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Flute Lessons with Masha

Masha, originally from Oak Park, IL, began studying flute at age eleven, continuing her studies through high school with Donna Milanovich. Most recently, Masha was the first prize winner in the woodwind/brass division at the Young Texas Artist Competition. As a Albert M. Greenfield winner, Masha performed as a concert soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the 2009-2010 season. Masha has also performed as a soloist with the Symphony of Oak

Park and River Forest, Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, and Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra. In most recent summers, Masha has attended the Spoleto Music Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and National Repertory Orchestra.

In addition to her performances, Masha greatly enjoys teaching classical flute. She has taught at several Houston area middle schools and high schools during the past several years, in addition to maintaining a private studio. Here's an excerpt from Masha's teaching philosophy:

"I encourage all my students to ask questions - the more, the better. Since I only see students once a week, during the lesson my main goal is to make sure that the student knows what and, more importantly, how to practice during the week. I try to help every student develop a fine ear, as that is the best tool for individual practicing at home. In addition, I often show different exercises for students in order to help them fix certain problems in whatever they might be working on. The discipline that we learn as musicians can be extremely beneficial in all areas of life. There is nothing more rewarding than the joy a student experiences as they improve!"

Masha received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She recently finished her Master of Music at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where she studied with Leone Buyse. 



"While taking lessons from Masha, I became more confident in my sound, I grew more familiar with a variety of rhythms, I learned to think musically, and I had a lot of fun!" - Alex, 9th grader.

"Ms. Masha taught me how to read notes and play scales with the correct fingering and sound. If I made a mistake, she would help me to perfect it! Her teaching made me want to practice more and continue learning how to play the flute!" - Ashley, 5th grader.

"My son took flute lessons with a teacher who is a member of the national symphony in Hanoi. The teacher observed that my son played quite well for a student with two years of practice and that he had had good instruction." - Parent of a middle school student after taking lessons with me for a year.

"SHE IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - Mitchell, 7th grader.

"I really like the way Masha found small errors and concentrated on the details of the piece so that the general quality of the music could improve. Masha also is a great teacher and a fun person to learn from!" - Andi, 9th grader.

"I had the pleasure to obtain flute lessons from Masha Popova. Masha is an excellent teacher in all respects. She addresses fundamentals, techniques and tonal skills, while supporting her advice with pertinent pieces. I have taken flute lessons from many teachers. Masha stands out in being fresh and unassuming. I miss her. But I wish her a very successful career wherever she chooses to go." - Verena, adult student. 



Set up flute lessons with Masha at [email protected]

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Student gives guitar teacher, David Putnam, an electric guitar!

When I have a student get excited about our lessons it really makes me happy inside to know that I can bring other people joy, especially, through music! I've had many tips given to me from my students over the years as a thank you to me for all they have learned from our lessons. I've received gifts that have ranged from money to books and more and I am so grateful for all. Just recently, I was given a guitar as a thank you from one of my jazz guitar students, Matthias. How cool is that?! (it's the cream guitar on the right).

Check out Matthias' band, Indyus. His music will definitely get you going!

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Scale Practice in the Mornings with David

Looking to practice your scales, arps, and/or sight reading?  Practice guitar with our teacher, David, every morning Monday through Friday at 10AM.  If you'd like to meet earlier that can be arranged, too.  This is not a lesson, but a practice session.  $10 if you pay-as-you-go or $40 if you meet everyday of the week.  All stringed instrumentalists are welcome!



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Free Coffee & WiFi For You!

We know how it can be to be a parent or spouse waiting for your child or loved one to take a lesson.  For your comfort, David, offers free Starbucks coffee and free WiFi at his music studio so that you can relax with your iPad or laptop while you wait.  For $2 you can get a fresh vege and/or fruit juice to help you think more clearly during your lesson. For the mom's that are waiting for their children to take a lesson we also offer mini ice cream for those that would like to indulge for only $2.  What's your favorite ice cream?