Music is abstract,
but learning to play the flute isn't.
Let me guess: you're a curious, music-loving person and you're having trouble turning your motivation into noticeable progress on the flute. Maybe you haven't played the flute before so you don't even know where to start. Do you ever wish you could learn the "secrets" of beautiful playing in an encouraging environment?
Yes? Well, then, I'm glad we found each other!
I'm here to teach you tangible tools and processes to level up your flute playing! I provide step-by-step ways you can confidently achieve your unique goals so you avoid spending years figuring out what "use your diaphragm" means (it's an involuntary muscle!) or how to "support your sound" (huh?!).
Throughout my 18 years of flute playing and 7 years of teaching, I've come to understand exactly what it takes to play beautifully on the flute, and though it does require lots of dedication, effort, and perseverance, it is much more achievable than you may think.
These lessons might be for you if:
You're 12 years old or older
You're a complete beginner (yay for trying new things!)
You have playing experience, but never took lessons before (leveling up, yes!)
You used to play a long time ago and you want to get back to basics with extra guidance (starting fresh feels so good!)
Welcome to Caitlin Berger's Flute Studio, a modern classical music learning space!
Here’s what you get when you study with me:
One-on-one weekly lessons (in person or online), tailored to meet your unique needs. You get my undivided attention and personal guidance.
Weekly newsletters (click here for an example!) containing announcements, listening recommendations, flute tips, and more!
A practice journal so you can track your habits and goals and hit those playing milestones! (Only available for in-person lessons.)
Access to the virtual portal My Music Staff, your one stop shop for sheet music, lesson notes (for online lessons), invoices, a practice log, and much more!
The confidence and trust you put in me will never be taken for granted.
I am aware that every single person is different and has a unique set of experiences and identities. Lessons with me are truly a safe and brave space for learning and feeling confident with who you are. I am sensitive to different learning styles and I will check in with you regularly during the lesson to make sure we are on the same page (and having fun!). It’s very important to me that students of any and all identities (race, gender, disability, etc.) feel welcomed and comfortable in my teaching space. You are deserving of respect and dignity no matter your musical knowledge or background, and I promise to honour that. You are a whole human being, not just a flutist, and I will care about you accordingly.
Need some extra encouragement?
Take a look at what students and parents have to say!
As a senior thinking about returning to music and the flute (which I never fully mastered before), I chanced upon Caitlin's Facebook notice, and thought, why not? Turned out to be an excellent decision.
Caitlin is an outstanding teacher, patient, knowledgeable, and very sweet. No matter how badly I play during a lesson, I always leave the session in a good mood, having gained valuable understanding about music and the art of playing. Now if you want one of those teachers who says your playing is magnificent, even when it's not, then Caitlin is not for you. She is constructively honest, always encouraging, but never harsh (even when you have mangled a piece beyond recognition. Hey, it happens). Her focus is your growth, but never at the cost of the joy of playing.
The fact that I am old enough to be her grandmother is not a problem. Her teaching and communication skills easily cross any potential generational divide. She is immensely flexible and devoted to helping you learn at a pace that is comfortable for you. You define your goals and she helps you reach them.
I feel immensely lucky to have found Caitlin. If you want to learn the flute, or improve your skills, then Caitlin can certainly help you.
-Mary (current student)
As a flute studio, we'll also have fun with:
Studio recitals at least twice a year - this is your time to shine and show your flute peers what you've been working on!
Flute- and music-themed research projects and studio classes - you get to discover all kinds of mesmerizing topics and share them/learn about them during a flute studio hangout!
You can even add on chamber ensemble coachings with me or book piano accompaniment rehearsals to complement your flute lessons!
"I'm sold! How do I sign up?"
I will reply to you ASAP with my Studio Handbook, detailing everything you need to know about studying with me.
Once you've read through the Handbook, we'll schedule a free 30-minute trial lesson to get to know each other better and confirm we're a good fit!