Cassie Lear, flute
My teaching focuses on creating an environment tailored to every student’s individual needs by working with them to identify and achieve goals. Playing music is a joy on its own, but also reinforces skills such as nonverbal communication, anticipating problems, and practical problem solving. Music students also learn the value of practicing consistently instead of cramming at the end – flute is one thing you cannot possibly succeed at by last-minute practice! I love teaching music and appreciate the moments when a student succeeds at a hard passage they’ve struggled with, when they feel that they’ve given a meaningful performance, and when they can look back on all they’ve learned and feel proud of their hard work.
Cassie has taught flute at Music Works Northwest, at Edmonds Public Schools, and at three school districts in the Dallas area. She has served as a clinician at the Texas Flute Festival and been a preliminary judge for multiple flute competitions including Seattle’s Horsfall Competition. In 2018-19, as a member of the Seattle Flute Society Board, Cassie will be the director for the SFS Horsfall Competition. She has also tutored music history at both the University of North Texas and the University of Oregon. Cassie holds a Bachelor of Music from University of Oregon and a Master of Music from University of North Texas.
In the past, her flute students have won regional competitions (one won a new professional-level flute as a first-place award), performed in Texas Regionals contests, and been admitted to the University of North Texas to study music education. Cassie is very proud of what her students have achieved and believes that her most important job is to bring out the best in her students and help them achieve the goals that they set for themselves.
Cassie performs regularly with the flute/marimba duo SoundPoint and has freelanced for orchestras in the Seattle area including the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and the Sound Edge Orchestra. She also focuses in contemporary performance and has recorded over 50 world premieres. In 2017, Cassie won the Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Maverick Flute Competition. She has also performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, the UNT Wind Symphony, and the Tillandsia Duo.