In my over 30 years of teaching experience, I have almost always had at least one adult student in my studio. While I love teaching all ages, I especially love teaching adults because I know that they are doing it because they really want to. An adult student is anyone over the age of 18 in my book, not just someone who is retired. I’ve had beginner, intermediate, and advanced adult flute students. I welcome any level and any age of flute player to my studio.
Please refer to my blog post from June 29th, 2022 entitled What to Expect from Flute Lessons for more specifics for your first lesson such as what to bring and what to play.
First of all, you should know that I take you (adults) just as seriously as younger students. Since you are an adult, I expect you to be more proactive in your practicing and know that you understand your limits. However, at the same time, I will strive to push you to excel in new areas and want you to be open and honest with me about your flute playing goals and expectations.
I’m more than happy to work on songs you are interested in learning. Know that I will still expect you to work on tone, technique exercises and etudes, in addition to your solos.
The most common issues you will probably bring with you are bad flute habits that unfortunately, you’ve had for a long time. My goal is to identify and adjust or change those habits. I recognize that that can be frustrating, but IT IS possible to change old habits for the better. It takes patience and persistence, but over time, you’ll be able to make those adjustments which will improve your flute playing.
Occasionally adult students don’t want to play in front of the younger students and are hesitant or refuse to play for masterclasses, recitals, or festivals. I will encourage you to participate, but will also respect your wishes. Most of the time, however, I find that adult students seek performance opportunities and recognize the benefit they can gain from any performing experience.
I know what it’s like to be juggling family, work, hobbies, community, and church responsibilities. I think it’s fabulous to continue to develop your talents at any age. Music is magnificent, magical, marvelous, and a meaningful part of life!