off of New Hope Church Road) and downtown Southern Pines. My studio is all online until summer 2021.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Location: Greenville, NC
Availability: days and evenings Monday-Friday; weekends by special arrangement. In-person and online private lessons available. Group masterclasses available in person or on Zoom.
Teacher Statement: I enjoy teaching students of all ages. Whether you need help with beginning basics, preparing for that important audition or performance, or are ready to dust off your flute that has been hiding in a closet for years, I would love to work with you!
BM Flute Performance, Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT
MM Flute Performance, East Carolina University
Specialties: audition/performance preparation; adult amateur students
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.
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.
Availability: Currently accepting students
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
Location: (Virtual lessons only)
-Ravenscroft School, North Raleigh
-West Cary / Apex on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Availability: Currently accepting students.
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.
D.M. 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: Dr. Kelly Nivison 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: All-District auditions, piccolo, baroque flute, historical performance
Contact: 336-500-7936 | email@example.com
Location: Greensboro and Triangle area (currently online lessons only)
Availability: Currently accepting students, beginner through advanced
Education & Background:
M.M in Flute Performance: University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany
B.M. in Flute Performance: Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan
M.Ed. Northern Arizona University, U.S.A.
Background: I have over 20 years of experience as a professional flutist and as a devoted flute teacher in Japan, Germany, and the United States. I have performed numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra player including with the National Theater Orchestra Weimar & the Osaka Symphony Orchestra.
Teacher Statement: I will consult with each student to carefully determine their goals and needs, and create lesson plans that best fit each student. I offer one free trial lesson and consultation for each prospective student.
Specialties: Flute & piccolo lessons (traditional/Suzuki method), orchestra/band study, flute ensembles, chamber music, audition preparations
Contact: (921)-621-9330 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Apex, NC
Availability: Accepting new students of all ages and ability levels.
Teacher Statement: I taught Music, N-6, for 16 years in a NY Montessori School and have been giving private piano and flute lessons for more than 30 years. Beginners are my specialty as I make learning fun, for both adults and children, helping to foster a love of music and learning.
(919) 781-3225 / email@example.com
Location: (Virtual lessons only) Home Studio in Raleigh, 27609 (near North Hills)
Availability: Currently accepting students age 10 through adult; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
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.
Contact: (434) 989-2104 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: (Virtual Lessons only) Dryer Music School
Availability: Accepting new students of all ages and ability levels.
Teacher Statement: I design each lesson specifically to meet each student’s individual needs. I work with students to identify how they best learn, to create personalized goals, and to ensure that they enjoy playing the flute.
- M.M, Music Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
- B.M. Flute Performance, University of South Carolina – Columbia
Specialties: Audition and college preparation.
Location: Asheville – home studio, flute instructor at UNC-Asheville, occasional visits to the Triangle
Availability: Currently accepting students virtually and in-person when weather permits to be outside. I teach students across the US and internationally over Skype and FaceTime.
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.
Location: Wilmington, NC
Availability: Not accepting students outside the university at the moment.
Major teachers: Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Israel Borouchoff, Martha Rearick
B.M. East Carolina University
M.M. Michigan State University
D.M.A. Boston University
Associate Professor of Flute, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
Principal Flutist with Wilmington Symphony
Specialties: New Music