It is time to elevate what you have been learning in school band class. Individualized attention is the BEST way to improve EVERYTHING about your playing while challenging yourself to make progress successfully. All my school band teachers shaped so much of my education, but my private teacher took the flute to a place that I didn’t even know existed when I was younger.
Together we will
- Find a radiant tone
- Learn how to make those fingers fly
- Break down rhythms into easy-to-understand fragments
- Expose you to tons of new musical pieces that will challenge and excite you
I have some vivid memories of my early musical life to share with you. What I thought would be a quick find in the local yellow pages (before the internet) took me years to find the right private flute teacher for me.
My elementary school band director, Mr. Weber, sent me home with a contact list of suggested private teachers after my family reached out to him for some help. Some people returned our calls but surprisingly, many people did not even get back to us.
That's when I knew that I wanted to not only become a private teacher myself but make sure that local flutists never had that issue.
We tried a few teachers out, but the personalities just didn’t mesh. There had to be someone out there that was the right fit.
After some trial and error, we did land on someone, but his primary instrument was the saxophone. Something about our relationship clicked and I started regular weekly lessons with Mr. Cacese. He is the person that taught me how to count and understand rhythm.
Something was still wrong though. I progressed very quickly but noticed my flute playing was advancing above Mr. Cacese’s, so the search continued. This was a point in my life that I was so thankful for my middle school band director because he encouraged me to keep working hard on my own while I was looking for a new private instructor.
A few years later and by chance, I was purchasing music in a local store. Another customer noticed what I was buying and asked me if I was studying the flute with anyone. I wasn’t at the time and that random stranger gave me the number of their former teacher - Wendy Kumer.
I reached out to get started in lessons with Wendy and that was when EVERYTHING CHANGED.
Let me be the teacher that you might not have even known you were looking for!
Mr. Parasky graduated from Boston University with a Master of Music in Music Education and earned an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University. His private flute students have successfully auditioned for various honor ensembles, soloist competitions and workshops at the local, regional, national, and international level. He is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University (flute choir) and Westminster College (applied flute).
Dan is a flute choir enthusiast and is a four-time guest conductor of the Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir. He conducted the 2021 National Flute Association's High School Flute Choir and is jointly conducting the 2022 NFA High School/Collegiate Flute Orchestra with Nicole Chamberlain.
He performs as a founding member of the PM Woodwind Project - a flute and clarinet duo. He has won competitions with the NFA and the International Low Flute Festival. Mr. Parasky is serving as the Flute Choir Coordinator with the NFA from 2021-2025 for their annual conventions.Check out my full resume
My non-flute life...
I am married to my high school sweetheart Jackie. Marching band brought us into each other's lives. We love the outdoors, cooking, and all things about staying organized.
I am an avid runner that came to the sport late in life. I started training about 5 years ago and ran my first full marathon in November 2019 in Las Vegas. It took 4 hours 12 minutes and 12 seconds and I’m hopeful to someday run one in under 4 hours.
Video games are my passion (especially retro 80’s games) but nowadays you’ll find me sneaking in some Destiny after teaching lessons. Honestly, anything nerd culture is my thing...especially Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
3 cats round out our household...meet Willow, Lily and Daisy.