Jecca offers flute lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. If you are just starting out, returning after years away, or getting ready for college auditions, Jecca's approach to teaching is suited for all. By approaching flute performance from both holistic and detailed paths, students learn how to break down each aspect of flute playing into manageable ideas and then how to recombine those ideas to create sound clarity and technical excellence. Jecca offers lessons at her studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and in-home for students living in Brooklyn or Manhattan.


Thoughts on Flute Playing

Breathing:
There is a misconception that breathing doesn't need to be taught... everyone already knows how to breath! However, the technique of "flute-breathing" is very different from the breaths we all take thousands of times everyday. The muscles surrounding your rib-cage and abdomen need to learn how to expand past their normal limits to allow you to take truly deep breaths, which allow you to sustain a note or line without gasping at the end. It's very similar to weight-lifting at the gym – you can't expect to lift a 50 pound weight the first time you try – you have to train the muscles to work for you.

Sound Clarity:
Flutists work on the quality of their sound more than just about anything else. The number one biggest problem I see in students with fuzzy or unfocused sounds is their tongues. The tongue is such an easy aspect of flute playing to forget about – but for every note, the air you produce needs to get around the tongue! It plays a very important role. Generally, the tongue needs to stay out of the way... sitting in the bottom of the mouth – just considering the tongue placement in the mouth often improves a student's sound 100%. Then a player can learn how the tongue can be contorted to slightly alter the quality of the sound.

Posture
How a flutist stands affects every aspect of their playing. Learning how to keep tension from creeping into the arms and shoulders while playing is an important challenge to face. Incorporating the principles of Alexander Technique into lessons can help students become more aware of their bodies.

Fingers
The first step to excellent technique is correct hand position. Once the fingers are able to move freely and comfortably, the real work can begin. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to perfect technique. The connection between the brain and the fingers can only be perfected through repetition.