Photo by Prof. Mary Miller, University of Nevada, Reno (Masterclass with her students.)

Photo by Prof. Mary Miller, University of Nevada, Reno (Masterclass with her students.)

Ai teaches students to play musically and to communicate musical intentions to the audience.  She develops the students’ technical facility, helps students achieve a more expressively open focused tone and tone colors, and shows students how to effectively apply technical skills to achieve musical effects.

Ai also addresses posture, ergonomics, and body awareness as she believes that the performer’s body is an extension of the flute—one must learn to "play" the body as well as the instrument in order to make the flute sing and deliver the music to the audience.

Students will learn performance practices for performing in Baroque and Classical periods, and build a wide range of repertoire from ancient to modern music. 

Photo by G. Marcusson, from a workshop at MidSouth Flute Festival

Photo by G. Marcusson, from a workshop at MidSouth Flute Festival

Ai is committed to sharing the skills and passion for music and flute playing with budding musicians of all ages and levels.  She currently provides private flute instruction in Cupertino, California, attracting some of the top-performing students in the area.  As a testament to Ai’s effectiveness as a teacher, her students earn recognition as concerto competition soloists, competition winners, awards and distinctions at such as principal flutist of California State Honor Orchestra and Bands,  principal flutists of youth orchestras and school ensembles, receive Superior and “Command Performance” ratings at CMEA festivals, etc.  Ai’s intermediate and advanced students volunteer for the concert organization Encores On Wheels, through which they share their excitement and joy for music with the community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Ai is invited to adjudicate auditions and competitions, including the National Flute Association, Kentucky Flute Festival Young Artist Competition, Santa Clara County Honor Band, MTAC VOCE competition, and the Areon Flutes Summer Flute Institute.   She also gives clinics, presentations, sectionals, and masterclasses by invitation, such as by Middle Tennessee State University, Western Kentucky University, Canadian Flute Convention, the MTAC Santa Clara division, MidSouth Flute Society, etc.

Photo by Prof. Mary Miller, UNR

Photo by Prof. Mary Miller, UNR

Your masterclass with the MTSU students was wonderfully inspiring, informative and fun! It was wonderful to hear Roya improve her sound so much as well as play with more musical shape and emotion. I felt that Mara truly gained a greater sense of ease in the production of her sound and this truly helped her to express herself so much more. Your energy was wonderful and the graciousness you brought to the flute students allowed the performers to give more and the listeners to think and be attentive...
— An exerpt from a letter by Dr. Little, Associate Professor of Flute at MTSU.
I wanted to say thank you again for your visit to MTSU. Your masterclass was wonderful, and the instruction was very helpful and enlightening. You played so wonderfully, and I hope I’ll get to work with your hear you again soon!
— Mr. Eric Luminais
Our daughter has had a first-class musical education under Ai’s tutelage, and her flute tone and technique have progressed beautifully. Perhaps even more valuable, though, is Ai’s presence in her life. Ai is atrue mentor. She cares about her students. They want to emulate her. And, speaking from a parent’s point of view, if they do emulate her they will be doing very well, both as musicians and as people.
— Ms. Susan Hough, a parent of a student, Jenna
Ai is a wonderful teacher in music education and flute performance. She has put countless efforts to gain the best performance experience to benefit her students. She always lays out a clear plan for students to reach their goals in flute performance step-by-step. She is also a great mentor always ready to support our daughter in those highs and lows of her flute performance. We will never forget those moments when Ai was with our daughter to share her emotion in cheers and tears. As parents, we saw the part that only a well-trusted teacher could have done to a young student. Perhaps Ai sees her students as the reflection of herself, as a young music lover who chose to use the flute to express her inner world.
— From Mr. Wen-teh Chang, a parent of a student, Cheryl