Angela McCuiston

Panama City Florida Flute Teacher Angela McCuiston

Teaching

Angela has many years of teaching under her belt, having given masterclasses and private lessons to all ages: from elementary level all the way through college level and adults.

An avid teacher as she is a performer, Angela has openings to teach sectionals, masterclasses for your flutists, private lessons and is also available for guest recitals and clinics.

Angela’s teaching covers all topics, but specializes in performance anxiety, body awareness and performance practice.
Three lesson options are available:

In person lessons, one-on-one in Panama City at the student’s school, home or at Playground Music.
Group lessons in Panama City (or surrounding areas) at the student’s school or home
Online lessons via Skype

Lessons Online
I also offer a long distance teaching option, via Skype, for those of you who would like to take a lesson/lessons but do not live in the area. You must have a webcam and Skype installed on your computer.

You may download SKYPE for FREE HERE.

How it works:

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Email Angela to set up an appointment for a test call.

If the test call is successful click on one of the following lesson options below and pay via Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account, you can make your payment from any bank account, simply click on the link and follow the directions.

During the test call we will discuss scheduling for lessons. Lessons will begin once payment has been made.

I offer one time lessons in 30/45/60 minute increments and also a recurring lesson option for those wishing to take regular lessons. If you would like regular, recurring lessons, please select the subscription option below in the time increment you wish to have. You will be billed for 4 lessons and those lessons may be used within a 2 month time period. You will be billed every month until you cancel your subscription and you may cancel at any time. If a lesson needs to be missed by me every effort will be made to reschedule. If that lesson is not able to be made up within the month, it will carry over until it is made up. If a lesson by the student is missed without 24 hours prior notification, just like live lessons, that lesson will be forfeit.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and I look forward to working with you!

Contract

I maintain a private teaching studio at Playground Music in Panama City, FL. For those students wishing to be taught elsewhere, I am available to teach lessons at your school, or, if you are a travelling snowbird or your school is not available, then in your home. If you would like to chose this route, I ask all students to sign a contract. This contract simply states that lessons are paid for in advance at the beginning of the month and if I miss a lesson, I will make it up. If you miss a lesson without prior notification, that lesson is lost.

Group Lessons

If you are interested in taking lessons, but are unable to commit to one-on-one lessons, I am currently accepting students for group lessons at a reduced rate. Group lessons are offered separately from Flute Studio. Contact me for rates and availability

Teaching Philosophy/Approach

Playing the flute can be so much more than learning how to make noise on an instrument. Learning to play the flute is one thing, learning to make music is another, and letting all these experiences develop you into a more complete and self-aware person is what I aim to do. I don’t aim to make musicians of my students, I don’t even aim to make them flute players, per say, my goal, if you study with me, is to make you more aware of yourself and thereby able to unlock your full potential in not only the musical world, but in the world outside of music.

What to Expect In Lessons

My teaching methods employ an integrative approach and at times, a somewhat radical departure from the norm. It is normal with me to have a lesson where we do not play at all. I have also been known to take lessons to hallways, other rooms (including bathrooms!); asking students to play grotesquely, play outside their comfort zones, to make what would be called “ugly” noises, to slouch, stand on one foot, sing and play, the possibilities are endless! While some of this bucks the norm of “checking the box, completing the page in the lesson book and getting a sticker” I find that this approach has a myriad of different applications that can be used to develop the whole person, not just a flute player.

I teach all ages, from the very young beginner, to the very old beginner, to the advanced student and everything in between. I do find it helpful to work out of method books, as they have their place in learning basics. Some of the method books I use:

Rubank (Elementary-Advanced)
Melodious and Progressive Studies
Paperblossoms by Ulrich Gasser
Reichert 12 Studies
Karg-Elert studies
Trevor Wye Studies
“What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” by Barbary Conable
“The Use of Self” by Matthias Alexander

For beginners, we’ll learn how to assemble the flute, how to form a proper embochure and how to read music. Once the basics have been established, we will move on to beginner method books and go from there.

I do not use a “one size fits all” approach to teaching and therefore I use no one standard method book. Depending on the students needs we may use several, or none of the above and use other methods. My intent is to develop the student into the best flute player, the best musician and the best person they can be. If, at the end of our time together, you have an awareness and knowledge about yourself that you did not have before, and yet, you have discovered that it is not your calling to be a professional musician, I consider my job to have been well performed as you will be able to perform in whatever career field you choose, to a higher level than your comrades!

Not everyone who takes private lessons wants to be a professional musician and that is just fine! We need musically trained people in all fields. I’ve found that people with musical backgrounds make the best doctors, veterinarians, psychologists, school teachers, bus drivers, store managers, office professionals and every other profession you can think of. Having musical training allows you to use more parts of your brain and connect things in a way that people who don’t have that training just can’t access.

Let’s make you a better person starting today!!!!!

Other Musical Opportunities for Panama City Flutists

Panama City Mini Flute Camp

What is a mini flute camp? It’s a few hours where flutists get together and we cover all kinds of topics related to music and playing flute. We go over self awareness, how to overcome nerves, piccolo playing, articulation, breathing and vibrato and so many other things! Bring your solo and ensemble (or solo or band music) that you are working on and the last hour will be dedicated to teaching in a masterclass setting. If you would like help on your music, come take a lesson in front of the class, or learn from others! Flutists, this is a great way to get a private lesson, in a group setting, especially if lessons aren’t in your budget this year. This is also a great way to get information on where to repair your flute, and get ideas for practicing over the winter/summer break.

Cost for the class is only $5! How much better of a deal can you get than that? Feel free to contact me with any questions, and I look forward to seeing you at our next camp, stay tuned for details.

Emerald Coast Flute Choir

Panama City now has its own flute choir! Open to all adult flutists and advanced high school students. We are a group that is intent on performing locally and giving concerts to area schools in the near future. Our group is takes ensemble playing to the next level in developing a keen sense of ensemble awareness, intonation, balance, blend and internal beat. If you think you may be interested in joining, please email me for an audition. Whether you play piccolo, C flute, alto or bass, we have room for you and we would love for you to join us.

“Workouts to Prevent Pain”

Are you afraid of the weight room? Do you fear that lifting weights will make you bulky and hinder your ability to play? Nothing could be further from the truth! As musicians, we take such detailed care of our instruments, yet neglect our own bodies.

Let me come teach you and your group about how to lift weights properly, how to stretch before and after practice sessions/rehearsals and most importantly, we’ll talk about specific weight lifting exercises to get you out of pain and back into playing with more self awareness, better body balance and ease of movement.