An active performer, Tessa Brinckman teaches western classical music for the flute, with all its traditions and innovations. Her knowledge and experience offers a solid foundation for all kinds of great flute-playing, whether orchestral, solo, chamber, contemporary, non-western, or jazz. She teaches masterclasses here in the USA and abroad, and has served on the faculties of Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College. TessaFluteStanding2011WebsizeCrossProcess

She has studied Body Mapping principles with Barbara Conable and shares this approach with her students towards health and freedom in performance. She encourages curiosity, self-discipline, creativity and problem-solving, teaching from the broadest cultural, philosophical and historical perspectives to the smallest details between the notes.

Her own extensive studies include those with Keith Underwood (flute), Janet See (baroque flute) and teachers from the Kirana and Ali Akbar Khan traditions of Hindustani music. She has a Masters Degree in Flute Performance from Portland State University, and a Bachelors Degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

For upcoming educational events go to Calendar.


What students say…

“You have helped me grow in so many ways – both musically and personally…you always knew what to say to get me to perform at that next level….I absolutely loved and appreciated your energy, and the way you believed in and pushed me to limits I didn’t even know I had…” (Kaleigh Hull)

“I was incredibly lucky that Tessa Brinckman was the flute teacher I found…Tessa is very detail-oriented, but is uncanny in her ability to simplify what skills I need to focus on developing without overwhelming me. She knows where to concentrate on precision for my level of play which keeps me challenged, but not overwhelmed…I am now progressing at a gratifying pace thanks to the guidance I receive from my wise mentor who clearly can teach as well as she plays…”(KO’C)  CaballitoNegroFENAMmasterclass2015

“… As I had no formal training in music, I entered Tessa’s course with great trepidation, and struggled with the language of music. Tessa’s gracious and generous nature led me to embrace a greater appreciation of, and love for, music. The encouragement I received has carried over into other areas of my life. I owe her more than she will ever know…” (Cheryl Wooldridge)

Tessa aged 10 playing flute duets with her Aunt Athena

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated into action. And because there is only one of you in all time this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist though any other medium and will be lost. . .The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly. . .to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. . .You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channels open!” – Martha Graham