Dr. Lynn Tsai, Taiwanese-born American flutist, has called Westchester, New York home since the fall of 2018. Dr. Tsai is a versatile performer of flute solo repertoires over a wide range of musical periods. She began her musical studies on the piano at the age of four, and added the flute as a second instrument at the age of ten. During her undergraduate studies, she made the transition to full-time flute studies.
Dr. Tsai made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2009 as a winner of the Artist International Competition. In 2015 she was awarded second prize in the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s College Concerto Competition, a statewide competition for all instruments, and won third prize in the same competition the following year. 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 University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their annual Concerto Competition.
Throughout her education she was very fortunate to have studied the flute intensely under several world-class flutists and pedagogues, including Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/Manhattan School of Music/Purchase College/Bard College), Professor Keith Underwood (New York University/New School), Dr. Jennifer Grim (University of Miami/UNLV-former), Dr. Andrée Martin (Columbus State University), and Dr. Carol Wincenc (Juilliard School). Today, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance (UNLV), a Master of Arts in Flute Performance (NYU), and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance (CSU).
Dr. Tsai has over 15 years of experience teaching flute to students across all levels. Since the completion of her doctorate, she has been invited as a Guest Artist to teach flute masterclasses at her alma mater, the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. She has also taught Music Fundamentals to undergraduate students at UNLV while she worked as a Teaching Assistant for the school. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors (2014-16) for the Las Vegas Flute Club (LVFC), in which she helped enrich the flute community by organizing regular educational events for students and amateurs. Her article about the LVFC was featured in the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly magazine (Winter 2016).
Presently, Dr. Tsai is raising two young sons with her epidemiologist husband. She maintains a growing flute studio comprised of students of all ages and levels. She is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and welcomes in-person lessons at her music studio located in Croton-on-Hudson.
(Updated: September 2021)
"Lynn clearly knows what she is doing. She's very patient with my eight-year-old son and quite knowledgeable with flute and other instruments. She is very organized with her assignments, knows how to motivate the kids, and in addition to teaching them to learn the instrument, she's also trying to teach them musicality and the ability to enjoy good music. She's one of the top tier music teachers my kids have had the luck to learn from. In the last two years, which also coincides with the pandemic, she has been flexible in scheduling, and has tried her best to accommodate the kids and the parents' needs. She is a great pleasure and very easy to work with, which is very important in this trying time. In the last two years I have seen my son from barely making sounds off the flute to playing some complicated pieces and sustained a great interest in playing the flute, which is quite heartwarming. I can't say enough thanks!" ~Matt, 8/23/2021
"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
"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, 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
One-on-one instruction 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 for 1 hour or 45 minutes.
Partner up with a friend and take lessons together for collaborative learning! For this option both students should be at approximately 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 for 1 hour.
MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS & BEGINNER PIANO
One-on-one instruction on the fundamentals of music and piano playing. The student will learn how to read music, understand the different elements of music and their functions, establish an awareness for musical expressions, and learn to play simple songs on the piano with proper posture and technique.
Meets once per week for 1 hour or 45 minutes.
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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 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 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.