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Mana Washio: Testimonials

Testimonials from the flute students and their parents:

Working with Mana has made a tremendous difference for my daughter. My daughter loved her previous teacher, but we knew it was time to expand her reach, and we are so glad we found Mana. Mana is patient, yet demanding. She requires excellence of her students, but without putting on undue pressure. When something is difficult, she finds multiple ways to work on things so that the student isn't just spinning their wheels doing the same thing over and over.

Her knowledge of the repertoire needed in order to prepare for college is extensive, so if you are thinking of majoring in music, you will be well prepared. She is incredibly accommodating, and she is worth every penny that we pay her for my daughter's lessons.

Mana is well connected in the music world in Boston, so there is a lot of opportunity to be exposed to others in the field, and she often passes on information on recitals and concerts. She has monthly studio classes, so students get to experience playing with an accompanist and playing in front of other people, which is a very important part of learning to play an instrument.

So you've got the trifecta of lessons, performance, and listening opportunities, which are all essential in becoming a musician. I could go on and on, but I am just thrilled that we were referred to her and that she's teaching my daughter.

- Rachael M.

I'm a parent of a now-21 year old who has studied with Mana for half his life! I swear that she has helped us raise him. :) Mana has kept lessons fun yet challenging over the many years that our son has taken lessons. She even adapted the music they've worked on to reflect his interests, while keeping up with the classics of the flute repertoire. I really appreciate her good nature and candor! I cannot recommend her highly enough for flute students of any age or ability.

- Susan C.

She is an excellent teacher for all ages, and supports students emotionally as well as with their technical proficiency and musicality. Lessons are individualized and tailored to meet each student's needs. I highly recommend her!

- Kathy K.

Mana is a very professional flute teacher who is able to work with any ability level. I took lessons from her from 6th grade until the end of high school and was taught at the level I was comfortable at but also was constantly challenged to work harder and advance in my practice. I highly recommend her to anyone, whether you are young or old, looking to become a professional flutist or just continue flute as a hobby!

- Moe W.