"Music is not a sound but an idea" - Arnold Schoenberg
About Nicole F.
I am a professional flutist and teacher in Atlanta, where I have played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, and the Columbus, Albany, Augusta, and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. I hold an M.M. in Flute Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where I was an Associate Instructor of Flute, and a B.M. from the University of Florida.
I have a passion for music education and I love working with students of all ages. Over the past 11 years, I have taught students ranging from young beginners through the middle and high school level, as well as advanced college undergraduates and adults.
My teaching philosophy is to develop a curriculum tailored to the individual needs of each student, with a focus on fundamentals such as a beautiful sound and solid technique in addition to learning important standards of the repertoire. I have found that every young flutist I work with has a unique style of learning. I believe it is my job as a teacher to discover which methods work the best for each student and plan our lessons accordingly.
When lessons begin, I like to take some time to discuss the student's short-term and long-term goals. This can range from improving specific areas of playing (like tone quality, technique, use of air, fingerings, articulation, etc.) to preparing for auditions for school ensembles, chair placement, All-State band and orchestra, All-County bands, competitions, Solo & Ensemble contest, and college auditions. We can work on a range of repertoire, including the music your child needs to learn for school as well as fun and challenging solo pieces. As time progresses through lessons, we reassess our goals. Overall, I like to help each student become as well-rounded as possible in their playing.
Most importantly, I always aim to ensure that my students have fun in their lessons and love making music!