About: Diane Taublieb
- Role : Winds, Brass, & Percussion
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- Experience :
- Specialist in : Flute and Saturday Music Project Faculty (Flute)
Instrument you teach: Flute
Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? No, I just hang out with my kids and puppy.
- Doctor of Musical Arts from the Graduate Center of CUNY
- Master of Music from SUNY Stony Brook
- Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany
Where are you from? Long Island, New York
Favorite age group to teach: From ages 6-108
Favorite style of music to teach: Classical
Favorite song: “Is there a Maddy in the House” (a song I made up to sing to my puppy). I love this song, not because I made it up or because it’s a great piece of music (it’s not!), but because Maddy gets so excited when she hears it.
Favorite piece of music: I don’t have a favorite piece of music, composer, or musician; depending on my mood, I’m inclined to listen to different composers, different music, different performers, and different styles of music.
Favorite food: Vanilla, coffee, or mint ice cream with big dark chocolate chunks
Favorite color: Purple
Do you have a pet? (Describe them): I have a seven-month-old puppy named Maddy. She’s a rescue pup. She looks like she’s part Jack Russell Terrier, part Dachshund, and part Beagle. She’s mostly white with a half-black face, one large black spot on her back, and a heart-shaped black spot on her left front paw. She loves to play with other dogs and has a limitless supply of energy to do so.
What’s your favorite musical memory? My favorite musical memory is about the first ‘classical’ piece of music I learned that ‘spoke’ to me. It was the slow movement from the E-flat major flute sonata by J.S. Bach—the Siciliano. I remember thinking that classical music could be really beautiful. I discovered a real love for playing the flute and non-popular music with that movement.
What do you like best about teaching music? I love meeting and interacting with my students, in addition to getting to know them as learners and as multi-faceted individuals. I love the challenge of keeping things fresh, for both the student and myself. I truly enjoy sharing information about subjects that are near and dear to my heart and mind.
What is the first piece of music you ever learned? I believe that it was “Lightly Row.” I often assign the same piece to my students.
How many hours a day do you practice? When I was a student, and had a lot more time than I do now, I would practice between four and six hours a day, plus more time for rehearsals. These days, with family responsibilities, teaching responsibilities etc., I am lucky to get in one to two hours a day.
Accomplishments: My greatest musical accomplishment was receiving my D.M.A. – Doctor of Music Arts degree.
Fun Facts: I love to laugh, and I strive to make the challenge of learning the flute a fun one.