After a five-year hiatus living and studying in Chicago and Las Vegas, Taiwanese-American flutist Dr. Lynn Tsai returned to New York for the second time in the fall of 2018 and called it home again. Lynn has relished the opportunities to collaborate in and contribute to the arts in these vibrant music scenes. These experiences, as well as the wonderful people she has met along the way, have had a tremendous impact on her both personally and professionally. She is also bilingual having spent her childhood in Taipei, Taiwan and adolescent years in Columbus, GA.
A classically trained musician, Lynn began her musical studies on the piano at the age of four. When she was exposed to the flute at the age of ten, little did she know that it would stay with her for the rest of her life. She continued to study the piano until her freshman year in college when she decided to focus solely on the flute. Lynn has studied under Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, Keith Underwood, Dr. Jennifer Grim, and Dr. Andrée Martin. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Columbus State University, a Master of Arts in Flute Performance from New York University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).
Lynn made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2009 as a winner of the Artist International Competition. In 2015 she won second prize in the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s College Concerto Competition, a statewide competition for all instruments, and was awarded third prize the following year. During her doctoral residency at UNLV, she taught Music Fundamentals classes and flute lessons to undergraduate students at the university. Some of her recent performance highlights include the honor to perform Shulamit Ran’s East Wind for solo flute for the Pulitzer-prize winning composer herself in Las Vegas, and the invitation to perform Hisatada Otaka’s Flute Concerto, op. 30 with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their annual Concerto Competition. While she lived in Las Vegas, she served on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Flute Club from 2014-16, during which she was heavily involved with the logistics and planning of educational events for the flute community in Las Vegas. Her article about the Las Vegas Flute Club was featured in the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly magazine (Winter 2016).
Lynn enjoys playing music from all musical genres. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, her performance schedule for 2020-21 is uncertain at this time, as it is the case for many arts organizations across the country as well; however, she is always open for new collaboration ideas and performance opportunities. So please send her a message if you are interested in discussing future collaborations.
Presently, Dr. Lynn Tsai maintains a growing flute studio comprised of students of all ages and levels in Westchester, NY. She resides in the village of Croton-on-Hudson with her epidemiologist husband and 4-year-old son. To inquire about flute lessons, masterclasses, or performances, please click here.
(Updated: November 2020)
I continually strive to improve my ability to communicate and recognize students’ learning styles and musical capabilities in order to teach effectively and efficiently. The teachers I have had who stand out in my memory all shared key traits; i.e., they were personal, encouraging, supportive, patient, and respectful. They were effective at providing explanations of musical concepts from different viewpoints to suit my learning style. These teachers remain a source of inspiration for me as I endeavor to be the best instructor I can be.
I encourage my flute students to think on their own, regardless of age and level of playing, rather than making every decision for them. I aim to guide each student by explaining and comparing different ways of playing (e.g., articulation, tone, rhythm, etc.), and afterwards asking them to state their preferences and support their choices. These interactions allow me to understand how the student processes information, letting me adapt to their learning style and perceptions. From the student’s perspective, when they are encouraged to think through a problem on their own, they enhance their ability to understand the logic underlying alternative approaches. When a student truly understands the reason for a particular adjustment and has full buy-in to the approach, they are more likely to internalize the modifications and personalize them to develop their own identity.
I want every one of my flute students to walk away from their lessons feeling a sense of accomplishment, and keeping their excitement and curiosity for music intact. It is crucial to balance technical fundamentals with selections of interesting repertoire. By providing constructive criticism, setting short-term goals with students, and reinforcing the importance of muscle memory, students will appreciate the improvement process that comes along through the habit of regular practicing.
"My daughter, Lila has developed so well and so quickly in the time with Lynn, and that she’s so motivated to continue is fantastic. Music is very important in our family and it’s a joy to see how Lynn has facilitated her connection to it and boosted her confidence. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and inspiration to Lila. It makes me so happy to see her grow and enjoy playing with your influence and teaching."
~ Cara, 1/6/2020
"I have been so amazed with my daughter, Faedra's improvement. She has learned so much from Lynn. Now she practices without me reminding her, and more importantly she looks forward to her weekly lesson! Lynn is very patient, extremely well qualified, and has rekindled my daughter's love for the flute. They work so well together. Her technique, tone, and musicianship has improved so much she is doing NYSSMA this year. Lynn has been invaluable for my daughter's skill and love for music."
~ DPH, 1/11/2020
"My daughter, Claire had a great time in Lynn's virtual flute summer camp today. Her lesson was well structured and her instruction was very clear. Although we can't have face-to-face lessons right now, Lynn's demonstration and scaffolding are clear and helpful. The pacing is right for the kids. Claire was excited that she could make a sound blowing the headjoint. Thank you for the wonderful lesson! We are looking forward to having more lessons with you!"
~ Su, 6/30/2020
One-on-one instructions tailored to the student’s flute playing ability. Each lesson will cover the fundamentals of tone production, technique, and etude/solo pieces appropriate for the student. Meets once per week.
Duration: 1-hour, 45-minutes, or 30-minutes
Partner up with a friend and take lessons together for collaborative learning! For this option both students should be at the same playing level (i.e. beginner, intermediate, or advanced) in order to benefit from this type of setting. As with private lessons, each week we will cover the fundamentals of tone production, technique, and etude/solo pieces appropriate for the students. Meets once per week.
Duration: 1-hour (Please note that lesson rate per student is equivalent to a 30-min lesson since the attention will be split between two students equally.)
~~PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ALL LESSONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE TAUGHT VIRTUALLY THROUGH THE END OF MARCH 2021 AT THIS TIME.~~
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