Educational Activities


Flute lessons
Studio for flute pedagogy
Refreshment course for flute teachers


Flute lessons
Mia Dreese has taught modern flute, old transverse flutes and flute pedagogy at Dutch conservatories of music for over 25 years.
At present she is teaching these subjects at her private studio in Amstelveen.
Her students are children, adults and students who want to become professional flautists.
Two or three times a year there is a concert by Mia’s students. Mia herself joins in for duets and there is a pianist to accompany other works.

Each year on the first Saturday of January Mia gives a whole-day workshop on a flute-related subject. In previous years topics have been: making your own cadenza for a flute concerto; playing and listening to Mozart flute concertos; feeling the right rhythm; different styles of playing; flute quartets and quintets and canons; workshops on specific music like C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in A minor and Marcel Moyse’s 24 petites études melodiques and Tone Development through Interpretation.


Studio for flute pedagogy
In Mia Dreese’s Studio for flute pedagogy courses are available for students who want to become a good flute teacher. There are possibilities for short or longer courses, in groups or as private lessons. A combination with flute lessons is also possible, of course.

Contents of the flute pedagogy course:
In a three-year course the student learns to make a clearly written description of  the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of the following six major fields in flute teaching.

1) Teaching curriculum
a) from methodological point of view (what do I know)
b) from didactical point of view (what do I teach my pupils and how am I going to do that)

The following subjects have to be described:  correct body and hand position, breathing, tone production, articulation, dynamics, intonation, vibrato, finger technique and some acoustics concerning the flute.

2) Teaching materials
The student makes a repertoire list of method and instruction books and performance pieces to be used in flute lessons. Instruction books and pieces from various musical style periods (including jazz and popular music) should be arranged in grades of difficulty, e.g. six grades spread out over nine years of teaching.

Each grade should have:

  1. Flute methods and exercises
  2. Works for flute with piano or harpsichord
  3. Works for solo flute
  4. Works for flute with orchestra accompaniment
  5. Duets
  6. Chamber music for three or more flutes or other instruments

3) Knowledge of the most important flute methods from the 18th, 19th and 20th  centuries

4) Literature.
A list of literature concerning the flute is also part of the written flute curriculum.

5) Performance practices for various musical styles, especially from the 18th and 20th centuries

6) History of flute making and flute music

Refreshment course for flute teachers
This short course consists of six monthly Saturday morning lessons starting in January. Three main topics will be presented:

  1. Teaching curriculum: the following subjects will be discussed from
    * methodological point of view (what do I know) and
    * didactical point of view (how do I teach others)
    1. Playing posture
    2. Breathing
    3. Tone development
    4. Dynamics, articulation
    5. Finger technique
    6. Vibrato
    7. Different styles of performance (esp. baroque and modern music)
  2. Instruction books, methods and pieces to be used in flute teaching: old and new flute methods, pieces and literature will be discussed and played.
  3. Questions that arise and discussion about teaching situations.

This refreshment course is intended for:
Flute teachers (with or without teaching experience)
Flute students who want to take their 2e Fase (final teaching exams)
Amateur flute players who want to know more about these subjects

The Studio is easily accessible by public transport and parking is free.

More information: or tel. 0031 (0)20 6419509.