Hannah Flewelling began her TA journey last year and currently serves as the orchestra director for both TAMS and the upper school. She currently teaches three classes: two upper school orchestra classes and the strings class at TAMS. Outside of TA, Ms. Flewelling conducts one of the youth ensembles at USM. Originally from Scarborough, she earned her undergraduate degree in music education at the University of Southern Maine. As a high school student, Ms. Flewelling participated in several youth ensembles at USM’s School of Music. “I was really inspired by the faculty, and it made the decision to apply very easy!” She is currently back at USM finishing her Master's in Orchestral Conducting.
What is the best thing about teaching at TA? What is the most challenging?
The best thing about teaching at TA, other than the awesome students, is the department I work with. The TA Arts department is a phenomenal group of people. They're always ready to lend a helping hand, a word of support, or a cup of coffee (pre-COVID, obviously).
As far as the most challenging (at least for me, this is my second year at TA) since we were sent home to work remotely in March of last year, I haven't had a normal, full year at TA yet. It makes me a little apprehensive that I'll be behind once we return to "normal." I also feel like I still have so many faculty faces to learn.
What is your favorite teaching memory?
“One of my favorites is the concert I ended the year with at my old school. We did a band/orchestra combined performance of rock music, complete with electric guitar and bass, and drum kit. One of my other favorites is an all-Celtic fiddle concert we did for the orchestra. We played three sets of pieces. Every kid got a solo or played a feature in a group. It was all student-led, so I actually go to play instead of conduct, which was a really cool change.”
What do you hope for your students?
“I want my students to be happy and content to be themselves. I want them to be strong, resilient, and independent adults. Obviously, given what I teach, I want them to feel connected with music in whatever context that may be.”
What do you hope for the future of TA?
“This is a hard question to answer during a global pandemic. I guess, as cliche an answer as this is, that TA would be a place where both students and staff feel supported and part of a community.”
Featured faculty fun fact!
Favorite Song: “You can't ask a music teacher for their favorite song! I'm going to go more general for my own sanity. I like a wide variety of music, but overall my favorites include some indie music (Lady Lamb is a local artist, totally recommend); early metal like Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden; symphonic metal like Nightwish, and miscellaneous Nordic/Germanic groups like Faun, Heilung, and Wardruna.”