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Theresa - Prof music reading - Springfield
  • (5 reviews)
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Lessons offered by Theresa
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Flute
  • Recorder
  • All Levels

Classically trained flutist with 20 years of teaching the flute and Irish whistle.


Learning an instrument has so many benefits. Students are able to concentrate better in school, grades tend to be better, they have improved dexterity, and may and even feel like they are learning a second language when learning to read and "speak" music. My main goal in teaching is to improve students' confidence. I know that when students progress on their instruments, they become more sure of themselves and carry that with them in other aspects of their lives. My teaching approach for adult students is to allow them to guide their learning process. I become more supportive in my teacher role and let them choose their own musical paths.


I am a flutist who has played and taught in the United States and Europe. I have taught flute and piccolo lessons, music history, music theory, band, woodwind quintet, flute choirs, ensembles, and the Irish Whistle. Currently, I have 20 students but have had 45 in the past. I have a bachelor's degree in music from Western Illinois University and a master's degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois. My teachers include James Pellerite, Gerry Carey, and Alexander Murray and have had lessons with Trevor Wye and Jean Claude Gerard.


Transportation Fee : $5
Rate for online lessons : $45/h


I recommend for beginners to take 30-minute lessons. I offer 30-minute lessons at $25, 45-minute lessons at $36, and hour lessons for $50. The first lesson is free and typically I will periodically add extra time to a lesson without charge. I require 12 hours notice for cancellation.

Lessons offered by Theresa
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Flute
  • Recorder
  • All Levels

Theresa's resume

Theresa K. O’Hare
M.A. B.A.

Teaching Experience:

August 2020- 2021 Little Flower School
General Music Teacher Grades Prek-8th
Springfield, Illinois

2017- 2019 Sacred Heart-Griffin High School
Grade and High School Band Director
Springfield, Illinois

Lead grade and high school students in directing and coaching band practices
Plan and choose programs for band concerts
Compose program notes for the concerts
Assess students and grade according to a developed rubric
Teach and coach music and playing techniques
Communicate with parents and administrators
Teach students at the grade school level
Coordinate logistical details for field trips and band tours
Coordinate and plan details for contests and honors concerts
Coordinate rehearsals in preparation for contests
Coordinate band fundraiser
Perform all other duties as needed

2013-2020 LLCC Community College
Adjunct Music and flute professor
Springfield, Illinois

Teach “Music Appreciation” and “Music in America” classes
Follow common core standards and assessments
Correct and grade concert review papers
Hold office hours as needed
Professional teaching evaluations, as well as student evaluations, are available upon request.

2004-Present Private Flute Teacher
Flute Teacher and Music Coach
Springfield, Illinois

Teach all ages flute, Irish Whistle and Music theory
Prepare students for ILMEA, Solo and Ensemble contest and recitals.
Prepare for band and orchestra chair placement
Prepare for college auditions
Several students have been chosen for ILMEA band and orchestra positions, and have received the “Judges Choice” award at the solo and ensemble competitions.

Spring, 2012 Elementary Education Teacher
Blackhawk and Wanless Elementary Schools
Springfield, Illinois

Taught grades 1-5 the basics of music. Incorporated musical technology including Garage Band and IPad’s Real Piano into the curriculum.
Was a permanent Substitute teacher for the duration of my assignment

2003-2004 Flute Teacher
Conservatory of Central Illinois
Champaign, Illinois

2002-2004 Flute and Music Theory Teacher
Illinois Summer Youth Music
Champaign- Urbana, Illinois

Taught intermediate and advanced sessions
Prepared students for the final concert
Conducted a flute choir
Coached ensembles and taught theory for intermediate and advanced sessions

2000-2003 Teaching Assistant
University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Taught undergraduate and graduate flute students and worked for three years as a teaching assistant to Alexander Murray, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois C-U
Taught students to prepare for recitals and juries
Collaborated on rehearsals and performances
Taught flute methods classes
Organized and directed a flute choir
Substitute taught the flute techniques class under Professor Murray

1991-2000 Flute Teacher
Musikschule Schramberg
Schramberg, Germany

Taught flute students between the ages of 9 and 22
Prepared students for recitals and state
Organized and directed a flute choir
Organized and prepared students for school musicals, band and orchestra concerts
Attended faculty meetings and performed in faculty recitals


2011- Present Flute, piccolo and Irish whistles
Perform at local and regional venues in Central Illinois
Opened for The John Byrne Band, Gaelic Storm, Candyi Gold and Billy Bob Thornton

2008- 2016 Flute and piccolo
The Samba Llama Band

2007- 2015 Flute, whistle and piccolo
The Emerald Underground

2004- 2008 Piccolo
Sugar Creek Symphony and Song
Watseka, Illinois

2003-2009 Principal Flute
Kankakee Symphony Orchestra
Kankakee, Illinois

1998-2000 Piccolo and Flute
Stadtisches Orchester Pforzheim
Pforzheim, Germany

1996-2000 Piccolo
Wuerttembergischen Philharmonie
Reutlingen, Germany

1993-2000 Piccolo
Villingen- Schwenningen Orchester
Villingen, Germany


2002-2004 Coursework towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts
University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana Illinois

2000-2002 Master of Music in flute performance
University of Illinois
Champaign- Urbana, Illinois

1987-1991 Bachelor of Music in flute performance
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

1985-1987 56 Hours in Bachelor of Music Degree
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana


Organized several community programs and events
Ability to multitask and successfully complete several tasks simultaneously
Excellent verbal & written communication skills
Proficient keyboarding skills/data entry
Proficient in Word, Google Docs and Excel, and Powerpoint
Excel in the operation of Blackboard and other electronic educational interfaces
Basic Knowledge of Garage Band, MuseScore, and PreSonus Studio One
Fluent in German
Over 20 years of teaching experience
Trained as a classical flute player, experienced in playing Celtic/Jazz/ Latin/ World Music and Improvisation
Teach music theory/ music history/ music appreciation
Conduct band/ coach various instruments
Conduct Flute Ensembles
Performed and taught in Europe and the United States
Performed in Contemporary Music Ensembles
Play Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, and Irish Whistle

The 5 reviews on Theresa
  • 5/5

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Perfect! Very knowledgable about music theory and playing the instrument I am interested in. Very patient and encouraging. Her teaching style is perfect for an adult student acting more as a mentor focusing on the help her student needs. I look forward to the lesson each week.

4 recommendations


I was Theresa's student from 2006-2010, and even though it's been a decade (WOW!) now since I took flute lessons with her, I still attribute a lot of my successes directly to her. Her teaching helped me make IMEA all-district three times, and all-state band my senior year, as well as several blue ribbon solos, including a Judge's Choice my last year. I also had the greatest fortune of joining the Marching Illini after Theresa helped me with my audition. MI made some of the greatest memories of my life, as well as a vast professional network--this wouldn't have been possible without Theresa. All these experiences not only made playing flute fun and rewarding, but gave me confidence, poise, and showed me what hard work can achieve. If I had practiced as much as Theresa told me to, with her musical technique and interpretation, I could have gone so much farther in music. I whole-heartedly recommend taking flute lessons from her, regardless of what your goals in music are.


Theresa is a very versatile performer as a flautist, and an engaging and friendly teacher. If you, or your kid, are wanting to learn to play the flute, you will be delighted with Theresa's online lessons!


We were referred to Theresa O'Hare by my daughter's band teacher SEVEN years ago. Under Theresa's instruction Claire has been made All-District seven times and All-State twice. Our preference is in person lessons but during the Covid-19 pandemic, lessons were virtual. Claire continued to thrive. Theresa has not only taught Claire to play the flute, she has taught her Music Theory and Music History. Theresa recently helped Claire prepare for her Senior recital. We could not have been happier. I can not give a higher recommendation for Theresa O'Hare. I fully believe my daughter's success is directly tied to working with Theresa.


I'm reed player that started playing flute as an adult, and I needed some help getting going. A Facebook friend recommended Theresa. She was very helpful and supportive and eagerly adapted the lessons to my skills and interests. For me, her style was a good fit, highly recommended.

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