So, among the recommended teachers my one flute teacher suggested was the flute professor at U of I. I am so grateful that she suggested that I apply there. Applying there the first time opened the door for me to study with the flute professor there. I am so grateful that I had this opportunity to study with the flute professor there. I learned so much from this professor, so much about so many things. I learned many things about the flute, about music (specifically orchestral excerpts…like not to blow holes in his office 😉 ), about schools, but about other things too. I learned so many things about myself by studying with this professor.
He was the first teacher I ever had who would never take “I’ll try” as an answer. If he asked me: can you play this with a better tone? My response began as: I’ll try. His response would be: “No, you’ll do it.” Eventually, I heard that enough that when he began to ask: “Can you play this faster?” I would say: “Yes.” Even if I didn’t play something as well as I had hoped to play it, at least I had done my best, played with confidence, and showed that I could do something (even if only to myself). Even now, when someone asks me a question about if I can do something, I don’t respond with “I’ll try”, I respond with “Yes, I can”.
There are teachers who come into your life and teach you not only about their “subject”, but also about life and who you are as a person. I was very lucky to have this teacher who taught me about both and continues to do so, since I still take lessons with him whenever I can. Thank you! I look forward to seeing you soon! 🙂