A first of its kind, “The Art of Teaching” is a comprehensive, collaborative weekend open to the most important members of our flute community: teachers!  Led by acclaimed pedagogues Alberto Almarza, Jeanne Baxtresser, Lorna McGhee, Soo-Kyung Park and Lea Pearson “The Art of Teaching” will feature round-table discussions, specialized classes, and musical workshops.  Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences, while gaining valuable knowledge and inspiration to bring back to their studios.   





Alberto Almarza – Former Principal Flute, Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra; Professor of Flute, Carnegie Mellon University Jeanne Baxtresser – Former Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic; Professor Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory Lorna McGhee – Principal Flute, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Artist Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University Dr. Lea Pearson – Founder of Music Minus Pain; Licensed Andover Educator Soo-Kyung Park – Artistic Director and Flutist of Musicians of Lenox Hill; Faculty, Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College and New York University

SCHEDULE – subject to change



9:30am        The Meaning of Teaching– ALL FACULTY

10:00am      Introduction to Alexander Technique – WORKSHOP, bring your flute – LORNA McGHEE

11:00am      Preparing Students for College– SOO-KYUNG PARK and ALBERTO ALMARZA 

12:00            VISIT THE EXHIBITS

1:30             My Teaching Philosophy:  JEANNE BAXTRESSER A lecture followed by a discussion with the participants on the inspiring challenges and rewards of our work

3:45              Repertoire Roundtable – open discussion on flute repertoire, ALL FACULTY

4:45              VISIT THE EXHIBITS

6:15-8:15     Teaching Contemporary Music  ALBERTO ALMARZA 


9:30am        Competition Training– SOO-KYUNG PARK and ALBERTO ALMARZA 

10:30am      Choosing An Instrument and Repair Basics For Teachers – led by our exhibitors 

12:00            VISIT THE EXHIBITS

1:00              Pedagogy and Organizing a Private Studio– LECTURE – ALBERTO ALMARZA, SOO-KYUNG PARK and JULIE MCGOUGH

2:00              COLLABORATIVE DISCUSSION: moderated by Alberto Almarza and Soo-Kyung Park

3:00              Celebration!  Discussion and open mic flute ensemble reading sessions and socializing.  Bring your scores and flutes!

4:00           End of Session  

LODGING (not included)

Because the dorms are occupied by Carnegie Mellon Students during the school year, we are not able to offer on-campus housing in March.  A number of convenient hotels are located within a short distance to campus. Please call and mention CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY to receive the discounted rates. OFF-CAMPUS: Hampton Inn – University Center  (special TCF rate $129/night – must book through our link or by calling the hotel) LINK to our TCF special rate

  • free shuttle to CMU (hourly from the hotel, by request for pick-up)
  • free hot breakfast buffet
  • free gourmet coffee/tea bar, all day
  • fitness center
  • free Wi-Fi

Hotels recommended by Carnegie Mellon (mention you are visiting CMU when making your reservation to receive special pricing)

Transportation from airport:

  • 28x Bus service from Airport to Carnegie Mellon University, http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/Apps/pdfs/28X.PDF
  • Hotel shuttle:  Inquire with individual hotels for information and schedule
  • By taxi or car: approx. 25 minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport to Carnegie Mellon University

Additional hotels are available via the Carnegie Mellon website, which also has a comprehensive listing of hotels (some offer discounts to those visiting Carnegie Mellon), free transportation and information about visiting Pittsburgh.  Please click here to be redirected to Carnegie Mellon’s website: http://www.cmu.edu/about/visit/index.shtml Hotels located in SHADYSIDE and OAKLAND will be the closest to campus.  Many of these hotels also offer shuttle service to campus.  Example: Shadyside Inn has shuttle service to CMU from 8:00am-9:30pm – others will also offer similar shuttle times.  Please call individual hotels to setup shuttle service.

Meals (not included):

Meals are NOT included.  A variety of eateries are available on Carnegie Mellon’s campus, as well as restaurants in Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. Dining Services at Carnegie Mellon University Inspired by Carnegie Mellon University’s global reach and impact as well as its inherent tie to Pittsburgh, CMU’s dining program is globally inspired and locally rooted. We are passionate about bringing global flavors and cuisines to our students’ tables and equally committed to serving fresh, local ingredients while also supporting local restaurateurs who make CMU’s eating scene eclectic, delicious, and healthy. Carnegie Mellon students are driven, busy, and on-the-go no matter the time of day. Our dining model enhances the student academic experience by offering convenient options at more than 34 campus locations. By providing dining venues right where our students live, study, work, and socialize – with flexible hours for both the early birds and the night owls – dining at CMU fosters a community-oriented experience for the entire campus. Dining options and cuisines are as diverse as the students we serve. Ethnic options abound – Indian, Pan-Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean are just a sampling of the global cuisines we are proud to offer. Health nuts have options at every location on campus, including fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and seasonal fruits, as well as eateries dedicated to vegan and vegetarian meals, smoothies, and build-your-own salads.  For those late night study sessions when only a pizza will do or when it’s wing night for our sports enthusiasts, we have those indulgent options, too.