Private Flute Lessons

Jill Dreeben teaches flute at Brandeis University. She also teaches flute and coaches chamber music in her home studio in Arlington, MA. She has been giving private lessons for the past 26 years; at the Brookline Music School (1987 – 2004), at home since 1992 and in the Arlington Public Schools since 1997.

Jill welcomes students of all ages and levels of proficiency. Her students perform in an annual, low pressure recital. They are also encouraged and helped to play with others in small chamber groups if they are interested.

Testimonials

"(As a chamber instructor), Jill is sensitive, understanding and creative. Working with her has been rewarding and her methods have increased the value and pleasure of practice."

~ Shep Holcomb


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2014-03-27T15:32:28+00:00
"(As a chamber instructor), Jill is sensitive, understanding and creative. Working with her has been rewarding and her methods have increased the value and pleasure of practice." ~ Shep Holcomb ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~
"I took flute lessons as a kid from 4th to 12th grade, did some folk jamming for a few years, then played less and less often over the next three decades. I started lessons with Jill last year so I could confidently jam with friends. Until my lessons with Jill I hadn't realized how little I'd learned as a kid about actually playing the flute: proper hand and finger positions, breathing, and how to use one's body to make playing easier. I wish I'd known all this years ago.

"Jill offers me multiple creative suggestions on alternate ways to attack difficult passages, which helps me through my adult-sized "I should know how to do this!" frustration. We also play duets as part of my lessons, which gives me regular practice playing with someone. Finally, Jill is flexible in working around my travel schedule. My flute playing has improved drastically since I started lessons with Jill."

~ Dana Cooperson


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2014-03-27T15:34:00+00:00
"I took flute lessons as a kid from 4th to 12th grade, did some folk jamming for a few years, then played less and less often over the next three decades. I started lessons with Jill last year so I could confidently jam with friends. Until my lessons with Jill I hadn't realized how little I'd learned as a kid about actually playing the flute: proper hand and finger positions, breathing, and how to use one's body to make playing easier. I wish I'd known all this years ago. "Jill offers me multiple creative suggestions on alternate ways to attack difficult passages, which helps me through my adult-sized "I should know how to do this!" frustration. We also play duets as part of my lessons, which gives me regular practice playing with someone. Finally, Jill is flexible in working around my travel schedule. My flute playing has improved drastically since I started lessons with Jill." ~ Dana Cooperson ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~
“As an adult, I was hesitant to take lessons after many years of not playing. Jill allayed my fears and worked patiently with me on theory, technique, and just how to enjoy playing the flute again.”

~ Stephanie Franzosa


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2014-03-28T15:59:30+00:00
“As an adult, I was hesitant to take lessons after many years of not playing. Jill allayed my fears and worked patiently with me on theory, technique, and just how to enjoy playing the flute again.” ~ Stephanie Franzosa ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~
"I took up the flute as an adult and had many different teachers over the first 20 or so years that I took lessons. While I enjoyed playing music with other people, I was never happy with the way I sounded. I figured that either I had limited abilities or I had chosen the wrong instrument. Then, I started lessons with Jill. Now, 4 ½ years later, I am making steady progress and I feel a lot better about my playing.

"Jill has been a wonderful teacher for me. She sets high standards, but she has prodded me forwarded ever so gently, and she is supportive during setbacks. She is also the first teacher I ever had who could demystify the mechanics of producing a good sound. If ever there was a great example of the difference a teacher could make, this is it!"


~ Ellen Isenstein


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2014-03-28T16:00:15+00:00
"I took up the flute as an adult and had many different teachers over the first 20 or so years that I took lessons. While I enjoyed playing music with other people, I was never happy with the way I sounded. I figured that either I had limited abilities or I had chosen the wrong instrument. Then, I started lessons with Jill. Now, 4 ½ years later, I am making steady progress and I feel a lot better about my playing. "Jill has been a wonderful teacher for me. She sets high standards, but she has prodded me forwarded ever so gently, and she is supportive during setbacks. She is also the first teacher I ever had who could demystify the mechanics of producing a good sound. If ever there was a great example of the difference a teacher could make, this is it!" ~ Ellen Isenstein ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~
"....Thank you so much for these past 9 years teaching me. You taught me to truly enjoy playing music...."

~ A.F.


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2014-06-20T09:51:00+00:00
"....Thank you so much for these past 9 years teaching me. You taught me to truly enjoy playing music...." ~ A.F. ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~   ~

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