Alyssa Breid
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Philosophy

As a committed music educator and performer, I believe in the importance of developing a well-rounded, multi-faceted musician. In my teaching, the importance of solid fundamentals for all levels of flutists is essential. Without a strong foundation, artistry cannot be displayed to its full effect. Through the use of innovative techniques and exercises I aim to help a student develop these basics, not necessarily through monotonous repetition but through the most effective and efficient use of the student’s time.

I also believe in the importance of developing the full artist from the inside out. I strive to nurture individual creativity and expression with the understanding that each student has his or her own voice and unique purpose with the instrument. I am also a strong advocate of complete body awareness: how the entire body aids in the process of creating the ideal sound and how best to use the body in order to avoid pain and unnecessary tensions. I help students develop techniques to deal with the stresses and pressures of a career in music as well as performance anxiety for any level.

Repertoire selection is also very important in the development of an artist. I strive to tailor repertoire choice to the student’s abilities and to challenge his or her weaknesses. Placing attainable challenges constantly in front of a student allows for optimal positive growth. Learning through example and in   collaborative settings helps the student’s ears to develop and builds lifelong collaborative skills applicable to any field. Group lessons are also another option for synergistic learning.

Experience

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 I currently teach privately in the DMV area. Previous positions include Teaching Artist at the Omaha Conservatory and Adjunct Faculty at the College of St. Mary. Current students have won positions in All-State Marching Band, All-State Band, SWIBA, superiors in solo and ensemble, acceptance into local youth orchestras, and placement in top school bands.

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Availability

I am available for private lessons (including Skype lessons), sectionals, masterclasses, and performances.

 

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Masterclasses

Alyssa’s commitment to education has led to a series of masterclasses devoted to helping students of all ages improve their musicianship and technical skills. Please contact me to book a class or if you would like to have a class on a slightly different topic. Recitals are also available with a masterclass.
Masterclass topics include:

 
 

Ensemble Sectionals

Whether it's band, orchestra, or chamber ensembles, I use my extensive and broad ensemble experience to help students improve their skills playing within their sections. Students are given tools to improve techniques on tuning, balance, rhythm, cueing, and team work to achieve the best results possible.

 

Looking beyond the notes


This class is devoted to bringing going past the notes on a page to fully develop musical meaning and how to effectively convey that to an audience. In this class I push the students' imaginations by helping them understand how to translate ideas into an effective musical language.

 

The Art of Practicing

In the Art of Practicing, I guide your students through a series of ideas that will revolutionize the way they practice and will maximize results. This high energy masterclass shows how goal oriented practicing and critical listening can improve anyone’s performance in a very short amount of time. This is a must-have class for high school and college students.

 

Leave Your Fear at the Door

Do you feel that you always leave your best playing in the practice room? This masterclass will immerse your students into the mental and physical aspects of performance anxiety. Using simple practicing techniques, and exercises to strengthen both your students’ mental game as well as their physical performance.



The Business of Making Music

This class covers a wide range of topics from the impetus to start a group, to marketing and managing your musical business. This class goes in depth into the entrepreneurial side of music making, a skill that is required of a musicians today, but rarely discussed. Whether you need to understand how to present yourself on stage or how to create an effective image to attract students, presenters or audiences, this class can help you organize your ideas and execute your plan. This class is usually open to all students in the music department.

 

Chamber Music Masterclass

This class is designed to guide students with both basic and advanced techniques a chamber music setting. Using demonstration and explanation, I show students how to become more expressive, efficient musicians and the importance of applying these skills to larger ensembles.

Flute Masterclass

Flute students get individual attention, but in a sectional setting. I will give students proven techniques and solutions to common challenges related to each instrument.