CINDY HENDERSON BIO 2021
Cindy Henderson has been Adjunct Professor of Flute at Weber State University since 1988 and has 51 years of teaching experience. She has the distinction of being recognized by the great Japanese Pedagogue, Mr. Toshio Takahashi, as the teacher who first introduced the Suzuki Flute Method in America, in 1975. Mrs. Henderson's students have achieved national recognition, winning prestigious competitions at all levels - collegiate through elementary. National First Place Winner: Federated Music Clubs of America Collegiate Solo Competition (2005, Indianapolis, IN), National First Place Winner: MTNA Solo Competition, Senior Division (2006, Austin, TX), National First Place Winner: MTNA Junior Solo Division (2014 - Chicago, IL), National First Place Winner: MTNA Solo Competition, Junior Division 2003 (Cincinnati, OH), National First Place Winner: Music Composition, National Reflections Contest, Elementary Division (2002, Washington DC), National Second Place Winner: MTNA Solo Competition, Senior Division, 2010 (Albuquerque, NM.), National Second Place Winner: MTNA Solo Competition, Senior Division, 2001 (Washington DC), National Second Place winner: MTNA Solo Competition, Junior Division, 2001 (Washington DC), National Finalist: NFA High School Solo Competition (2007, Albuquerque, NM). Locally, 13 First Place Prizes at the State Level MTNA Solo Competitions have been awarded to her students. Mrs. Henderson's students were frequent winners at the Utah State Fair Solo Winds/Percussion Competition, and now, consistently are among the winners of the Utah Flute Association Solo Competitions and UMTA Concerto Competitions. In the span of ten years, five of her students were selected as winners of the most coveted honor in the state, appearing with the Utah Symphony as a Concerto Soloist on the Salute To Youth Concert. For this privilege the soloist must have competed against all instruments.
Mrs. Henderson enjoys teaching diverse levels of students. She has pioneered research in starting children as young as three and also instructed many professional flute teachers in Pedagogy. She is most gratified by the retention rate in her studio, particularly her teenagers. Very rarely does a student ever quit, and almost all of her seniors are awarded scholarships. In the last nineteen years, 55 Flute Scholarships have been awarded to her High School seniors at 17 different Conservatories/ Universities. Mrs. Henderson is a popular Guest Clinician at conventions and institutes including the National Convention of the National Flute Association, and the State Conventions of UMTA, UFA and SAU. She has presented such topics as: "How To Run a Professional Music Studio And Still Have A Life", "Avoiding Teen-age Burn-out", "Why I Teach Beginners", "A Zillion and One Ideas for Group Class", and "Beautiful Tone From The Very First Note".
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