Michael Williams - Flutist
About Michael's Studio:
Michael teaches weekly flute lessons, is a Practicing Artist at Denver School of the Arts, and Co-Director of the Mile High Flute Benders Flute Choir. He approaches lessons as a guided exploration of the flute and strives to provide each student with a solid foundation of proper flute technique and musical concepts. He helps to provide skills needed to develop a strong work ethic through daily practice techniques and individualized lesson plans.
Beginner/Intermediate Students (Elementary/Middle School):
At this level the most important elements are developing proper flute technique (holding the flute, creating a good embouchure, breathing, how to stand/sit with the flute, basic articulation) and good practice habits. Students will learn proper fingerings through scale practice, begin to develop their tone through etudes and short solo pieces, and learn to properly use a metronome. Basic music theory and history will be incorporated into lessons.
Advanced/High School Students:
Older and more advanced students are encouraged to be active in guiding the direction of their flute lessons. Students will be given the tools to advance their technique through the use of scale books, weekly etudes and exercises, their musical interpretation skills with solo pieces and orchestral excerpts, and an increased understanding of music theory and history.
Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, lesson rates, or to set up your first lesson!
"Michael is a wonderful teacher. He has a great gift of music and wishes to instill that art into each of his students. There is a balance between play and work ethic, allowing his students to learn and know what they are capable of achieving. My son has moved up several chair placements under Michael's tutelage and is now striving for more. But more importantly, Michael has shown how music and hard work can help you in every aspect of your life." - Tracy L. December 2018
"Michael has been my son's flute instructor for the past 3 years, and I recommend him most highly! In the time that my son has studied with Michael, he has qualified for the most competitive positions such as the University of Colorado's honor band and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. I'm especially impressed with Michael's ability to motivate a kid who, in his pre-teen and teen years, hasn't always been the most mature individual! Thanks to Michael's instruction and mentorship, my son's love for flute as well as his technique have grown tremendously." - Cheryl H. December 2018
Suggested Methods and Etude Books:
Beginners: Trevor Wye – Beginner’s Book for the Flute (Parts 1 and 2); Rubank – Elementary Method for Flute; Louis Moyse – 40 Little Pieces
Intermediate: Mel Bay – Indispensable Book of Scales, Exercises, and Etudes for the Developing Flutist; Rubank – Intermediate Method and/or Advanced Method; Trevor Wye – Tone and/or other practice books; M. Moyse – 24 Little Melodic Studies with Variations; Kohler – 15 Easy Etudes, Op. 33; Joachim Andersen – 24 Etudes, Op. 30
Advanced: M. Moyse – De La Sonorite; M. Moyse – Tone Development through Interpretation; Taffanel and Gaubert – 17 Daily Exercises; M.A. Reichert – 7 Daily Exercises, Op. 5; Andre Maquarre – Daily Exercises for the Flute; Walfrid Kujala - The Flutists Vade Mecum; Joachim Andersen – 24 Etudes, Op. 33; B.T. Berbigiuer - 18 Studies for the Flute; Ernesto Kohler - Romantic Etudes
Mile High Flute Benders
Mile High Flute Benders is a collaborative and fun flute choir based led by Colorado Symphony flutist Cathy Peterson and Michael Williams. Rehearsals are held at Denver School of the Arts on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm. All ages and ability levels are welcome and attendance every week is not required - perfect for students and working adults! More information regarding Mile High Flute Benders can be found on:
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