Andrea La Rose

Andrea La Rose

FluteandComposition/songwritingandRecorderandUkuleleandBeginning bandteacher

About Andrea La Rose (me)
  • What I teach Flute, Composition/songwriting, Recorder, Ukulele, Beginning band
  • Instructions inGerman, English
  • Native languageEnglish
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Group teachingyes
  • Online teachingyes
Where I teach
  • LocationPrague
  • Preferred settingTo be agreed
  • Do I commute?yes
I live in Prague 7 but am willing to travel.
Rates
  • 45 minutes-
  • 60 minutes1000 CZK
  • 90 minutes-
  • 120 minutes-
  • Free trialYes
Half-hour lessons at 500Kč are also possible, particularly for students under 10. Group lesson rates are divided among the participants, e.g., a group of two taking a half-hour lesson would pay 250Kč each.
I believe everyone can make music (compose, improvise, interpret) and attain a level of competency that enables them to connect with themselves and others. While I value virtuosity, I recognize that there is plenty of satisfying music-making to be made on the journey there (and it’s okay if we never make it to virtuosity).

This is how I make that belief come true:
• I help you become an independent learner: I help you understand how to evaluate yourself. I can describe what you should listen for, what it should look like, and how it should feel, so that you know when you are successful.
• I systematically pinpoint problem areas and solve them with manageable steps.
• I am positive, patient, and fun. I am just picky enough so that you improve, but not so much that you feel discouraged.
• I am open-minded and like to learn about what moves you musically.

My favorite part about teaching is when students get excited about what they are able to accomplish and when they feel empowered by music.

Qualifications:
I’ve been playing flute (transverse) for over 40 years. Presently, I perform new music, klezmer, and free improvisation. I am familiar with a variety of styles and am happy to work on the kinds of music that interest you. I have taught privately since 1997.

Ukulele is my (not-so-)secret love and I have been playing it for over 15 years. I enjoy playing it in mostly casual music situations. I teach beginning ukulele and songwriting together — first we learn to play a song, then we write a new melody and lyrics over that song’s chords. I have a blog based around my teaching that focuses on two-chord songs: http://two-chords.tumblr.com

I studied music education at university, focusing on beginning band. Then I went on to earn master’s and doctorate degrees in composition. I have taught pre-K to college level, from children’s songs and games, to composition, to music history.

My teaching experience

  • My education DMA Composition, CUNY MM Composition, Boston Conservatory B MusEd, University of Massachusetts
  • Experience5+ years
  • References Conducted Improvisation, Prague. 2019-present. Ukulele & songwriting, Prague. 2015-present. Teaching Artist with Akademie-der-Steg, Nürnberg. 2014. Faculty, music at Franconian International School, Erlangen Germany. 2009-2015. Teaching Artist, Brooklyn International High School, Brooklyn NY. 2007 – 2008. Teaching Fellowship, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY. 2002 – 2004. References available upon request.
  • Certification• Klezmer Workshop with Amit Weisberger and Bob Cohen. 2018. • Klezmer Workshop with Amit Weisberger. 2017. • Understanding by Design online course via ASCD. 2015. • Coburg Samba Festival, percussion workshops in Rio-style and Samba Reggae. 2013, 2014. • CIS/NEASC Accreditation workshop. 2014. • Other Music Academy, improvisation workshop: small-group improv (Present Time Composition) with Alan Bern, large-group conducted improv (Conduction, Percusión con Señas) with Marcelo Moguilevsky. 2012, 2013. • Dutch Impro Academy, improvisation workshop with Han Bennink, Anne La Berge, Oscar Jan Hoogland, Carl-Ludwig Hübsch, and Michael Moore. 2012. • Fürth Klezmer Festival, beginner workshop, 2012. • BGSU New Music Festival, guest composer, 2011. • SFOrff, Orff Level I certification, 2010. • Atlantic Center for the Arts, Associate Artist with Kyle Gann, 2007. • Music X at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Composition Fellow, 1998. • Master Class with flutist Robert Dick, 1998.

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