One of the great advantages of private flute lessons is the ability it gives students to play better, stronger, and more confidently. These perks really put students forward during band chair tests! Most of my students do occupy the first chairs in their bands. A recent addition to these ranks is Marissa E., who is a 7th grader at her middle school. Marissa has studied with me since she began band in 2013. Her skill has steadily improved ever since, and now she is at the top of her class!
While sitting First Chair is a great accomplishment, it is not the only goal or the end goal. I'm a lot more interested in a student's personal development along the way, and his/her ability to play beautifully. Flute playing should be enjoyable and low-stress most of the time! Private lessons teach students how to accomplish more in less time, which places them ahead of their peers, but they also receive training in overcoming performance anxiety, technique, and tone studies, all of which help them perform better, more consistently.
Congratulations, Marissa, and may you enjoy a lifetime of music making!