Michelle Stockman is a flutist and piccolo player from New England who enjoys an active career in New York City. Praised for her sensitivity and versatility, she is the principal flutist of LoftOpera and a freelancer with groups such as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), and The Chelsea Symphony. Passionate about flute pedagogy and music education, she is a dedicated private instructor and previously served on faculty at The Fort Lee School of Music. In 2014, Michelle was awarded Second Prize in the New York Flute Club Competitions. Michelle holds both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Mannes College The New School for Music and The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, respectively. Her primary instructors were Judith Mendenhall, Janet Arms, Melissa Mielens, and Terry D’Errico, for whom she is grateful for.
When she is not working, teaching, practicing, or rehearsing with one of the many ensembles she performs with, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors: hiking, skiing, swimming, camping, and reading.
Wednesday, December 12th &
Thursday, December 13th, 2019
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001
As human beings, we have the unique and natural ability to be sentient, or respond to the world, aesthetically. For the interest of this world and the people who inhabit it, the ability to do this – to be aware of our existence and feel compassionate as sentient human beings – is necessary and beautiful. Unlike many other areas of study, the study of the arts can help develop this gift as it teaches all three realms of knowledge of being: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. The study of music, more specifically, simultaneously aids in the development of multiple areas of the brain; music is mathematical, scientific, historical, a foreign language, physical, and an art. Further, studying any of the arts innately develops a student’s ability to problem solve, think critically, collaborate, and remain open to constructive criticism. Through music and the arts, a student’s imagination, creativity, and innovation are preserved and further, nourished. These latter skill sets in particular, are essential for life in today’s society. I am passionate about teaching because I have learned, first-hand, that regardless of which profession one chooses, studying the arts can equip all people, especially children, for success in their personal lives, careers, and as active members of their communities. I truly believe that music makes us “smarter” and more importantly, better people.
My journey as a teacher began during early high school at our district’s summer start-up program for young beginners and I have since had the great pleasure of mentoring students of all ages and levels, through age 83! I currently offer private instruction in Manhattan.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information or to schedule your first lesson!