Flute Lessons:

Monica teaches private flute lessons and beginning piano lessons. Lessons are catered to meet every individual’s personal needs. Students will learn techniques to improve technique, tone, rhythm, musicality, breathe control and posture all while playing music they love! Students also have opportunities to perform in studio recitals and competitions. Lessons are available at Center for Community Arts in Walnut Creek or in her home studio in the sunset district of San Francisco, or anywhere in the world virtually. 

Update: Currently all lessons are online via facetime, zoom or skype. Online lessons include group classes on theory, music history, flute studio and specialty workshops. To see offerings go to:  Group Classes with Private Lessons. As long as you have a computer, instrument, and internet you can have lessons anywhere!

1. Enrollment: Currently accepting student!. The first step is to set up a free trail lesson. Email me at monica@bayareaflutist.com to set up a session. Private lessons are valuable for those who wish to better themselves as musicians. Lessons can also teach self-discipline, multi-tasking and confidence, among other skills. 

2. Lesson Scheduling: The student will meet with the instructor every week. Recommended length of lesson is as follows: Levels – Beginner 30 minutes; Intermediate 45 minutes; Advanced 60 minutes.
3. Fees: Fees are ($45/$60/$80) per lesson (for 30 min, 45min, 60min lessons, respectively), $40 for all beginning piano students. Fees include private lessons, recital, and certificate program through CCMG.  Fees are due the first week of lessons for the entire month. A reminder will be sent out a week prior via email. If you are in Walnut Creek, partial scholarships may be available through Center for Community Arts. In the summer you only pay for the weeks that you will be in town and can come for a lesson.

4. Payments:  Payment is due in the following manner: cash, check, zelle or paypal on the first lesson of the month for the entire month. I will send an invoice a week prior via email for your convince.

5. Missed Lessons: I am fortunate this year to have a very full schedule. In order for me to be able to accommodate all of my students your time slot has been reserved for you for the year. I rent space for your lesson time, ensembles, and recitals. Lessons are held every week with the exception of the following for 2 weeks in December. During the school year (September- June) students are allowed to miss one lesson for any reason without payment/make up. All additional lessons must be paid for. If you miss a lesson I will put you on a list and offer a make up lesson when/if one becomes available. If you are in-person lessons, I will offer you some make ups virtually at certain points during the year.  I will also provide an ‘lesson switch’ email list and schedule. If you can not make a time because of an event, you are encouraged to switch with another student to ensure you get your time. I want you to get all the time you pay for, so I will provide a couple of options to help facilitate that. 

5. Practice: The student should arrive at each lesson on time, well prepared, and with all the necessary materials. He/she must schedule, when at all possible, daily practice without distractions.

Regular practice is important to the student’s overall progress. I will make recommendations for music and repairs only when necessary. Most music I recommend is available at www.fluteworld.com or Amazon. 

6. Dropping Lessons: If the student or parent decides to discontinue lessons, either 4 weeks notice must be given or the equivalent payment must be made.

7. Communication: Communication between parent and teacher is important. My preferred method of contact is email, as I check emails daily and usually get back to you the same day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding any aspect of your child’s musical study. I especially love to receive emails from students concerning their lesson assignments and flute playing in general. Email: monicaw14@hotmail.com Phone: 415-200-6617

During the school year I will continue to offer the following.

  • Recitals and a Certificate program through Contra Costa Music Guild.
  • Recording support. Many older students need recordings for various auditions and competitions. Younger students often like to record Christmas CDs. I record these during lessons an often edit these at home on my own time. This year recordings helped students get into Honor’s Performance at Carnegie Hal, CMEA All State Band, County Honor Band, District Honor Band, and various college pre-screenings. 
  • Email support. Between lessons I am available for follow up questions, listening to home practice recordings/videos, ect. Often times we can get more accomplished by clearing up questions that may arise at home in between lessons.
  • As a member of California Music Educators Association, all flutists will be able to participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest even if they are not in a participating school music program. I will be at the event to help students with preparations. www.calmusiced.com 
  • For flutists I organize a piano accompanist for in lesson rehearsals, recitals, and performances and assessment tests. This is for parents convenience and so that I can help with the rehearsal process. Doing rehearsals this way cuts down on the amount of time needed for rehearsals and helps the student gain confidence for their performance.
  • As a founding teacher for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program I help all interested piano and flute students prepare for the RCM exam in December and/or May.  www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org 

Testimonials from Students:

Pransti, parent of 7th grade students

Virtual classes have really helped my kids be engaged without interruptions despite the current situation. They look forward to the group music classes  which lets them showcase their own skills and learn from others. Really appreciate all the teachers who have come together to coordinate an event like this! 

Claire, 10th grade student

I really enjoy joining some of  the weekly group classes. I originally thought it would be difficult for online lessons but it hasn’t changed too much and with the addition of free group classes, I think I’ve improved in so many aspects and not just in my playing. I have gotten more confident and worked on skills like sight reading, practicing efficiently, and more. The group online performances have also helped my performing anxiety since it’s less stressful behind a screen but can build my confidence. Thanks to my teacher, Monica, for hosting such great lessons!

Kathy, adult student

Thanks to the musical classes offered by Monica, Rem, Stephen, Jon, and Stephen during the summer of 2020 when others have been bored, I’ve enjoyed learning so much about music. The group classes are geared at levels appropriate for kids and adults who may not have had college music training and/or those who want a review. Classes cover a variety of subjects from music history, music theory, conducting, how to practice, improvisation, GarageBand basics, and performance anxiety. They have been a great complement to my individual instrument lessons. Teachers enthusiastically share their wisdom and experience. They love and appreciate questions and comments from students. Most classes start with a quick review, so students can join at any point. The teachers make great use of Zoom; those who want to share can turn their video on but it’s also okay to just watch and use chat to ask questions. Zoom is also used to provide performance opportunities for those who want that. I feel so fortunate that these classes have given me something to look forward to during these isolating times. Many thanks Monica, Rem, Stephen, Jon and Stephen. 

Erin, 10th grade student

My favorite aspect of the group classes is the variety of material provided. Among one session, there are copious elements that are taught, such as technique enhancement and site reading, which personally help me develop into a better flutist. In our current situation, it is difficult to be persistent. Therefore, these virtual meetings allow me to stay connected with music and grow as an artist. 

Prithiv, 9th grade student

The combination of weekly virtual lessons and group classes was really helpful for me and my playing. Firstly, it made me get better at sight reading. To add on, the weekly classes helped me learn from my mistakes. It also made me better at playing. The virtual concerts were also good. They made me a more confident player. It also helped me practice getting rid of my nerves.

Drishti, 11th grade student

I really love the online music classes because of the diverse content it offers; everything from conducting to music theory. It has broadened my knowledge of music during this pandemic. The virtual recitals were also a unique way of expanding my performance experience. The online music classes helped me maintain my connection with music!