“A successful teacher not only teaches an instrument, but also teaches musicianship, confidence, and respect. “
Lucie’s teaching began back in the 1980’s Toronto, while completing her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at the University of Toronto. Lucie studied with Jeanne Baxtresser for three years and Nora Shulman for one year, both phenomenal performers, teachers and strong influences on Lucie’s own teaching philosophy.
Since 2007, Lucie has been teaching at Mount Royal University Conservatory. Lucie’s very busy studio at the MRU Conservatory provides a positive place for students of all ages and abilities, to develop strong flute playing skills and as importantly, develop a lifelong love of music. Lucie is also a much sought after clinician and adjudicator
“I revisited the flute after a 36-year absence and as a private student and Chamber Flute Member I can attest that Lucie doesn't just teach her students 'how to play the flute', preferably she teaches them how to create music. Her passion, patience, intuitive musical creativity and commitment to teaching is what sets her apart. As a Flutist her ability to translate a phrase of notes on a page into a breath-taking and emotional musical narrative is incomparable. I am truly fortunate to have found her on my own musical journey.”
Andrea Seufert, BSc MSc MD CCFP.
“Lucie is both an amazing performer and educator. Besides learning great techniques, I also learned to see beyond the musical symbols from her lessons. She helped me in discovering ways to add emotions my own interpretation of the music in my playing. It was an honour learning and working with her.”
Violet Jiang, University of Toronto graduate student.
The teacher/student relationship should be one of mutual respect, with open and honest communication, where realistic goals can be set. A positive attitude coupled with clear expectations and goals, makes for a successful teacher/student relationship – a relationship that inspires students to reach their fullest potential.
Knowing your way around the flute - understanding its idiosyncrasies - is only one step towards becoming a better musician. I like to expose my students to a variety of musical influences and challenges designed to play off their strengths, while also addressing their weaknesses to foster confidence, musicality, musicianship and technical proficiency.
An integral part of music is performance. Frequent positive performance experiences form the building blocks of successful musicians, providing ample opportunity to work on overcoming the sometimes paralyzing affects of performance anxiety. Successful techniques from the world of sports, such as visualization and centering, are very effective at promoting psychological preparedness, and helping the student to become a more confident and focused performer.
My experience as an orchestral player and solo/chamber performer has given me a solid understanding of what it takes to be a successful and respected musician. In addition to teaching the mechanics and repertoire of the flute, teaching must convey all the aspects necessary to succeed as a professional musician.
I have always enjoyed teaching the flute to students of all ages and levels, in private and group settings. I love inspiring my students and in turn being inspired by them. Music requires inspiration, exposure to great performances, and positive teaching for motivation.