Michelle currently offers online classes
in flute, piano, pennywhistle and music theory from her home studio in Delta.In person lessons can be arranged. Lessons are geared towards beginners and intermediate players of all ages.
Students are encouraged to bring along music they want to learn to play, and are also inspired to learn to write music themselves! Students perform in recitals twice a year; an informal gathering where they can share with family and friends all their successes. Recent recitals have been hosted online.
Michelle believes in introducing her students to a very wide range of styles and genres of music for a well-rounded result - from Contemporary to Classical to World to Jazz to Celtic. All students learn a blended mix of styles and musical theory, wrapped up in a 30, 45 or 60 minute lesson of fun and laughter. There is great enthusiasm when seeing the improving results each week, as students progress on their own and learn to enjoy music in all its many forms - which is as rewarding to the teacher as to the student!
For those students wishing to pursue RCM (Royal Conservatory) and take exams, Michelle is a registered teacher with the RCM in Toronto. Benefits to taking exams are gaining a wonderful level of accomplishment, one which can never be taken away, and at certain grade levels, exams also come with high school credits.
Lesson material is made of a variety of different musical styles and genres, and above all, listening skills and creativity are most encouraged.
Group flute lessons as well as her specially-created flute ensemble "Fluterrific" are under her direction and just like private lessons, are aimed at people seeking to explore the fun of playing the flute.
Similar to private lessons, students will learn the basics and enjoy playing the flute while gaining experience and technique. In this format, groups of 2-5 students would participate in the same lesson and work on the same music at the same pace. This can be particularly fun if the group is flute players from the same band class, or the same family, or the same neighbourhood, for example. Group size would depend on the level of the players in the group. Lessons may be 1/2 hour or one hour, at the discretion of the teacher and the participants.
A glimpse into the music and teaching studio of teacher and performer, Michelle Carlisle. Michelle lives in Delta, BC, a suburb of Vancouver. At her studio, she teaches the flute, piccolo, pennywhistle & fife, as well as piano lessons and music theory instruction.
If you are interested in playing with others in a small group situation with "flutes only", we have a session approximately twice a month, featuring a wide range of material including Celtic ~ Jazz ~ Classical ~ Latin ~ Broadway ~ Pop... and lots more!
Our goal is to have fun!
Fluterrific was created with the intent to have flute players joining together to practice and perform a variety of musical styles, some composed and arranged specially for the group by Michelle. The idea of keeping it entirely to flutes means there is less waiting for another group of instruments to learn their part while the flutes sit patiently for their turn!
Flutes together create a magical sound, the sound waves practically visible in the air around them. Everyone participating is encouraged to take turns with the lead parts, and in this way no single person is left with more work than another, but instead a fun sharing with great results. Participants are of different levels but are given parts they can play; sometimes challenging them to raise their skills to the next level but always attainable.