Caring Professional Flutist
High School - College/University - Returning Adults - Elementary
Audition & Competition Preparation
Master of Music Degree, Manhattan School of Music
Chamber Music Award from L'Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, France
Former Principal Flutist of the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, 16 years
Active performer - recitals, concerts, events, weddings, recordings, etc.
Call: Sharon Levin at (917) 968-7009
25 years plus experience
Past Teaching Positions:
Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Flute Choir Program, Stamford, CT
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
Kean University, Union, NJ
Newark Academy High School & Middle School, Livingston, NJ
The Hudson School High School & Middle School, Hoboken
Stevens Co-op, Hoboken, NJ
Now available to teach in the Fairfield County, Connecticut area.
My name is Erica Erlanger and I am a junior at Union College, located in Schenectady, New York. I have played the flute for over ten years, beginning in the 5th grade as a student of Sharon Levin at the Hudson School, in Hoboken, New Jersey. I received both group and private lessons from Sharon for a period of eight years, so my experience with her as a flute teacher is extensive.
Sharon possesses many qualities which make her a good flute teacher for people of any age. She taught me how to hold and breathe life into a flute at the age of ten. Considering the mental and physical maturity of a ten year-old, I would say that is impressive. I remember very well the moment when I decided that I wanted to play flute. The fifth graders were attending what I would refer to as a ï¿½music orientationï¿½. Sharon stood on the stage and proceeded to play a South American piece called ï¿½Tico Ticoï¿½ with such gusto and beauty that I knew I wanted to ï¿½do that tooï¿½.
I learned the essential techniques of flute playing over my eight years in the Hudson School, combined with fun and challenging pieces I would perform in the annual school concerts. Flute lessons were fun, something I looked forward to every week. With Sharonï¿½s help, I was able to perform not only in school functions, but at a college performance with a former student at Kean College, at a music festival at Six Flags Great Adventure and even at Sharonï¿½s wedding. Sharon taught me how to perform in a flute quartet, with piano accompaniment, as accompaniment to the school choir, as a soloist, and as a member of the orchestra in the school production of Les Miserables. I currently play flute in my college orchestra.
I have had experience with one other flute teacher as a college student and I can state that, although her teaching skills may have been at the same level as Sharon, she lacked the enthusiasm and the people skills that make Sharon the great teacher she is. Sharon is not only an instructor and a guide, but a person who you can speak to. Although I no longer receive lessons from Sharon, I will still call her every once in a while for advice on which trill to use for the current piece I am practicing in orchestra.
As a parent I have found Sharon to be extremely patient, kind, understanding and professional. She has always been able to work with my daughter, teaching her and giving her homework, yet also understanding of a childs life and its various ups and downs. Even though my daughter thought that Sharon was a tough teacher at times, she was always able to communicate with her and found Sharon to be very reasonable. Lizzie became a good flutist under Sharons tutelage and respects her tremendously. She was not only Lizzies teacher but also a friend. Lizzie misses Sharon tremendously as do I.
Sharon is an extremely talented flutist and a very dedicated teacher. Any organization or individual will be fortunate to work with her. I miss Sharon very much. She was a very vital part of my daughters life. Sharon is and will continue to be sorely missed.
Sharon also encouraged me to pursue incredible musical opportunities and was extremely helpful in preparing me for auditions. Her excellent preparation enabled me to play competitively in auditions for the Juilliard Pre-College program, the North Jersey Region and All-State Bands, the Governors School of New Jersey, Eastern Music Festival, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and New Jersey Youth Symphony. (I currently play in the New Jersey Youth Symphony and have been a member of the NJ Region Bands and the Hartwick College Music Festival).
Through Sharons nurturing and support, I developed a real love of the flute that Ill carry with me into college and my adult life.