Maxx (she/her) is a classically trained flutist with a master’s degree in music from the University of Virginia. She has toured extensively in the US and Europe. As a multi-instrumentalist, Maxx is fluent in metal, jazz, classical, and free improv styles. She has a solo flute-centered doom metal project called Floom which tours and performs locally. Lessons with Maxx focus on technique, classical repertoire, composition, and improvisational skills.
What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?
Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher:
I started taking lessons very young and my practice assignments always included tone exercises, scales, etudes, and repertoire. While it may not sound exciting, I am so grateful for the discipline my teacher gave me and the muscle memory of scales and theory that have become second nature and freed me to explore other layers of musical expression.
What are your favorite bands or musicians?
Alice Coltrane, Sleep, Wolf Eyes, Clara Ward, Morton Feldman, Sam Cooke, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Pandit Pran Nath, Dolly Parton
Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?
I’ve really enjoyed the musical opportunities I’ve had since moving to Portland in 2018, particularly working with large ensembles including composing and conducting a score for the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble and being part of the Orchestra Becomes Radicalized project.
Describe your ideal student.
I love working with open-minded, curious students who are interested in investigating their own experiences as a guide to musical relationship.
Describe what your students should expect in their first few music lessons.
We’ll identify some of the joys that draw you to music, and start to design you a practice relating them to your goals.
Why did you want to become a music teacher?
I love connecting with people and encouraging growth. It’s thrilling to share the process of exploring the mysteries music has to offer.