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Andrea Brzezinski2018-01-31T10:54:59-05:00

Project Description

B.Mus. (McMaster University)
Diploma in Flute Performance (McMaster University)

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music and Diploma in Flute Performance from McMaster University. She has studied under the tutelage of many well known flutists during her university career such as Leslie Newman (Principal Flute, Hamilton Philharmonic), Dr. David Gerry, Paula Elliott, and Suzanne Shulman (McMaster). Andrea has many years of teaching and performance experience.

In the past she has taught at the TDSB Toronto Summer Music Camp and was a volunteer music teacher for McMaster MusicBox Children’s Charity. She has been an active performer within and outside of McMaster. She has performed with the McMaster Chamber Orchestra as principal flute and as a soloist, McMaster Concert Band, Flute Ensemble, as well as performing in a chamber ensemble with her university colleagues. Outside of the university she was a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Symphony on the Bay, and she is an alumni member of the Etobicoke Youth Band.

Get to know Andrea…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Bike riding, Baking, Hiking

Musical influences: Ian Clarke, Jasmine Choi, Yiruma

Favourite food: Sushi & any kind of dessert

Least favourite food: Olives

Favourite music: Classical Romantic, Orchestral, Modern Classical

Favourite song: I have many favourite songs both classical and modern. Here are a few… River Flows in You (Piano, Yiruma), For Dad (Flute, Gary Schocker), Heartbeat (Carrie Underwood), People Help the People (Birdy).

Favourite movie: August Rush

Favourite movie music: Soundtrack from August Rush, Any Disney movie

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Mamma Mia

Best quote from your teacher: “Play from the heart and the rest will come easy.”

Favourite quote: “I pay no attention to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”-Mozart

Favourite book: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Being able to share my love for music and the flute.

Latest Homework from Andrea

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Meredith S.



From now on I strongly encourage both you the parents and Meredith to reference these weekly homework posts to stay up to date on progress reports, homework assigned in the lesson, and as a reference from week to week for practicing and to remind yourself what is expected by the next lesson.

The past month in our lessons have been quite productive. Our first lesson was structured so that I could get to know Meredith and evaluate what her goals should be as we move forward into the academic year. Meredith has a good basic understanding of how to make a quality sound on the flute and how to hold the instrument properly which I was impressed by. These skills take most beginning students quite some time to grasp. Meredith’s greatest weakness as of now would be reading music and rhythm with ease which is what we are currently working on in our lessons. Last lesson she brought a long list of repertoire from her music class which will be the main focus of our lessons.

I would like to emphasize the importance of practicing in which is a skill that must be learned on its own. At this level, I recommend at least 20-30 minutes of practice every day if possible, and or every other day. I understand that Meredith has quite a lot of homework but without practice we cannot accomplish as much as I would like to in our lessons. If possible, I would like Meredith to bring a lined notebook to each lesson and this will be our practice journal where I will write down what needs practice and how to facilitate this practice at home.

Lastly, as a friendly reminder I would like to remind you to notify the Director Barnaby of any absences/vacations that may arise in the future. Once Barnaby has been notified he then lets me know of these absences so that I am aware not to come to TFS that day.


Thank you and I look forward to our next lesson!


~Andrea Brzezinski

Preferred Books for Andrea’s Students

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Overtones: A Comprehensive Flute Series

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76 Graded Studies for Flute

Book 2

Cover of 76 Graded Studies for Flute

Selected and edited by Paul Harris and Sally Adams and covering a broad selection of 19th century study repertory, including Baermann, Berr, Demnitz and many others.

This book contains exercises 55 to 76, with the earlier pieces to be found in Book 1. The pieces are selected from the historical repertoire to present playing challenges and new techniques in a specific musical context, arranged in progressive order of difficulty.

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Orchestral Excerpts for Flute

Cover of Orchestral Excerpts for Flute, compiled by Jeanne Baxtresser

Already a staple in flute pedagogy, former New York Philharmonic principal flutist Jeanne Baxtresser’s “Orchestral Excerpts for Flute” becomes even more essential with this edition containing edition containing over 50 of the most-requested audition pieces.

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Studies and Technical Exercises

by Marcel Moyse

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Having studied the Flute with virtuosos Paul Taffanel, Adolphe Hennebains and Philippe Gaubert at the Paris Conservatoire, Marcel Moyse (1889-1984) soon became a virtuoso of the instrument himself. Etudes et Exercices Techniques for Flute was the first of many popular study books from the renowned flautist.

During his career, Moyse frequently played solo Flute with many orchestras, including performing the main concertos of the repertory. It is during his time in the USA that Moyse composed his extensive number of instructive books on instrumental technique, including Etudes et Exercices Techniques, which today remain universally accepted and popular. Moyse‘s book is essential to all aspiring, advanced flautists.

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