Kate Hicks

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Flute, Recorder, Piccolo
(163 reviews)
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Hi! I teach music with patience, smiles and encouragement because music should be fun to play, and not a chore. Please look at my YouTube channel called:  " Mrs. Hicks and your fun flute and recorder lessons", and you can see me in action. If you would like to set up a lesson with me, or just to meet with me for a FREE "Meet & Greet" 15 minute trial lesson, it is best to message me first, so that we can find times that work for both of us---time zones and all. My availability calendar is not completely accurate...I can also arrange lessons outside of my availability chart, if necessary. I am also available on weekends, from time to time.

I am a classically trained musician and a state-certified teacher, and have been teaching both children and adults (from beginning to advanced) the flute, piccolo and recorders for more than 20 years.  I have also helped many adults reconnect with their flute after a long break---something I personally experienced as well. Currently, I coach flutes, and teach recorders in our local schools. My music family where I perform is with the University of California, Riverside Music Department, in which I have been an active member of the UCR Orchestra (where I play flute and piccolo) as well as with various chamber groups for many years.

I have also developed a recorders program where I visited several schools to teach 2nd to 4th graders (including those in special needs classes) their first music notes and songs---followed by several performances during the year. 

My goal is to help make music FUN to learn and play, so that students of any age can feel the positive joy of their accomplishments.



 I have found that teaching is my real passion in life. My teaching style is to be positive and encouraging, with a touch of humor.  I try to help motivate my students to smile about music, and to enthusiastically want to achieve their goals.  At the end, I want them to feel great about their accomplishments, with a desire to learn even more. Some of my students have even gone on to become music majors.

A typical flute lesson involves: 1. Warm up on technique issues, GOOD TONE QUALITY, scales, rhythms, double tonging and vibrato. 2. An etude (easy to advanced) to get the fingers to move and groove. 3. A performance piece (either a duet or a solo piece).

For recorders, the student if the student is young, I focus on reading music, fingerings and rhythms, followed by super fun songs. For adults, I focus on music fundamentals and show how wonderful the recorder is to play! Just about ALL music fundamentals can be taught with the recorder!

I also use the app.--- Soundtrap Studio, where we can record solos and duets together for all to hear and enjoy. Lessonface also just recently launched their own recording studio, which I am now very involved in. I often upload accompaniment pieces, so students can play and record their flute along with the music. It's great fun!

Reviews from Group Classes

Let’s Make Waves: How to Vibrato with your Flute
Joanne M.
on June 16, 2022


I have two bachelor degrees, and I am a certified credentialed teacher in the state of California. Member of the University of California Riverside Orchestra, as well as the U.C.R. Chamber music department

For the flute, I use many song and method books, but always have flute students work out of ,"Tradition of Excellence" and/or the Rubank series--- which I call the "Blue Book".  Daily exercise books also include The Flutist's Formulae, and theTaffanel and Gaubert exercises. I teach beginning flute to advanced performance.

For recorders,  I have many books that I use, and most of them are for beginners. I teach songs where the students learn about repeats, first and second endings, measures of rest and codas---everything you would see in band music. Some of these songs are played along with music in the background.

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