Charlotte Betry began her classical training at a very young age on piano and continued her love for music on flute at the age of 9. Ms. Betry began studying under Yamaha Performing Artist, Tracy Harris in 2004 and continued her studies with Ms. Harris for eight years before transferring to California State University, Northridge in fall of 2012 where she continues her studies under Sandra Kipp. Ms. Betry is currently working towards her Bachelors of Music Performance degree which she will complete in spring of 2014. Following graduation she plans to continue her education pursing a Master of Music degree in Flute performance.
In 2009, Ms. Betry became a member of the Kings Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Sequoias. She is currently a member of the Wyndfall Chamber Orchestra, the Sterling Flute Choir and the California State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble. Charlotte has attended master classes with artists such as Nicola Mazzanti, Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Heather Clark, Mary-Karen Clardy and John Barcellona to name a few. Charlotte also does freelance work in Southern California and Central California and maintains a private flute studio.
Charlotte is available for private flute lessons on Saturdays.
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
John Goldman discovered his calling at the tender age of 7 when he picked up his first trumpet. It was quite apparent that he was gifted with a special aptitude for music when he became one of the youngest members of the Dick Grove School of Music while in junior high school, then moved on to join the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic Orchestra in high school, and later, the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop.
John attended California State University, Northridge where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Music Education. John has put his degree to good use, having amassed 30 years of teaching experience through various institutions and programs including his position as Band Director at Turning Point School where he taught Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Elementary After-School Jazz Rock Band, Level Five Beginning Band and Level Six Intermediate Band, as well his position as Jazz Band Director at the prestigious Thacher School. Outside of school settings, he was also a part of the Gretzen Company, and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Party Jazz. Currently he teaches music for grades K-6 in Santa Clarita as well as here at Monster Music Lessons.
When asked what he loves most about teaching John’s answer comes like second nature to him: “I love seeing excitement in my students when they are able to really play their first song with confidence. It’s about passing the gift on. The goal with my teaching style is very much to get the kids to start playing songs and melodies immediately so that they have fun and don’t even realize how much they are learning at the same time.”
We can all agree that an effective learning environment is fostered by the enthusiasm of the teacher and their ability to enable students to enjoy the learning process. Without a doubt, John Goldman has mastered that approach; it is proven by the fact that all of his students have gone on to become first chair players in their school bands and honor bands.
John is available for private brass and woodwind lessons on Thursdays and Sundays, or by appointment.