Francesca's Private Teaching Philosophy and Experience: Francesca Leo is a New York City-based flutist, private teacher and entrepreneur. She has taught privately for eight years, working primarily with beginning and intermediate flutists. Francesca was a teaching assistant for the 2016 Ervin Monroe Summer Flute Choir Workshop and has served as the primary flute instructor for the annual McCourts Music Fifth Grade Instrument Fittings in Berkley, Michigan for the past five years. All of Francesca’s former students have received the highest ratings on their solo performances in both the District and State levels of the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association Solo and Ensemble competitions. Her students have also been accepted into the Michigan All-State Honors Band, have all held a principal position in their school bands, and have excelled in every aspect of their flute playing.
Francesca has an extensive background of research in performing arts health and musculoskeletal performance-based injuries in music students, so she is extremely attentive to her students needs and makes sure that all of her students are playing with proper hand position and posture in an effort to prevent performance-based injuries. She fosters a sense of community between her students, encouraging them to collaborate with and learn from each other. Francesca also believes that students should be passionate about the music they are learning, so she encourages her students to select at least one piece of music that they are motivated to learn each month. As her students progress, she slowly integrates more standard flute repertoire and method books into their studies. She works to personalize each student's repertoire to showcase their strengths and continue to develop their fundamental basis to help them to rapidly improve in both their technique and overall musicality. Francesca ends many of her private lessons by sight-reading duet pieces with her students. She encourages all interested students to take every audition and performance opportunity available to them. Francesca has a passion for teaching and supports and encourages her students in every way she can. Francesca also has experience teaching private guitar lessons and has performed electric and acoustic guitar in jazz and rock settings during her time in Michigan.