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Linda McClusky

East Greenbush, NY 12061 (map)

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Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

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About Me

I have taught privately for many years. A number of my students have gone to college as music majors and are now teachers themselves. I accept students from sixth grade through college. I will also accept exceptionally motivated adults. I am the Director of Instrumental Music at Emma Willard School, a 1/2 time position. I teach on Wednesdays during the day, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday mornings.I adore my students! Ps: Millions more testimonials if you would like them.

My Musical Education Background

Eastman School of Music, BM
The College of St. Rose, MS

Genres and Subjects Taught

I direct the orchestra and string ensemble at Emma Willard School.
I have taught private flute lessons at Albany Academy for Girls, Averill Park High School and Columbia High School. I was the adjunct flute professor at the College of Saint Rose for several years.

Lesson Rates

Most students do well with half hour lessons. They are $30 per half hour.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Grade 6-12 and exceptionally motivated adults.

My Certifications and Awards

Certified by New York State as a music teacher.

My Musical Influences

I was deeply influenced by Joseph Mariano at Eastman and by Julius Baker when I was studying for my masters degree.

Service Area

Student Reviews

Louisville, KY

Linda taught me in the 80's at a small private school as a middle school student through my first few years of college. She instilled such a love of music in me and was an exceptional teacher and encourager. I'm 47 now and havevmy own business in another field, but I still pick up my flute and piccolo from time to time and it brings my memories right back! She was great at helping me pick pieces that highlighted and enhanced my particular talents, as well as not letting me pass by pieces that would challenge me. I've thought of her often over the years and would love her to know just how wonderful a teacher she was to me!

Camby, IN

A truly wonderful, gifted and living teacher who is willing to go the extra mile for her students. I am pretty sure neither one of us want me to put how long it has been since I was blessed to be one of her students... but when a student from this far back (who isn't even musically talented) remembers the impact enough to look her up then you know she is making a difference.

Troy, NY

This testimonial is from a fellow music teacher. Linda McClusky is one of the finest music teachers that I have worked with throughout my career. Linda's knowledge of all aspects of performance with regards to style and technique is first rate, and her ability to get even the youngest student playing musically with the most beautiful tone is unique. She is the first person I would recommend to students looking for a private flute teacher, and without fail those students would be playing so much better in a short amount of time. Additionally, within a few years most of them would be playing some of the more challenging NYSSMA solos and receiving high grades. Linda's personality is most unassuming and friendly, and she has a wonderful sense of humor. Students are at once put at ease and enjoy the time they spend with Linda learning and making music. Without a doubt she is one of the finest teachers I have had the pleasure to know.

East Greenbush, NY

I can't believe the end of my senior year is here! Saturday morning lessons were one of the highlights of my high school career. You helped me progress from a level 3 to a 5 my sophomore year and to make the Empire State Wind Orchestra. All the while you made lessons fun, exciting, and worth getting up for on a Saturday morning! You have shaped my love of music tremendously and I will think of you when I play flute for the rest of my life.

Slingerlands, NY

Thank you for your guidance over the past three years. You have shared your knowledge not only of how to play the flute, but also how to transform it into an instrument of beauty and expression, a timeless lesson.

Nassau, NY

Thank you so much for all you have taught me through the years. I honestly have no idea where I would be in my musical life without you. Without you I have no idea what I would want to do in my life. I can't even begin to explain how eternally grateful I am for everything. You are the main reason why I'm still musically involved. Thank you so very, very much. (Ashley went on to major in music in 2013 at Ithaca College)

Nassau, NY

You are a major part in my making the Empire State Youth Orchestra and getting a perfect score on a level 6 solo at NYSSMA. I have improved so much because of you.

Albany, NY

This is a parent testimonial: Thank you so much for another great year of teaching our daughter. We can see and hear from her that you not only give her guidance on the flute but also other personal encouragement and support. Only at the recital did we realize how much progress she has made with you musically. (June 2014)

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