What I Offer
You have a few options for one on one lessons:
45 or 60 minute lessons
In-person lessons available in Broomfield, CO (just a short drive from both Denver and Boulder)
Online lessons available for out of area students
Lessons are available to:
Brand new beginners, ages 5 and up
Middle school students who participate in a band/orchestra program
High schoolers working to improve their playing
High schoolers preparing to audition for college music programs
Homeschoolers looking for a fun activity to supplement learning (with or without band program participation)
Adult amateurs looking to improve their playing and/or have more playing opportunities
Interested in seeing if we would be a good fit for private lessons? All new students are eligible for a free initial lesson to meet, get to know each other, and see if we're a great match.
There are TWO openings in the studio beginning on September 1st, 2023.
Perfect for brand new beginners, advanced players, or adult learners.
Snag your spot now.
By taking private lessons,
Improve your tone, technique, breathing, and articulation so you can sound stunning
Set clear goals and work hard to meet them
Gain audition and performance skills so you can play with confidence
Learn all of my practicing tips and tricks to finally enjoy practicing
Perform (and have tons of fun) in studio recitals and community events with other flute players
Participate in studio workshops and mock auditions
Hang out at studio events that are just for fun -- no fluting necessary (yep! We'll get together just to stay connected and have some fun)
Get to love on my two sweet kitties who LOVE meeting my students
My daughter is taking one on one classes right now. Every Sunday morning she can’t wait to join the class. Ms. Shelby is so nice and patient for the beginner and my daughter is getting more confident in her playing.
— Sheila, Online Studio Parent
Why should I take lessons with Shelby?
The moment students enter my studio, they're on track to becoming confident, joyful flutists with a life-long love of flute playing. I'm here to guide my students to whatever success means to them -- and push them when they need it. My studio is a safe place where mistakes are welcome and students don't have to carry the weight of perfectionism (who needs it anyway?)
Private lessons in my studio allow my students to achieve their goals quickly and joyfully with the guidance of an experienced flutist and teacher. I've worked with incredible teachers and students alike and have fine tuned my teaching to meet students right where they are, while giving them all of the tips and tricks I've learned along the way.
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My Teaching Philosophy
I believe everyone is capable of greatness on their own terms. Real success happens when perfectionism and comparison are thrown out the window. When mistakes and failure are welcomed into the room, we are able to become our best selves – as flutists and as people. My role as a teacher is to encourage my students to define success for themselves in a way that is unique to them – even if that looks different than the people around them.
I offer my students the chance to celebrate every experience along the way – not just the ones that look pretty on paper. My teaching technique draws on my experience as a performer, flute lesson teacher, and elementary music classroom teacher. Whether I’m teaching little ones or prepping high schoolers for college auditions, my goal is to meet students right where they are and guide them toward their goals without allowing perfectionism and comparison to creep in.
Without the internal chatter of what they should do, students are able to achieve big and small goals on their own terms with the guidance of someone who has really been there themselves. By working with each student one on one, I am able to help them learn how to practice efficiently and joyfully, choose short-term and long-term goals that fit their needs, and hold students accountable for their growth. Each lesson in my studio includes elements of fundamental skills, various repertoire, and self-evaluation by the student.
In my studio, students
perform (and have tons of fun) in studio recitals and community events with other flute players who are just like them
participate in studio workshops and mock auditions
hang out at studio events that are just for fun -- no fluting necessary (yep! we'll get together just to stay connected and have some fun)
and so much more.
I expect students to come to lessons with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn and change. My studio is a place for students to grow on their own terms while being held accountable by an experienced player. I’ve created a space where mistakes are welcome and failure is a part of the journey. I’ll be there to celebrate milestones with just as much enthusiasm as reflecting on pitfalls throughout my students’ flute experience. Perfectionism, comparison, and judgement are left outside and students have the room to approach the flute with joy and confidence.
Need more information? Check out these frequently asked questions:
"What payment options are available?"
You will receive a monthly invoice at the beginning of the month. Payment is available via cash, check, credit, debit, or bank transfer.
"Can we take bi-weekly lessons instead of weekly?"
Bi-weekly lessons may be available upon request in the event that another student is also interested or currently taking bi-weekly lessons (you will alternate with that student every other week). Bi-weekly lessons are generally not recommended, since you or your child will have less instructional time and consistency.
"Are makeup lessons available if I have to cancel?"
If lessons are cancelled 24-hours in advance, students will have the option to makeup their lesson on a make-up day later in the semester (see studio calendar) a maximum of 2 times per semester.
"What should I (or my student) bring to their first lesson?"
You'll receive an email and text reminders prior to your first lesson. A good starting place is to bring your flute, any music you are currently working on, a pencil, a notebook, and a tuner.
Do you have additional questions?
I serve students in Broomfield, Thornton, Westminster, and Denver! (See below)
My studio is roughly a 26 minute drive from downtown Denver.