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Priscilla Scanlan

Flute Lessons | Recorder Lessons | Artist development, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Skype Lessons

  • Qualifications: MMus (Hons), BMus (Hons), ATCL
  • Pricing: To be confirmed upon enquiry
  • Styles: All styles
  • Suitability: All ages and abilities


Priscilla Scanlan (born in Arnhem Land, Australia) graduated from the University of Auckland in 2014 with a Master of Music, under the guidance of Professor Uwe Grodd.

During her study at the University of Auckland, Priscilla had further lessons with APO piccolo player Jennifer Seddon-Mori and flautist Dr. Melody Lin. She also performed in master classes under the instruction of internationally acclaimed artists; Eric Lamb, Michel Bellavance, Rosamund Plummer, Marya Martin and James Kortum.

In 2010 Priscilla won the ‘Best Performance of a New Zealand Work’ in the New Zealand Woodwind Competitions (tertiary class category) and received 3rd place for the ‘Best Performance Prize’ in the 2014 SOMSA Music of the Moment competition. She also competed as a finalist in both the 2011 Australian Flute Festival ‘piccolo competition’ and the 2013 AFF ‘orchestral excerpts competition’.

Priscilla has performed with various ensembles including; the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, the APO Fellowship Orchestra (Lion Foundation Orchestral Summer School), Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, The Aorangi Symphony Orchestra, The Auckland Wind Orchestra, St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra, Devonport Chamber Orchestra, Magic Flutes NZ, the Blackbird Ensemble (NZ), as well as the pit orchestra for Crossbridge Theatre Company’s recent musical s ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘The Princess and the Goblin’. She has also been performing on a regular basis with the worship team at Windsor Park Baptist Church since 2013.

Priscilla has performed as guest soloist for several ensembles including being piccolo soloist for Auckland Choral Society in 2012, flute soloist for the Auckland Wind Orchestra in 2010, 2012 and 2016 and flute soloist for the ’8 Cellos and Piano Ensemble’ in 2016. She also received an enthusiastic review for her flute recital with the Devonport Chamber Orchestra in late 2015. Whilst studying her Masters, Priscilla performed with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band on the album: ‘He Waiata Moana-Ocean Songs’, released in 2014.

Priscilla keeps a busy schedule running her own flute studio ‘Silverkeys Tuiton’, as well as teaching at various schools on the North Shore.


Teaching Info

With 9 years of teaching experience, Priscilla Scanlan currently teaches the flute from her home studio in Castor Bay, on the North Shore. She prepares keen students towards sitting flute performance exams through the Trinity College Syllabus, NCEA Music performances and auditions. She also offers to teach students theory through Trinity College, as well as the piccolo as an additional instrument.

Priscilla places a strong emphasis on performance and provides her students concert opportunities as both soloists and members of flute ensembles. The concerts are aimed at providing the students with not only a goal to work towards with their repertoire, but also to help the students experience all of the excitement that comes along with sharing their music to a keen audience (which in turn helps them to gain confidence in their own playing). The ensemble aspect of the concerts are a fun way for the students to be challenged further in their rhythmical and intonational skills, whilst having the opportunity to play alongside other flute players of a similar ability.

She is open to teaching all ages and abilities (adults included), however recommends that most students wait until the age of 7 to play the flute. If students are very keen to get started early, she teaches them the recorder for a basic foundation in musical skills and knowledge, before they transition to the flute. If the location is to far for students to attend the lessons, Priscilla also offers lessons via Skype.