I’m Shelby, and I LOVE working with eager young flutists who are ready to achieve ALL of their flutey goals with the help of a cheerleader and experienced flute player. I give my students the tools to practice with joy and intention, while sprinkling in a challenge when it’s needed. My students knock their goals out of the park (big and small) without feeling the weight of perfectionism and comparison to other players. I'm passionate about providing high quality private instruction that is accessible and inclusive to all learners.
Teaching brand new beginners as young as 5 years old
Helping intermediate players build confidence and build on what they know
Introducing new ideas and repertoire to advanced students
Experiencing the journey of college auditions and competition prep with my students
Helping my students become thriving little flutists!
After several years of teaching flutists in private lessons, sectionals, and workshops, and studying and performing with some fabulous flute players, I’ve noticed that the moment students take ownership of their learning and become the boss, THAT’S the moment they reach success: i.e. get into all state and honor bands, get a distinguished rating at solo/ensemble, finally get that higher chair placement, etc. They just need an experienced player to unlock the confidence they need, combined with the nitty gritty: great tone, technique, vibrato, phrasing, and more.
I have played in masterclasses with some of the BEST flutists around, been a finalist in competitions, taught flute workshops, and perform professionally - and I can’t wait to share everything I’ve learned about playing freely and confidently with YOU (or your kiddo who is so eager to get started).
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Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Shelby Anderson is a Broomfield based flutist and teacher. Shelby earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University and is a first year Masters student at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she serves as the flute studio's Graduate Teaching Assistant. Shelby currently studies with Christina Jennings and her former teachers include Jennifer Cooper, Heather Small, and Chelsea Tanner.
Shelby was a finalist in the Gallaher Music Scholarship Competition and was the Third Prize Winner in the Flute Society of Kentucky Collegiate Artist Competition in 2018. She was selected as an alternate for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Whistler Summer Institute and the Mid South Masterclass Competition. Shelby has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists, including Colleen White, Chelsea Tanner, Eva Amsler, Soo-Kyung Park and Karen McLaughlin Large.
Shelby is a KinderFlute trained teacher and is passionate about providing exceptional private music instruction to her students and making music education accessible and equitable. Shelby holds a Kentucky P-12 Instrumental Music Teaching Certification.
Outside of teaching, Shelby enjoys spending time with her husband, Desmond and their two cats, Grippo and Spinach.
"Shelby has helped me grow and become a better flute player. I was not very confident in my playing abilities, but one on one instruction with Shelby made such a difference. I am now first chair in band and section leader. Part of that success is a direct result of private lessons with Shelby."
Sarah, Middle School Student
"Shelby always helped me and encouraged me in my lessons. She made learning fun and made me love the flute even more. Shelby really helped me prepare for college music. Every week she would assign work that pushed me. Not only did she help me grow as a flute player and love music but she helped me grow as a person."
Olivia, Studio Alumni
"Ms Shelby has been a blessing for my daughter. She is an excellent teacher and person. I highly recommend her!!"