Piano and Flute Studio

At age nine, a soon-to-be flute mentor handed me a flute. Within an hour she taught my fingers a pattern familiar to every instrumental musician — the B-flat scale. I now consider it a privilege to share that gift with other flutists and pianists through my flute and piano teaching studio. 

I hold a bachelor's degree in music performance from Washington State University (WSU) and now teach beginning and intermediate students on both instruments. My previous students have successfully performed in state solo competitions and have taken first place in regional categories. I value music theory and history equally to music performance and technique — a pianists' and flutist's ability to interpret the notes on the pages deepens with a knowledge of its origin and structure. 

My own performance experience comes from leading flute sections as principal flute and piccolo for the WSU Symphony Orchestra, WSU Flute Choir, WSU Wind Ensemble, Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra and small ensembles. I also have a background in piano performance as a classical and jazz pianist and as an accompanist.

If you and your young musician are interested in lessons, feel free to send me an email inquiry: christine.m.rushton@gmail.com. I currently teach students in Woodland and Davis, Calif., from my home. I previously taught a studio of young musicians in D.C. at the Capital Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW).