Hi there folks.
So glad you have dropped by to say Hello.
Below you will find a little information about me and my teaching studio.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Teaching Studio Policies -
First of all I teach people individually and teach differently for different people - as every student is an individual and has their own learning style.
I teach in a studio in Lower Sunbury, Surrey, U.K.
The 216 bus stops almost outside (the stop to get off at is called The Avenue) and there is a parking lot right next door.
I charge £18. for a 30 minute lesson which is payable on the day of the lesson. At this moment I teach Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Having said this I sometimes also teach on other days. So let me know what works for you.
I have a positive and relaxed approach to life and teaching but one thing I must really insist on is this. If you can’t come to a lesson please please let me know the day before; otherwise I will need to charge you for the lesson.
Just FYI. I don’t teach by the term. I teach all year around including summers and we try to have in July of each year a Music Sharing Event where we all play music for each other. Having said this - Students can take time out whenever they want as long as I know a few weeks ahead of time.
I have been teaching since I was in my teens (so a long time). It started in High School where I would help other students with their music during lunch hours. I have been teaching privately for 30 years (in Canada and the U.K. - moved to the U.K. in 2007); as well as for various school boards.
I love to teach and love my students. Music is to enrich our lives. It is always my great pleasure to encourage people and help them to achieve and enjoy their musical goals.
For further information about Colleen check out www.elflauto.ca
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What the Audience Says
Denis Bedard - well known Canadian composer and Music Director of Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver, Canada says, "Colleen Muriel is an outstanding flutist. A born musician, her technique is highly developed and her playing is musically excellent and very imaginative. A very hard worker, she also has a warm personality. She loves playing flute for audiences and audiences love her."
Colleen is indeed a rather exceptional musician, deeply committed to making the best of herself as a flautist, not from any desire to be a 'star' but simply from her passion to express herself through music. In my ten years of being an activity organizer I have very rarely been lucky enough to find a musician as talented as Colleen Muriel ... ... the afternoon was a true delight ... ... Kay Wheatley (Activities Organizer, Pilgrim Wood Residential Home, July 2007) -----------------------------
"Colleen plays not just from the heart, but from the very depths of her being, that is, from her soul!" Irene English......Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Emotionally saturated, wonderful flute music author: Rudolf Penner, musician, Vancouver, BC Canada Colleen's medium is the music, true music that ranks in quality with the greatest classical opera singers of 100 years ago. Her flute offerings, which span the emotional spectrum, have the a wonderful yearning timbre filled with rich colour. They are a treasure that I indulge in over and over and never tire of. Amazing!"
Biography Performing -
Flautist and composer Colleen Muriel, [M .A. (Music), B. Music, FRSM, FTCL, ARCT ] has been performing in public for many years. Venues include Holy Rosary Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and the Silk Purse, Vancouver, Canada; Telford International Centre, Telford; Regent Theatre, Ipswich; In Scotland – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Perth Concert Hall, Inverness Eden Court Theatre, and Aberdeen Music Hall; In Wales – The University of Wales, Aberystwyth; In London – Holy Trinity Church, Brompton; Regent Hall, Oxford Street (composition performed at 15th Annual London New Wind Music Festival); The Savage Club (Liberal Club) Whitehall, St. Paul’s Covent Garden (the historic actor’s church in the Covent Gardens Market Place) and The Royal Albert Hall.
Attendees at Concerts include Boris Johnson – (mayor of London) and Bear Grylls (Adventurer, writer, and Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts)
Composing Music Biography
Colleen Muriel (M.A. – music, B. Music, FRSM, FTCL, ARCT) is a Canadian composer living in London, England. The first two concerts of Colleen’s compositions were given in 1997 and 1998 in Vancouver, Canada. Since then her music has been performed and recorded in Canada, the USA, UK, Western Europe, Bulgaria, Australia, Asia (including Vietnam and Japan), and Brazil.
Her music has been featured on a number of radio stations and also been performed at The 15th London New Wind Festival; Sonic Boom (Vancouver Pro Musica); Women Composers Festival of Hartford, USA; Diamond Jubilee Concert (in honour of Queen Elizabeth's 50 year reign - London); and Music Fest Aberystwyth, Wales.
In addition her music is included in the Contemporary Showcase Syllabus of the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP) and the Compendium Musicae Flauta (the first international catalogue of flute music by women composers).
She has written and/or arranged well over 600 pieces of music for various instruments and ensembles ranging in style from simple folk melodies to the avant-garde. These works include chamber music (instrumental), a chamber opera, orchestra and choir music, string quartets, solo music for piano, flute, singers as well as hymn tunes.
She has published (El Flauto Records) a large number of sheet music books and CDs, all containing original compositions and/or arrangements.