Weronika Balewski Music Studio

Flute and Piano Lessons

Welcome to my studio! Learning a musical instrument is a wonderful, exciting, challenging journey. I am excited to share it with you.

I am now accepting students in the Boston area and on online through Skype.

Weekly Lesson

Our weekly lesson is the heart of our work together.

Performances

Studio recitals and concerts giving back to our communities.

Expectations

Setting expectations for practicing, materials, and preparation.

Skype Lessons

I offer online video lessons.

Group Classes

Chamber music, ensemble skills, and technique fundamentals.

Scholarships

Need-based scholarships available - please ask!

Our Weekly Lesson

Our weekly lesson is the heart of our work together. It is my privilege to help each student grow on their own unique path as a musician and human being. Whether the student is 5, 10, 15, 25, or 55, I address the following foundational principles:

Flute

 

  • Tone ~ beauty of sound, resonance, flexibility, intonation, vibrato

  • Technique ~ scales, arpeggios, finger patterns, articulation, dynamics

  • Expression ~ phrasing, interpretation, communication

  • Performance ~ connecting with the audience, public speaking, anxiety/nerves

  • Practicing ~ time management; physical, mental, and emotional aspects

Piano

  • Tone ~ beauty of sound, dynamic range

  • Technique ~ scales, arpeggios, finger patterns, articulation

  • Expression ~ phrasing, interpretation, communication

  • Performance ~ connecting with the audience, public speaking, anxiety/nerves

  • Practicing ~ time management; physical, mental, and emotional aspects


 

Expectations for the Weekly Lesson

 

Both teacher and student must be prepared for each lesson. This means:


 

Expectations for Practicing and Materials

 

Students are expected to practice 5 days a week for the length of their weekly lesson. (For example, students with a 45 min lesson will practice for 45 minutes, 5 days a week.) Either I or the student will write down the weekly practicing assignment. We will apply practice strategies and accountability ideas in your lesson.

 

It is important to me that we discuss these questions when we set expectations for practicing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

Students must have a working flute or piano for each lesson. I can recommend repair and maintenance services for your instrument. Students can expect to periodically purchase books and materials as part of their studies. These include sheet music, a tuner, and metronome (or equivalent phone apps).

 

Group Classes / Masterclasses

 

Group classes are built into our studio calendar. For ensemble class, we will work on chamber music and instrument fundamentals. I will let you know what to prepare during your weekly lesson. For masterclass, students will play for me and the other students, and have a short lesson while the other students listen.

 

I will send group class dates, times, and location as I finalize the details for each class. I try to schedule classes to work with student schedules and sometimes invite guest teachers to widen students' experiences.

 

Studio Recitals and Other Performances

 

When we perform, we share the music we have been working on with each other and with our friends and families. Recitals can take various formats and will be held in different venues.

This year we will decide which kinds of studio recitals to have based on student interest. One will take place in December and the second will take place in June. I will send dates, times, and location at the beginning of October or the beginning of April.

 

There may be additional opportunities to play in other concerts and masterclasses. Students who are ready will be invited to perform.  

 

Skype Lessons

 

For students who are unable to come to my studio for weekly lessons, I offer a combination of weekly Skype lessons and occasional in-person lessons, group classes, masterclasses, and recitals.


 

Scholarships

 

For students with financial need, I offer a partial tuition scholarships. Students agree to complete certain number of hours of assistant work or volunteer work as part of their scholarship. Assistant work may include helping me with studio organizational tasks or helping me with research and organizational tasks in my work as a performing musician and teacher. Volunteer work can include volunteering at a local organization of your choice.

I look forward to working with you!

The Teacher

  • Has prepared material

  • Listens to the student

  • Teaches with enthusiasm

The Student

  • Has practiced

  • Is ready to learn

  • Brings materials

What are your goals this year?

Who can support you and how?