Felicity Flynn is a professional pianist and teacher and tertiary qualified with a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University.
She was naturally drawn to the instrument since she was young and commenced formal piano lessons at the age of 7. After she completed her VCE Music Solo Performance in classical piano at Billanook College, she then went on to study pianoforte professionally with Robert Chamberlain at Monash University and then later with Darryl Coote (from The Team of the Pianists).
She graduated with a Bachelor of Music and Graduate of Diploma of Education (Secondary) in 2012 from Monash University and received the Dean's Recognition Award for her studies. Upon graduation, she has taught professionally with a number of leading music institutions as well as with her own private teaching business. She has taught students with learning impairments and gifted students, all with exceptional outcomes.
Although, she is classically trained, she has developed a particular interest in the music of Spain and Argentina including the composers Ernesto Lecuona, Albeniz, Ginastera and Astor Piazzola. Some of her favourite past repertoire include:
- Ginastera, Argentinian Dance No. 2
- Granados, Spanish Dance No. 5
- Piazzola, Libertango
- Ernesto Lecuona, Malaguena
She values a growth mindset to teaching and maintains a strong commitment to ongoing professional learning, always looking for ways to improve her teaching and the learning experiences and outcomes of her students.
She performs on a regular basis for the elderly at nursing homes around Melbourne, using her musical gifts to uplift and empower others on an emotional and spiritual level.
Languages and dance are also strong interests of hers, and she continues to be involved in both areas.
***She holds a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) and VIT Teacher Registration.
Felicity's role as a teacher is multi-faceted. She concerns herself not only with developing a student's technical, musical and expressive abilities at the piano, but also providing students with the direction and support they need to overcome emotional barriers or change negative or self-limiting core beliefs that may impede their abilities at the piano or in life. She has a friendly, kind-hearted and patient demeanour and encourages students to develop the resilience required to attain their musical goals.
Felicity understands that each student is unique and each lesson is tailored to the individual needs of the student, not only their visual, aural and kinaesthetic learning style preferences but even preferred techniques and fingerings will be largely influenced by the physiology of the hand. Where necessary she breaks new material down into smaller, simpler and more manageable tasks and uses effective practice techniques so that the student can learn new material with confidence and ease. She believes in the development of the complete musician, which requires aural, sight reading, technical and expressive skill development and the support of a strong theoretical knowledge.
Felicity is a highly dedicated, positive and caring teacher. She is passionate about her music and driven to help her students achieve their musical milestones and express themselves freely at the piano. She listens diligently to students and their parents and values their feedback. Students learn in a warm and relaxed environment. She allows each student to learn comfortably at his or her own pace and no pressure is placed on students to complete formal examinations.
The most rewarding part of her job is not only seeing her students flourish on a musical level, but also helping them grow in self-confidence and self-esteem and become happy, well-balanced individuals.