Chicago native flutist Caitlin Boruch has studied the flute since age 10.  She earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Iowa, studying with Robert Dick and Tadeu Coelho, and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of California­ Santa Barbara, studying with Jill Felber.  During her studies she performed in masterclasses, summer festivals, and concerts with Robin Fellows, Michel Debost, Wendy Mehne, Alexa Still, Donald Peck, Carol Wincenc, and Sir James Galway. As an instructor, Caitlin has served on the faculty of the International Community Music School­Basel (ICMS) in Basel, Switzerland, the International School of Music (ISM) in Bethesda, Maryland, taught chamber music at the Music Academy of the West’s MERIT Extended Program in Santa Barbara, California, and served as the flute, piano, and chamber music teaching artist with the New West Symphony’s Harmony Project.  Caitlin has also maintained a studio of private flute students for fifteen years.

Students

Caitlin’s students are active in their musical communities.  Current students perform with Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras, participate in studio-sponsored activities and outreach opportunities, play in MTAC and NFMC events like Certificate of Merit and Junior Festival, and lead their flute sections in the top chairs at several local middle and high schools.

Caitlin’s former students have performed in the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Honor Band, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition, and honor bands/orchestras in Santa Barbara district and Ventura Counties and Montgomery and Prince George, MD counties.   Students have earned certificates of proficiency/merit with the ISM Curriculum Merits, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), and Music Teacher Association of California (MTAC) Certificate of Merit.  Her students have also been awarded scholarships for their musical endeavors and have attended the following universities: Stanford, MIT, CalTech, UCLA, UCSB, and Princeton.

Currently Caitlin enjoys teaching privately in Ventura and Santa Barbara County and the chamber music director at La Reina High School.  She is an active Member of the National Flute Association (NFA) the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), and the Music Teacher Association of California (MTAC).  Caitlin lives in Thousand Oaks, California with her husband and dog, Pearl Pearlman.

Teaching Philosophy

As a private lesson teacher, chamber music coach, and director of larger ensembles, I believe that pursuit of new information should be gathered by three goals: to acquire and utilize the unique formula in which each student learns best, to help students realize that with any pursuit there is both talent and dedicated work needed, and to harbor an environment that allows the student to enjoy their journey of learning.

Through teaching music throughout the US and in Europe, I realize that learning is unique to each student. Every student brings his/her own learning style and background to scholarship, and helping them discover the unique ways in which they learn is an adventure I enjoy undertaking. For instance, when starting with a new student, I teach three simple terms or concepts to the student. I introduce each new item in a different way, using auditory, visual, or kinesthetic methods. Depending on the retention of the new material, I determine the easiest way to teach and I plan pedagogy practices accordingly. Likewise, I format lessons with reliable
structure and ask parents to encourage consistent practice in an effort to make music study a dependable aspect of daily life.

Music is often considered the universal language, but I believe there are facets of community that are also universal including humor, positivity, respect, and fellowship. Therefore, I involve lightheartedness in private lessons by making students laugh as much as I can, inspiring by positive reinforcement and encouragement, listening to students’ ideas and concerns, and treating students as I would a friend.

Although my background is primarily in teaching the flute, I realize I’m teaching more than music. I’m helping my students learn how they learn. I encourage consistency in study, self-discipline, and work ethic. I support them while they set and achieve their goals. Through this, though, I strive for a fun learning environment where I can be an advocate, mentor, and friend.

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