Welcome to FluteKeys Studio, where private flute lessons are just the beginning of a series of motivating and enriching musical experiences.
FluteKeys Studio is located at 1202 Devonshire Drive in Champaign, just a few minutes from the University of Illinois, Urbana and Savoy. Private flute lessons are offered to individuals by flute teacher Sue Garton. Students range from second grade through adult. A free trial flute lesson is encouraged, and parents are always welcome. Click here to read more about FluteKeys policies.
At FluteKeys Studio students perform in a variety of solo and group venues. They have opportunities to play in the FluteKeys annual spring recital, as well as in one of the FluteKeys flute choirs and their school band and orchestra programs. Many perform in district and All State honor bands and the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, as well as other smaller ensembles.
Through the years, more and more students have joined FluteKeys Studio from virtually every Champaign-Urbana school, public and private. As a result, Ms. Garton is a sought after clinician in local band programs. Even those students who don’t major in music typically continue to play flute, earning scholarships and providing life-long enrichment.
FluteKeys Studio uses a highly individualized student-centered approach to flute instruction. Ms. Garton’s teaching style features a broad range of techniques to motivate and nurture each individual. FluteKeys students are held to, and achieve, high standards in a highly supportive environment.
A well-equipped in-home studio with computers and software minimizes overhead costs, so tuition is accessible to the greatest number of families.
Ms. Garton is an active member of both the NFA (National Flute Association) and the Chicago Flute Club. She continually hones her teaching and playing skills by attending symposia, including workshops and performances given by great flutists, such as James Galway, and the University of Illinois’ own Jonathan Keeble.
Explore FluteKeys Studio and the site’s resources. Questions and requests are encouraged and welcome.
National Flute Conventions
As an active member of the National Flute Association
(www.nfaonline.org) I attend
their national conventions each August. Over the years
I have met and heard several great flute musicians that
I have mentioned during private and group sessions.
|In 2017 I was able to join in a jam session with beatboxing legend Greg Pattillo's band.|
|Kathy Blocki invented the Pneumo Pro, a teaching device that helps students learn to aim their airstream--important for flute playing! She also has developed an award-winning method, which I use, for teaching very young flutists. Here I am with her at the 2011 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.|