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    September PayneOffering private lessons in
    San Diego, California
    About MeContact Me
    Carmel Valley News-- Spotlight on Music in Carmel Valley.
    "Music West Flute Studio Provides Wealth of Teaching Experience to Carmel Valley"

    With 35 years of international teaching/performing experience, Dr. September Payne, founder of Music West and SDSU Adjunct Flute Professor, Emeritus, is recognized as a leading flute pedagogue in San Diego’s musical community.

    The ability to play beautifully is only part of what clients accomplish at Music West. We help students tap into the life-long cognitive and creative benefits developed by playing music. Often, what one can’t express with words, one can express through the essence of the music. Beyond the notes, music must “sing” a story. For this we need someone to show us how.

    As an established studio since 1999, Music West has helped musicians of all ages/levels identify and reach their goals through customized flute/recorder instruction. Whether a beginner, a striving professional or returning to play, anyone can learn to play and read music, just like we learned to speak and read.

    At Music West, you will truly benefit from the individual attention and professional guidance you need.

    My Teaching Background
    DR. SEPTEMBER PAYNE, Concert Flutist and Pedagogue
    FLUTE STUDIO Lessons, Recitals, Certificate of Merit Program
    Tone, Technical and Artistic Musical Development for All Ages

    Concert Review:
    Critics have noted that "Ms. Payne exemplifies a rare beauty of tone, blessedly free of air, unsurpassed by even the greatest of flutists today."
    (The Brattleboro-Marlboro Reformer)

    Dr. Payne is Adjunct Flute Professor/Assistant Lecturer of Music History, Emeritus at San Diego State University, Grossmont & Mesa Colleges. She played Principal Flute with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet, was Director of Winds & Brass at the California Institute of Music & has conducted the San Diego’s Civic Youth Wind Ensemble, SDSU & Silver Whistles Flute Choirs. Dr. Payne founded "Music West, School for Young Flutists" & co-founded “San Diego Coastal Flutes.” Ever committed to pedagogy, September served as President of San Diego Flute Guild & belongs to numerous musical societies: Moyse Society, National Flute Association, The California Music Teachers Association, Mu Phi Epsilon, Kappa Phi & writes research & pedagogical articles for musical newsletters. Studio locations: Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo & San Diego.

    Dr. Payne performed solo recitals throughout Canada, US & Europe & with Colorado & Aspen, Banff Festival Orchestras, & the Boston Opera Co. Her education includes a (MM) degree from Boston University & a (DMA) Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University. Her mentors include the greatest artist of the 20th & 21st C, in both the French & American style of flute playing: Marcel Moyse, Jean- Pierre Rampal, Sir James Galway, Geoffrey Gilbert, Albert Tipton, Leone Buyse and Carol Wincenc. Dr. Payne has recorded for NCM in NY & is a specialist in Contemporary Canadian flute music, writing Canada’s 1st Catalogue of Contemporary Canadian Flute Music.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My Goal:
    I have many goals as a teacher, however, mainly that students will eventually gain the skills needed to become independent musicians, no matter what their career paths may be and that they learn the value and joy of playing an instrument, wether for a career or just for a past time activity.

    My Teaching Style:
    I adhere to a conservatory/university approach of teaching the flute repertoire, concentrating on the classics of the flute literature and etudes.
    My teaching style can be described as firm/strict yet “gentle handed” using positive and encouraging reinforcement. My curriculum is methodical, with very specific feedback. I view each student as unique; therefore, I am flexible in designing their individual programs. While the aim is to focus on enjoyment of learning, only those commitment to hard work will be admitted. I also address:

     Injury prevention
     Overcoming anxiety
     Effective practice strategies
     Interpenetration and musical Organizational
     Performance guidance
     Visual feedback

     Beginning students: emphasis is on strong fundamental skills such as tone, rhythm, and physical aspects of the flute such as posture, breathing, technique, 1 octave scales. Practice sessions: 15-45 minutes 5 days a week.
     Intermediate: a continuation of fundamental skills and a strong emphasis on musicianship, the 4 “T’s”--Tone, Tonguing, Technique and Talent development, how practice, use of methodical and progressive etude/technique books, orchestral excerpts, sight-reading including ledger line reading. 2 & 3 octave major & minor scales, augmented with developmental exercises as needed. Daily review of material by the student is essential for progress. Practice: 45 minutes-1.5 hours, 5 days a week.
     Advanced: a continuation of Intermediate skill development, multiple solos covering all historical eras, orchestral excerpts, music, theory, sight reading. Performance Practice- recitals, competitions, master class participation, festivals and exams opportunities. Flute listening assignments or attendance at local professional concerts, and journal writing will also be encouraged.
     Practicing: is a fine art. I help students discover more efficient and meaningful ways to practice.

    As a dedicated and inspirational pedagogue, Dr. Payne taught us to go beyond the technical aspects of the flute and express ourselves. Her gift is imparting “how to…”-everything from moving the sound, to a holistic approach to the fingers. She stresses integrity of rhythm, clarity of articulation and enabled me to create the total musical ideal.
    Tim Nunnick, M.M., Graduate, San Diego State University Flute Studio and Professional Performing Artist.

    Rates And Availability
    Three convenient studio locations near you- San Diego/La Mesa; Sorrento Valley/Carmel Valley; 4-S Ranch/Racho Bernardo.
    Lesson Fees:
    $70 per hour
    $52 per forty-five minutes
    $35 per half hour