I am a Korean/Canadian flute player currently living in Oxford. My musical journey began with piano lessons from a very young age, as well as school lessons in recorder, the Korean flute 'Danso' and the melodica! Moving to Canada at the age of 12 prompted me to pick up the flute in order to join in on the wind band style music lessons. Since then the flute has taken me across the oceans!
I gained a BMus (Hons) in Flute Performance at theUniversity of Western Ontario in Canada under the tutelage of Kathleen Rudolph. I then came over to the UK to do my Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in music at the Royal Northern College of Musicin Manchester where some of my teachers included Richard Davis, Linda Verrier, Michael Cox, Anders Lunjars-Chapelon, Joanne Boddington, and Pat Morris. I have since then studied the baroque flute with Stephen Preston as well. My interest in teaching also led me to the PGCE course at theInstitute of Education. I hold Grade 8 Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada.
Although my love affair with the flute started with classical music and my training focused on classical and orchestral music, my musical taste is very broad. I seem to have an affinity for all things Brazilian, and this has inspired me to join the London samba band Rhythms of the City. I am always trying to broaden my knowledge of different genres of music and learn new things.
My Teaching Ethos
Teaching has enriched my life immensely and I have learnt so much from it. Whilst I try to tailor my teaching style to suit each individualstudent, I believe that all sound comes from good posture and effective use of your energy, and that this forms the foundation for all music making.
I also believe in a holistic way of learning, combining theory and aural training from the earliest stages. Performing also plays an important part in your musical development, and I will endeavour to create performing opportunities for those students who wish to participate.
Finally, music is meant to be made with other people. You learn so much about keeping time, sight reading, and playing in tune by playing together and it's more fun! That is why I try to play duets or piano accompaniment in every lesson. It is my long term goal to get a flute choir of some sort going in Oxford!