Piano and Irish flute.
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Rachel Clark offers lessons in piano and Irish flute. She enjoys working with students of all ages—children, teens and adults.
Rachel has been performing around New England since 2000 with Celtic bands such as Blackbird, Wind that Shakes the Barley, Skellig and Kibling Hill, as well as contra dance and English Country Dance ensembles. She performs on piano, Irish flute, whistles, and accordion.
Rachel is happy to give coaching to teens or adults who have an Irish flute and want to learn to play traditional folk melodies. These could be weekly lessons or by appointment. Those who already play silver flute will find many similarities and will likely be able to focus on learning Irish ornamentation early on.
Classically trained in piano, Rachel is also adept at playing by ear and accompanying traditional folk music, as well as composing original tunes. She is happy to coach students in any of these skills, and enthusiastic about getting beginners started off with a positive experience of making music on the piano.
Beginners typically spend a good deal of time playing off-book with Rachel, gaining technique and learning pieces that would be too difficult to read at first. Reading is introduced gradually and emphasizes intervalic reading (recognizing the distance between notes). Rachel draws from a variety of materials and method books, among them Faber, Piano Safari and Keith Snell. She thoroughly enjoys the flexibility and creativity required to teach each unique student. Please get in touch if you are curious about getting started, or continuing where you left off!
Rachel currently teaches weekly piano lessons on Monday through Friday afternoons at Seven Stars, typically 45 minute sessions. For adults who cannot commit to weekly lessons, weekend coaching is available by appointment. (Do you want some help understanding chords? Help with a particular piece you are working on? Ideas for moving past your sticking point?)