Anne Dearth (Master's of Music, flute performance) is a flutist and music teacher in New York City. She has appeared with Symphony Z, Contemporaneous, the W4 New Music Collective, the Open Music Ensemble, and with various NYU ensembles. She has participated in the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Tribeca New Music Festival, Iota Festival, and the Lower East Side Music Festival. Hailing from Dearborn, MI, Anne studied with Amy Porter at the University of Michigan before coming to New York to study at NYU with Robert Dick. A very diverse performer, Anne is equally confortable in orchestras as she is in improvising ensembles. An enthusiastic educator, Anne previously taught private lessons to non-majors as a member of the adjunct flute faculty at NYU. As a teacher, she promotes solid fundamentals of music, including a knowledge of music theory, harmony, and flute technique, while encouraging students to explore music creatively, in both composed music and improvisation.
As a teacher, I promote solid technique, music theory fundamentals, and creatively exploring music. Music is meant to be enjoyed and to this purpose I teach classical repertoire, and also folk music, beatles songs, and improvisation, depending on each student's needs. For children, lessons are more structured, designed to introduce them to the classical tradition and build on their musical knowledge starting with reading notes and rhythms, and getting into scales and basic chord theory as they progress. With adults, I address the deficits in their musical education and builds on their knowledge base to help them understand and hopefully more thoroughly enjoy the music they play. I think that music theory and improvisation are both important areas that are often neglected in tradition lessons, and I bring both of these into my teaching, through follow the leader games, call and response, theory workbooks, and if the student is interested, beginning modal/jazz studies. I often encourage students to think about the composer's intention behind a work, trying to connect them to the humanity behind the music they play, and to get them to think like an artist.