New Flute Teacher: Rachel Murray

Flute Teacher, Philadelphia

Rachel Murray: Flute Teacher

We proudly welcome our new flute teacher, Rachel Murray to the Philly Music Lessons staff!

Rachel is a classically trained flautist currently residing in Philadelphia.  From the age of 10, she has devoted much of her time to flute and music.  This love has helped propel her to the front of many music groups throughout her school career and beyond.

As a student of the Principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra and teacher at Curtis and Julliard,  Mr. Jeffrey Khaner, she has worked tirelessly at perfecting her technique and musicality. In addition to her studies with Jeffrey Khaner, she has also studied with David Cramer, the Associate Principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Susan Palma-Nidel, Principal of the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble.

Her performance career highlights include traveling to Europe with the Philadelphia Sinfonia’s Eastern European Tour, attending and being chosen to perform at a Julius Baker Masterclass, soloing with the North Penn High School’s orchestra, playing and performing with multiple chamber music groups at Settlement Music School, etc.

You can read a brief interview with Rachel below:

When did you begin playing [instrument], and why?:  I started playing flute in 4th grade.  Since before I can remember, I had always wanted to learn flute.
 
What are your personal goals as a musician?:  My goal is continue to grow both technically and musically in order to bring music to life.
 
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:  That when you start learning a piece of music, it’s more important to play it accurately than to play it at the correct speed.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
  I think it would have to be learning ‘Hot Cross Buns’ in the first couple weeks of starting flute.  That song made me want to quit!

What is your biggest musical achievement?: 
Getting chosen to play for a Julius Baker Masterclass out of a couple hundred flautists.
 
Favorite thing about teaching?: My favorite thing about teaching is helping students to find the beauty, joy and fun in learning music and an instrument.  I love being able to teach the same material in a variety of different ways depending on the student I’m working with.
 
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?: Learning music can be extremely challenging.  It’s something you have to work at daily.  So, I think the most important thing is practice!  Practice as much as possible!
Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any): Currently, I work with a classical guitarist and play at weddings, cocktail parties, museum galas, etc.  I will also be searching for a position with an orchestra in the coming year.