Flute Studio of Professor Fiona Wilkinson

Public and prospective students most welcome to all masterclasses and performances.

Course Information 2009-10

View the Masterclass Schedule Here

Pertinent to all undergraduate and graduate students
This document outlines guidelines and grading information for your flute studies.  Please read it carefully.  In addition, it is your responsibility to know the contents of the UWO Music Performance Studies Handbook.


How to Reach Me
Email:  fwilkins@uwo.ca
Office:  661-2111 ex. 84322   Don Wright Faculty of Music Building - Studio 241
Emergency flute repairs can be done by Music Aid in London (519-433-3343) or
Jay Gemmil in Toronto (416-463-9461).

Flute lessons begin the week of September 14.  Undergraduate and graduate lessons are weekly, 50 minutes in length, 12 lessons each term.  Third-and fourth-year performance majors along with graduate students are entitled to an additional 30 minutes of lesson time for recital preparation. 

Lesson times are a precious commodity – you are expected to guard this time slot against other potential conflicts in your schedule. Absences should be the result of an illness.  If you are ill, please send a courtesy email immediately to inform me of your pending absence.  According to policy, lessons cancelled by a student will not be made up.  Lessons postponed or cancelled by the studio professor will be made up at a mutually convenient time.

I expect you to be warmed up before playing in a lesson. Please book your lesson time accordingly. Specific tasks will be assigned weekly.  Please bring to your lessons a notebook in which to write down these assignments.

Pianists are required in the flute studio every other lesson (twice a month) for 30 minutes. In addition, they are required for all masterclasses, class recitals and Performance department juries.
It is your responsibility to pay the pianist according to a mutual arrangement.


Thursdays at 12:30 in  Music Building Studio 18
October 1, 15, 29  November 12   January 14, 28   February 25  March 4

View the Masterclass Schedule Here

Masterclass offers a wonderful extension to flute studio work.  The focus of the class is to provide an opportunity to develop both performance and evaluative (verbal) skills in a supportive environment.  Students will be assigned to perform on specific dates throughout the year.  The schedule for the entire year will be sent by email in September. It will always be posted on my door.  Each student will be given a 15-20 minute in which to perform flute repertoire with piano accompaniment. Class discussion following each performance involves evaluations volunteered by peers guided by the professor. This requires an involved approach to listening during performances and a willingness to develop vocabulary and personal skills in the evaluation process. It is an opportunity for performers and listeners to explore performance issues, interpretation and technique. Colleagues and friends are most welcome to attend.

Attendance at every masterclass is mandatory. Piano accompaniment is required for all repertoire that involves piano.  Repertoire must have had a prior coaching in a lesson before a performance in Masterclass.  Performances will be recorded in MP3 format for future review.

Changes to the date of your performance in Masterclass should be done only in the event that an unavoidable academic conflict occurs. Changes should be handled directly with other students and their pianists, not through the professor. 


Class Recitals 
Friday, November 20, 2009 from  6– 7:30 p.m. in von Kuster Hall
Friday, February 5, 2010  6 –7:30 p.m. in von Kuster Hall

There will be one class recital each term. These are viewed in our studio as an additional masterclass without the verbal evaluative aspect. These performances provide an opportunity to perform in Von Kuster Hall with a supportive audience of family and friends. Repertoire will be chosen in consultation with your studio professor and a final program will be sent electronically two weeks prior to the performance.


All undergraduates must play an orchestral flute jury in December (3rd- and 4th-year performance majors) or a repertoire jury in April (all other undergraduates).  Details can be found in the Music Performance Department Handbook.

Please ensure that all relevant dates are booked with your pianist in September.


Studio Lessons
I will keep a weekly lesson log documenting your progress. You will receive a progress report at the end of term one and a final report at the end of April.  This will assess your ability to carry out weekly assignments, research your repertoire through active listening in the music library, prepare your scores for your lesson, work with your collaborative pianist and develop a technical and interpretive expertise relative to your ability.

Masterclass is worth 10% of your final Applied Music mark.  Performance preparation, attendance and participation in class discussion are evaluators when determining your mark.

For a complete grading breakdown of jury mark, studio mark and performance class mark for each studio course number, please consult the Music Performance Studies Handbook.


I greatly look forward to our year together.  Have a great 2009-10!

Professor Fiona Wilkinson


UWO Policy Statement:  In order to ensure fairness and consistency for all students, medical documentation is required for absences in accordance with The University of Western Ontario Policy for Accommodation for Medical Illness found at: