“Scientific research has documented many of the benefits of studying music. This research indicates that music study helps develop critical thinking and self-discipline. It improves cognitive development, math and reading abilities, self-esteem, SAT scores, spatial reasoning skills, and school attendance. Music students are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, and less likely to be involved with gangs and substance abuse.”
-VH1 Save the Music
NURTURE YOUR PASSION FOR MUSIC!
Each of us comes to music from a different place, with different talents and different tastes. The optimum environment in which to pursue your passion for music is in a supportive class that meets you where you are and leads you where you want to go.
It’s about connecting. I work with you to accommodate your learning style, interests, and musical ambitions. My holistic, metaphysical approach to teaching includes professional coaching methodologies and body mechanics, including yoga and Tai chi postures, all of which help you connect your body to your breath and to your instrument and, therefore, to the music.
A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO BROADEN YOURSELF
“Ellen teaches that learning to play an instrument goes beyond reading the music, but involves seeing within oneself and engaging the mind, body, and spirit.”
-Sarah K., high school sophomore
Music is for everyone! Music contributes to a holistic approach to human development and can help in all areas of human growth. Whether you are a serious student or just someone who enjoys music, you can benefit from studying music.
If you are looking to pursue music as a career, I offer the dual approach that covers basic keyboard as well as music theory. If you simply love music and want to dedicate time learning the language of music, I offer more of a ‘music’ lesson. There is no pressure about how you are to perform.
ENSEMBLE (CHAMBER) GROUPS
Expand your musical knowledge by exploring small ensemble (chamber) experiences. Small ensemble work makes for a well-rounded musical education by introducing you to an entirely different body of repertoire and helping you hone reading and intonation skills.
Build confidence. Unlike playing in large ensembles, playing in a small ensemble requires each individual player to hold his/her own part. It also happens to be a ton of fun! To top it off, it is a great ‘bang for your buck!’
COME HAVE FUN WHILE GAINING VALUABLE SKILLS AND TOOLS FOR ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE!
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“Thank you for teaching all of us so much, and teaching me things that I never knew I could do before. I feel like I’ve gotten techniques that I can use to become a much better player.”
-Junior high school master class student
Improve your technique and gain perspective on interpretation and artistry. Master classes are an excellent supplement to traditional studies. You will benefit from the unique insight and experience of a guest performer/teacher when you perform for, and are coached by, the master teacher before an audience.
Teachers, bring a master class to your flute students! I will come to your school or studio and help students work on:
- Developing a beautiful tone,
- Learning how to practice well,
- Developing a relationship with the metronome,
- Performance techniques, including how to combat nervousness
- And many other topics!
“Music is a proven gateway to engaged citizenship, personal development and well-being…the inspiration and rewards unleashed by music are universal benefits that must be available to all as a human right.”
Salzburg Global Seminar, 2011
NOURISH THE SPIRIT WITH LIVE MUSIC
Baiao De Gauge (Paulo Bellinati) for flute and guitar with Ellen Rondina, flute and David Newsam, guitar
“The music etched the moments forever in my memory…”
Live music enriches any occasion! As a contract musician since the age of 16, I bring well-honed professional skills and a passion for the flute to make your special occasion an occasion to be remembered.
- Anniversary celebrations
- Corporate functions
- Restaurant background music
- Retirement parties
- Recording sessions
Prelude a l’Apres-midi d’un faune (Debussy), Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra with Ellen Rondina, principal flutist and soloist
Star Wars: Princess Leia Theme (John Williams), Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra with Ellen Rondina, principal flutist and soloist
A BACKGROUND STEEPED IN MUSIC
With professional musician parents and Grandfathers, I found this path very early. I had my first paying gig at age 10 as a vocalist for a wedding and joined the American Federation of Musicians music union (AFM) at the age of 16.
Want more than a solo performance? I work with a number of top-level professional musicians, including a guitarist, cellist, vocalist, pianist, and percussionist. Just ask!