Bri Mercier, flute

Education M.M. Southern Illinois University, Orchestral Instrumental Performance  B.M. Youth Development and Music, Plymouth State University   Teaching Philosophy My goal when teaching is to help my students learn how to use music as a vessel for self expression. Music is a universal language that links us all together. My teaching style celebrates small victories while […]

Valerie Walton

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Teaching Statement The most important goal of my teaching is to help students find the joy in music in hopes that they will be able to access that throughout their lives. I work with many students, be they adults or busy students, who have full lives and music is often just one of their many activities. […]

Kyoko Hida-Battaglia

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Teaching Statement “What is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments in the orchestra? It’s the oboe!” Education B.M. from Tokyo College of Music, Master’s degree from New England Conservatory Teaching/Performance Bio Ms. Hida-Battaglia is a regular player with Boston Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire and Lexington Symphony.  She has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston […]

Elizabeth Hodges

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Teaching Statement “Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”—Shinichi Suzuki Education Plymouth State University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Music. Ms. Hodges studied piano with Dr. Carleen Graff and flute with Aubrie Dionne. She was the recipient of a Department Talent Grant for all four years, and the NH Music Teachers […]

Erin Dubois

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Teaching Statement With students of any age, I focus on creating a strong understanding of the fundamentals for their playing using both traditional methods (exercises from the great pedagogues such as Moyse, Taffanel, and Gaubert) as well as new techniques from contemporary musicians. My main goal is that through a strong foundation and a learned […]

Ryan Striker

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Teaching Statement My primary goal when teaching any level and age of student is to make the content they are learning fun and engaging. Music is a vast universe with various ways to experience it. Whether that experience is listening, performing, studying, composing, or generally talking about music, my aim is to help every student […]