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PROGRAMS & CURRICULUM 

We offer a carefully crafted cirriculum of a well-rounded classical music education that allows to fill many gaps in the music growth of a student. The structure of an Academic year is carefully thought and tested for 30 years of Yulia Berry's teaching experience. 

Besides developing fine flute skills, the students learn the fundamental concepts of music, including music theory, solfeggio, music history, learn about composers, their music and different styles, work on the rhythm development, get a valuable experience playing with a professional accompanist and in various ensembles, performing in many settings.

The dedication, enthusiasm, and experience Yulia Berry brings as a flute teacher allows her students to concentrate on more than just playing an instrument. Nurturing responsibility, encouraging patience and kindness, instilling musical sensitivity, and developing mind and listening skills are some of the special features of her teaching philosophy.

At NEFI we focus on developing strong fundamental  flute skills, such as a diaphragm-based breathing, developing finger technique, ear training, working on tune, rich tone and vibrato. Ms.Berry has a lot of different exercises in her arsenal that will help to build these skills and draw on a variety of methods, depending on the individual interests and needs of the student.


Our programs are named after the precious materials from which the flutes are made.


GOLD PROGRAM "RISING STAR"

***This program is for all students***

LEVELS: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

30 - 45 - 60 minutes

  • Weekly private lessons (following the NEFA calendar)
  • Included in lessons: Music Theory, Music History, Music Quizzes, Rhythm Developing Games, Ensembles, Incentives
  • 2 professionally organized formal recitals (performance classes)
  • 4 piano rehearsals with a professional pianist
  • Preparation for recitals, performance management.
  • 4 theme-based group lessons, scheduled throughout the year (Music History, Theory and Ensemble classes)
  • Online lessons as makeups
  • Access to NEFI Media Center
  • All books and materials included in your tuition

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PLATINUM ACCELERATED PROGRAM "YOUNG ARTIST"

This program is for advanced dedicated students going for a Young Artist level

LEVELS: ADVANCED 

60 - 90 - 120 minutes

  • All benefits of the Gold Program "Rising Star"
  • More performance opportunities
  • Preparation for auditions and competitions
  • Additional rehearsals and work with the accompanist
  • Live online and in person masterclasses with International Flute Artists and teachers

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ROSE GOLD ONLINE PROGRAM "ZOOMING INTO THE FLUTE"

For distance students only 

LEVELS: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

30 - 45 - 60 minutes

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SILVER COACHING PROGRAM "A LA CARTE"

Adults only. A La Carte lessons, flexible schedule

LEVELS: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

60 - 90 - 120 minutes

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INTRODUCTORY PACKAGE (5 LESSONS OF 30, 45 or 60 MIN)

Sign up for 5 lessons before committing to a long term

Eligibility: for new students only, one time only.

30 - 45 - 60 minutes

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NEW ENGLAND CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE

for current students, by invitation only

LEVELS: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

45 - 60 minutes

Intermediate and advanced students receive an invitation to participate in an additional special chamber music program. It is held once a month and receives additional performance opportunities such as chamber music recitals, local events and festivals.

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FLUTE PEDAGOGY COURSE

Exclusive Invitation 

LEVEL: ADVANCED STUDENTS

A few 2-hour sessions 

This exclusive invitation-only course is tailored for advanced players.

Pedagogical Strategies: Learn effective teaching methods tailored specifically for flute instruction.

Lesson Structuring: Understand the intricacies of structuring flute lessons to maximize student learning and progress.

Interactive Sessions: Engage in hands-on activities, discussions, and demonstrations to refine your teaching abilities. Young students will be invited to participate in these interactive sessions.

Peer Collaboration: Network with fellow advanced players and exchange insights on teaching and learning strategies.

Interactive Music and Music Theory Games: Discover creative ways to engage students through interactive music and music theory games, fostering a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment.


WE WILL WORK ON:

  • Flute technique
  • Development of a beautiful, rich sound
  • Breath control with a diaphragmatic support
  • Developing controlled vibrato
  • Ear training, intonation
  • Music theory, expression marks, dynamics
  • Understanding musical phrases and forms, learning aesthetic interpretation and musical organization
  • Understanding complicated rhythms and time signatures
  • Sight reading
  • Learning effective practice strategies to maximize productivity
  • Building performance skills and overcoming performance anxiety, guidance through the entire performance preparation process, performance feedback through audio and video analysis
  • Music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary Periods
  • The importance of musicianship
  • Effective use of the musical body
  • Injury prevention (prevention of pain, tension, fatigue)
  • Correcting ANY problem with a body posture, hands and an embouchure
  • Discarding bad habits – musical, physical and mental
  • Weekly individualized feedback    

RECITALS

We have at least 2 formal recitals each year (the dates are on the NEFI calendar). All students are encouraged to participate in these programs.

Recitals are major events in our course of music study. They provide a wonderful opportunity for developing poise and confidence, as well as being an important goal for polishing repertoire to high quality. They also serve as a valuable musical experience, listening to other flutists at various levels of study. Recitals are considered performance classes, for which there is no additional tuition charged. (These are "bonus" lessons!)  

These events provide students with further incentive to practice and excel, and can have a positive effect on a student's sense of accomplishment. Recitals build confidence and reinforce the concept that good practice habits result in good flutists.

ACCOMPANIST

All students will be required to rehearse with our Accompanist and Performance Coach before a recital and every 8-10 weeks between (this applies to high intermediate and advanced students only).


SCHEDULE 

Music studies are available year round:

Academic year: September 1st through June 30th

Summer Session: July 1st through August 31st 

The Academic Year consists of:

  • 30 weeks of private instructions 
  • 4 theme-based group lessons scheduled throughout the year
  • 2 Recitals (Performance classes) 
  • 4 Piano rehearsals

For students, enrolling after the start of the Academic year, the number of lessons in the sign up month will be prorated and a regular flat monthly payment will be scheduled, starting the following month.

Summer session- 4 Summer lessons are optional and depend on the teacher's availability. They have to be arranged and paid separately. 

After the registration, you will access the student portal with the calendar, showing all dates for the lessons, recitals and piano rehearsals for the whole year.


TUITION & POLICIES

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NEW ENGLAND CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE PROGRAM

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