Why Study Flute With Me?

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"Young people can learn from my example that something can come from nothing. What I have become is the result of my hard efforts."

Franz Joseph Haydn

Age focus/specialization

While I have been teaching flute for all ages and levels since 1999, a few years back, I decided to shift my focus and specialize in teaching children in grades 3–6, ages 8–12. Unlike teenagers, adults, and very young children, during middle childhood, your child most likely also needs:

  • To be introduced to music in a positive way, where they can find and unveil their musical talent
  • A focus on fundamentals taught in an encouraging way
  • To develop personal skills using music as a vehicle. This includes learning about responsibility,
    commitment, discipline, focus, time management, patience, learning to express themselves.

In addition to developing my musical performance and pedagogy techniques for middle aged children, I am continuously researching the mental and social development milestones that organizations like the CDC recommends for middle childhood. By aligning my flute teaching with these milestones, I can help prepare your child for adolescence, boost their confidence, teach them to set and reach achievable goals, and develop patience.

Encouraging Parent-Student Collaboration to Maximize Learning

My teaching system involves parents in the child’s learning process, to maximize their musical and personal development. Part of this system includes::

  • Listening to flute music together or separately and have a discussion about what was cool about this piece.
  • Memorizing notes and fingerings by testing your child using flashcards
  • Doing breathing exercises together before each practice session
  • Using the detailed practice instructions I provide each week to help the child see demonstrable progress

I have a Doctorate in Music from Boston University

I graduated with the highest degree in music, a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Flute Performance from Boston University. In addition to teaching 30 students per semester, I regularly give solo concerts and perform in chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. I believe it is important that children ages 8-12 study with a performing artist because it gives students inspiration, motivates them to work harder at the flute, and helps them to set goals for how good they want to be at the flute.

Studying with Me is Risk Free (Money-Back Guarantee)

I am the only flute teacher in Boston that offers a 100% money-back guarantee, which you can read about on any of my Lesson Packages. I believe that the student and teacher must have mutual understanding about expectations and goals for each lesson, and parents are sometimes concerned about this fit. I do not take every student that comes to my studio, as this fit is critical, and I want the families that approach me for lessons to realize they can try my studio out risk-free.

Ready to find out more?

Browse my lesson packages. I teach lessons in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.

"I demand all that I can. I always try o demand more. I feel I never demand enough. You must expect from them a great constant effort to develop all that brings them the freedom of expression."

Nadia Boulanger

About Dr. Elzbieta (Ela) Brandys-O'Neill

Dr. Elzbieta Brandys-O'Neill is of European descent with formal musical training from Europe and the United States. Dr. Brandys-O'Neill received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Boston University, College of Fine Arts. She holds a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma degrees in Flute Performance from The Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA as well as a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Dr. Brandys-O'Neill has been teaching since 1999, students of all levels in both private and group settings. Dr. Brandys-O'Neill is attuned to the individual needs and desires of the students. Her passion as a teacher is to work with flute students, increase their motivation, confidence, and help each reach his or her full potential and talent to the highest level.

Dr. Elzbieta Brandys-O'Neill is described as a flutist, musician, and artist "who is able to uniquely meld elegant tone, artistic sensibility and a solid mastery of technique" - Andrew List, composer at Berklee School of Music. She gives recitals internationally, and performs with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Claflin Hill Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, Marsh Chapel Collegium, and the Cantata Singers. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, The Wang Theatre, and Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Dr. Brandys-Neill has won first prize in Chamber Music Foundation's International Ensemble Competition, among others. For more information about Elzbieta and her upcoming performances please visit elzbietabrandys.com.

Download the free “The Parent’s Guide to Choosing a Flute Teacher for an 8–12 Year-Old Child”

This free guide is going to help you answer a few questions on how to choose a flute teacher for your 8-12 year-old child including:

  • Deciding when your child is old enough to take flute lessons, and how long they should be
  • Understanding the chemistry that should exist between your child and teacher
  • How to approach trial lessons, and the guarantees and assurances you should get from your flute teacher before you pay them anything
  • Does the teacher’s degree or credentials in music matter
  • and more

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