Claire - Teacher #3404

- Flute
- Piccolo
- Recorder

- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege
- Suzuki

- English
- French

Teaching Philosophy

With my extensive training, I am committed to helping my students achieve their personal goals by incorporating a nurturing, exciting, and encouraging environment for them to develop endurance, agency, and sensitivity, and tap into their musical identity! Each lesson will be perfectly tailored to the student’s learning style, age, and level, everybody is unique. I follow the Suzuki Method in my studio while enabling cultural responsiveness, and accessibility, and giving space for students to explore. All while developing a very good ear! I follow this philosophy in order to reinforce a student’s individuality, empower, inspire, and build meaningful and long-lasting connections to music.

I believe that everyone should have the option and access to music education. In most cases. Children and families should have access to music education because of the social-emotional benefits -- group music-making, the positive effect on school attendance and performance -- and the rigor of practice on their instrument, to name a few. The curriculum built into music learning and appreciation can give students a more diverse skillset for a successful trajectory in life, whatever they may define that as.

Musical Education

I began studying the flute privately at the age of 2 years old using the Suzuki Music Method. The Suzuki Method has the belief that musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability that can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited. During that time I spent years playing in youth orchestras, and chamber groups and performing in a diverse range of other ensembles! I attended McGill University and received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, I received a graduate diploma from the Université de Montreal and obtained a Masters in Music Education from the Longy School of Music. I was also a member of the 2021 Global Leaders Program Cohort where I received my graduate certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Cultural Agency, Innovation Development, Business Management, Design Thinking & Education Leadership. I am a professionally trained Suzuki Flute Teacher and specialized in culturally responsive and socially relevant music education in my Masters Degree. I have studied with some of the world's renowned flutists such as Timothy Hutchins, Denis Bluteau, Carolyn Christie, William Bennett, Joanna G'froerer, and James Galway. I have performed with orchestras all over Canada such as the Symphony New Brunswick and the Tutta Musica Orchestra and participated in festivals such as Lunenburg Harbour Folk Festival, Pender Island Flute Retreat, Galway Summer Flute Festival, Festival de Musique Chambre Lac Baker, and Orford Music Festival. I have had my own flute studio for 8 years and teach students from ages 2-70. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to work with incredible community music programs such as the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Sistema New Brunswick, and Orkidstra (The Leading Note Foundation).

Awards and Distinctions

- MID Career Development Grant, Music NB 2022
- Hildegard Behrens Global Impact Award for Sector Innovation, GLP 2022
- Longy Music Entrance Award, 2021
- Outstanding Achievement in Flute Performance, Schulich School of Music 2019
- Schulich Enriched Educational Opportunity Grant, 2018
- McGill Music Department Entrance Scholarship, 2016

Special Skills and Training

I spent my early childhood years watching my mother teach the flute to her students in our own home and I have wonderful memories of her connecting with her students that inspired me to also become a music teacher. My training began primarily with the Suzuki Method as a student but then I went on to become a Suzuki Teacher myself. I received my Every Child Can Training, and Books 1-3. I took private lessons for 18 years with a variety of skilled educators and flutists that provided me with the insight of different schools of teaching the flute that I am now able to transfer to my students today! I also specialized in early childhood and culturally responsive and socially relevant music education in my Masters which helps inform my practice as an educator as well. I have worked in a variety of different education settings such as music for social change in group class settings at Sistema NB, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Orkidstra, conducting wind ensembles and full orchestras, teaching flute inside schools, and of course, teaching private lessons at my home studio! These experiences have enriched my life and transformed me into the teacher I am today!


30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00

There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable

NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher


1. Cancellation Policy

Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.

2. Cessation (quitting) Policy

A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.

3. Illness Policy

Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.

BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.

No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.

4. Rescheduling Policy

Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.

Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy

Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.

It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.

5. Evaluation Period

There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).