for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players
Private lessons are offered right here in our store. Lessons are the key to success in mastering an instrument. Individual attention gives the student customized instruction on how to play the instrument properly and how to read and interpret the music. Lessons are for individuals who are beginners, students who are struggling, band and orchestra members who are bored and want to play more or harder music, and even adults who want to learn, learn again, or continue learning more. Lessons are typically weekly, and they can be taken long term or short term (i.e. getting ready for solo and ensemble or an audition).
Our teachers are also available for sectionals, master classes, and concerts. Flute Specialists, Inc. hosts a recital every year to give an opportunity for all students to perform as a soloist or with a group.
Native American Flute
Additional teachers are available upon request. Please see bios below.
Miranda Browne - Flute and Piccolo
Ms. Browne recently earned her Bachelor's Degree in flute performance from Central Michigan University and performs locally as a soloist, chamber ensemble member, and also with her classical guitarist duo partner. Miranda is a former student of the FS Studio and loves teaching budding flutists of all ages and levels. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
Gary Cooper - Flute, Trumpet, Saxophones, and Recorder
Well-known Metroi-Detroit jazz and classical musician performing as a featured soloist and ensemble player as a member of the North Ridge Church praise and worship team, as well as concert and club venues. Gary is available for instruction on improvisational flute, trumpet and saxophone, as well as classical trumpet. Email: email@example.com (By Appointment)
Timothy Ginn - Guitar
An active recitalist performing solo and in chamber ensembles across Michigan, Tim is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in classical guitar performance. Performs frequently in duo with flutist Miranda Browne as well as the Oakland University guitar ensemble. Available for classical guitar instruction at all levels and beginning and intermediate acoustic guitar. Tim is passionate about teaching guitarists of all musical backgrounds the fundamentals of musicianship and interpretation. timothyginn.com firstname.lastname@example.org (By Appointment)
Kasey Martin - Flute and Piccolo
Ms. Martin currently holds orchestral positions with the Midland Symphony, Dearborn Symphony, and Southwest Michigan Symphony, and performs with other groups throughout the area including the Toledo Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and Detroit Symphony. She is a flute instructor at the Steiner School in Ann Arbor and Madonna University in Livonia. She also serves as music director of the Flute Specialists Flute Choir and as a board member of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association. Email: email@example.com (Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays)
Sam Martin - Clarinets (including soprano, Eb, and bass) and all Saxophones
Mr. Martin is the principal clarinetist of the Rochester Symphony and the second clarinetist of the Warren Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly with orchestras and theater pits throughout Michigan. He has played both clarinet and saxophone in theater orchestras including the Fox and Fisher Theaters in Detroit. He also performs as a soloist, and with his wife Kassia Martin as the Martin Wind Duo. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays)
Karen Minto - Native American Flute
Mrs. Minto, originally from Apache Junction Arizona, has been influenced by Native American culture since her earliest memories. Her father was a western artist and historian whose best friend was a senior Mohawk tribal chief who would would instruct her on Indian ways and lore. Mrs. Minto plays clarinet, trumpet, flute, Native American Flute, piano and has two certificates from Flute Haven, a Native Flute School, one for being trained on the flute and the second as a flute instructor and flute circle facilitator. She has performed before live audiences as a soloist or in a group and was a member of a Navy band. She has produced two music videos and is working on a Native American style music CD. Email: email@example.com (Wednesdays after 12 PM, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays)
Heather Neuenschwander - Flute and Piccolo
Mrs. Neuenschwander has a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from Oakland University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Wayne State University. A former middle and high school band director, she now performs throughout Metro-Detroit and currently plays flute and piccolo with the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra. She also teaches at Oakland University in the Music Preparatory Division and she is a board member of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Wednesdays)
Amanda Sparfeld- Flute and Piccolo
Ms. Sparfeld is the principal flutist of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Amanda also regularly performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was the Interim Flute Instructor at Oakland University and loves teaching flute students of all ages. Email: email@example.com (Tuesdays/Flexible)
Natalie Pagel (Unsworth) - Flute
Mrs. Pagel is a flutist and educator in the metro Detroit area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Central Michigan University. Currently she is the assistant director of the Berkley High School band program, the music teaching assistant at Anderson Middle School and the 5th grade woodwind teacher at Burton Elementary. She is passionate about the arts in society and arts education. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Mondays through Wednesdays)
Updated December 2014