Rebecca Hovan has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a teacher and performer for over 35 years. She was the flutist for the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for its final two seasons until the tour closed in July 2016. Previously, Rebecca was the Flute Instructor at IU South Bend and Goshen College and in her private studio. She is a member of the National Flute Association and has served the organization in several prominent leadership roles. Rebecca is a published author of instructional flute method books and her original arrangements of music for a variety of instrumental combinations including selections from her first CD, A Silver Christmas. Rebecca has appeared in recital as a soloist and with various ensembles and presented numerous workshops and clinics at colleges and universities, professional conferences, and flute festivals throughout the United States. Her training includes a Master of Music from the University of North Texas where she was a Teaching Fellow in Flute and studied with Mary Karen Clardy. www.noteworthyflute.com
I have worked with students at all levels from beginners, to graduate-level college students, to adult amateurs studying the flute for the first time or returning to playing after setting it aside for a time. I feel that my role as a teacher provides an incredible opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of those who come into my studio. For this reason, I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement and encouragement while maintaining high standards. I would never want a student to dread, or even fear, coming to a lesson because he/she is worried about how I will react. When a student plays a prepared assignment for me, I always try to find something positive to say first, no matter how difficult it might be, before I offer critique on what was not good. Frequently, I will ask students to offer a self-critique before I say anything. But, I always ask them to tell me what they did well first before telling me what they didn't do well.
One of my greatest joys in the studio is teaching musicianship and interpretation — helping students learn to go beyond the notes to create musically satisfying performances. I get them involved in the interpretive process right away in anticipation of the day when they no longer have a teacher to depend on. We work together to discover the music beyond the printed page, and I allow them to help make the decisions, gently guiding them if I feel they are on the wrong track. As students get more adept at interpretation, my role gradually shifts from teacher to coach.
Finally, aside from my primary role as teacher, I feel that it is important for me to mentor students in life issues, guiding them to make good choices, and helping them learn how to achieve balance in their lives so they can be successful, well-rounded people who happen to be flutists. I truly care about my students and their well-being, so I try to connect with them on a personal level by inquiring about their interests outside of flute playing, their families, and about life in general; however, I am very careful to maintain a professional relationship with every student. Regardless of a student's level of talent, the reason for studying, or the rate of improvement, I value my students for who they are and treat them with respect.
Fee: $22/half hour