I am now accepting students to my Sugar Hill studio.  Spots are open for Suzuki beginners, advanced students and adult amateurs*.

Contact me at 812-604-5363 or zara@zaralawler.com for more information.

Working with a student at Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.

I am a Juilliard-trained flutist and a dedicated educator.  I teach flute as part of the faculty of Manhattan School of Music Precollege, and also privately in my home studio in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem.  I have been teaching for many years and I particularly love teaching young beginners, adult amateurs, and advanced high school and college students.  I was trained in the Suzuki method [see below for more information] and find this approach to be useful at all levels of music education because it focuses as much on how students learn as it does on what the teacher wants them to learn.  [for my full bio, click here]. I believe anyone and everyone can learn to express themselves through music and the flute, especially when learning goes step-by-step and follows the students’ natural learning ability.

Group classes:  I host a group class for my Suzuki students about once a month, as schedules allow.  Group classes are a vital part of learning in the Suzuki method:  they are informal performances, master classes, music theory workshops and social events all rolled into one.  Students perform for and learn from one another, work together on ensemble pieces, and have a chance to use and reinforce concepts from their lessons.  From time to time, I invite guest master teachers and musicians to our group classes to add enrichment (and adventure!) into our music learning.

With students after our 2016 Bach in the Subways performance at Grand Central in NYC.

Performance Opportunities:  I believe performing should be fun and friendly for students of all ages, a chance to share music we love.  Every year I host a Flute Party for all my students:  half-recital, half-celebration, it is our fun end-of-year tradition.  We also participate in Bach in the Subways, a world-wide celebration of Bach and public transportation, every March.  Usually there are other informal performance opportunities throughout the year, through group classes and other events that come up.  For students interested in more formal and/or competitive opportunities, I send them to the New York Flute Club contest, NYSSMA auditions, and others.

Beginning Flute Lessons:  If you are interested in flute lessons, send me an email at zara@zaralawler.com or call 812-604-5363.  In most cases, especially for young students, I will suggest that you come and observe a lesson or two and/or a group class.  This is the best way I have found to learn if we are a good fit.  For adult amateurs and some more advanced students, it may be best to start with a sample lesson (or two or three) to get a sense of how we will work together.  Either way, though, it starts with that first email or phone call!

*Don’t fit into one of these categories?  Don’t worry!  Just email zara@zaralawler.com and we can set up a time to talk about what you are looking for in flute lessons.  If it’s not a good fit, I will probably have someone to recommend.

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