Shannon Small

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Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Piano, Keyboard, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Writing
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Avg. Response Time: 121 hrs, 22 mins

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Shannon has numerous years of experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the student's learning style, personality, and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras, and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently the founder, CEO, and Principal Flute/oboe of the Texas Chamber Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is an alternate musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Jessup University and a retired Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She has served the College Music Society as South-Central Regional President, vice-president, and newsletter editor; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club, after retiring as president and other positions. She was also the newsletter editor for the Upper Mid-west flute associate, and board member of other organizations.

Shannon received her Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in music business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors, and in Italy.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition, and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. She is a Team USA 20018 ITU Aquathlon World Championship qualified and participant at Odense, Denmark. Additionally qualifying for the World Triathlon Championships 2023-Ibiza, Spain and 2024-Townsville, Australia.


I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
This is a 'Team Effort'! I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learning these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

Credentials: Missouri State University - GRCT, MA, University of Minnesota - MM Performance Winona State University - BA-Performance Winona State University - BS Music-Business, University of Missouri-Kansas City - music performance and dance studies. Numerous Masterclasses with prominent musicians. I have presented projects, performed at numerous conferences, and presented masterclasses. Affiliations with: American Federation of Musicians The College Music Society National Association for Music Education National Flute Association The International Double Reed Society International Clarinet Association North American Saxophone Alliance Houston Racing Triathlon Club Lake Charles Triathletes *Achievements and Professional development details available upon request.

Materials are assigned during the 1st lesson, once I understand what the student needs. I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability and needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). 

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