Rachael B.

Rachael B.

I am an educator who likes to tailor my lessons for the student as an individual

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Flute Lessons

Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate

The Process of Learning Music Must Be an Enjoyable Partnership

I teach Classical flute from beginner through AEMB exams. I also specialise in World Music: Klezmer, Yiddish and Folk.

Lessons are tailored to the individual and their specific learning needs. Lessons are structured around the students strengths and areas which require more work.

Lessons must be fun, especially during Lockdown where music becomes an important part of managing the psychological stress of isolation. Music is to be enjoyed.

Special Needs lessons are NDIS rebatable and I mainly teach ASD students. Lessons are targeted to areas of interest, allowances made for sensory issues and parental involvement is a part of the Program.

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About

  • Female

  • Teaching since February 1990

  • Teaches special needs

  • Working with children check

  • Teaches students aged 8+

I have worked as an educator for 25 years and understand the need to tailor a teaching approach to the individual student. During this difficult Covid lockdown I have developed successful methods to maximise online learning, as well as ensuring the student uses their music as an enjoyable positive psychological strategy to counter isolation.

I am a believer that learning music should be fun, especially in the younger years and students enjoy my comedy to engage them.

Growing up studying and performing as a classical flutist I was influenced by the professional musicians in my family. Moving to Melbourne in the 1990s allowed me to explore, teach and perform across many genres including klezmer, Yiddish, Israeli folk, cantorial, nigunim and Brazilian Choro.

I have an LTCL in Classical Flute (Royal Academy of Music London) and was concurrently trained by Professor Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland to BMus level, with post graduate training by Peter Sheridan at Monash University.

I am experienced in preparing Flute students for AMEB exams. Recorder lessons transitioning to the flute are also offered for younger children.

I also specialise in teaching Special Needs Students. LESSONS ARE NDIS REBATABLE.

I have a specialisation in instrumental teaching of children with special needs, mainly those with High Functioning Autism Spectrum and Aspergers. I am a published author in the field and has lived experience in the area. SENSORY BREAKS ARE OFFERED AS WELL AS WORKING AROUND THE CHILD’S CURRENT INTEREST BY WRITING AND MODIFYING MUSIC. Parental engagement is essential to the process. I have found this approach to be an effective and successful pathway into inclusive musical learning.

Publications: (USA, Australia and Japan)
Playing It Right! Social Skills Activities for Parents and Teachers of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Including Asperger Syndrome and Autism. AAPC 2006, Kansas. Paperback – February 8, 2006

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