An engaging, likable personality, Stéphanie Superle is a performer, teacher, and arts administrator who is set to become one of the leading children’s music educators in the Greater Toronto Area. Stéphanie is somewhat of a pioneer as a flute teacher – she is only the second certified teacher in Canada of the Kinderflute method and is the Founder and Lead Educator of Kinderflute Canada, an organization dedicated to the development of imaginative, creative, and inspiring young wind musicians.
Designed for children ages four to eight, the Kinderflute method incorporates a wide range of games, breathing exercises, listening, movement, and other fun group activities.
“It’s amazing to see kids as young as three of four stay engaged for over 90% of the lesson time,” Stéphanie says – and those are good odds. Stéphanie is also certified to teach the Blocki method, which extends the Kinderflute concept to children ages eight and up. In an effort to bring the fun of Kinderflute classes to even younger students, Stéphanie has expanded the curriculum to begin teaching youngsters wind instruments well before they learn the recorder in school. Wee Winds and Baby Brass is a class built to introduce students to all the wind instruments of the orchestra [and a few of their string friends too!]. Stéphanie’s hope is to make wind instruments one of the top three options when parents first think about music lessons for their child: “Most parents gravitate toward the piano or violin as their first instrument choice for their son or daughter. That’s the norm. I hope to show parents that kids can begin learning a wind instrument much earlier than grade school, AND have fun while they’re learning. Plus, it’s way more portable and affordable than a piano!”
Her favourite thing about teaching? The spark! That moment of illumination for a student, when all the work between student and teacher align, when both parties are teaching and learning from each other and they’ve reached new heights in imagination, creativity, performance, and musical expression. This concept lead to her philosophy that the better a performer she is, the better a teacher she is, and vice versa.
Stéphanie has presented flute clinics throughout western Canada and continues to be in demand as a clinician in the GTA. Stéphanie currently acts as Artist in Residence at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton where she teaches private flute lessons, presents master classes, and serves as a panel adjudicator for woodwind entrance auditions. The former Woodwind Specialist and Musical Preludes instructor at the Classical Music Conservatory (CMC) in Toronto from 2007-2016, Stéphanie is an Ontario Certified Teacher and member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association.
Stéphanie has an extensive background as an orchestral player. She was principal flutist with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra and second flutist with Orchestra Toronto. She has also performed with the Canadian Sinfonietta, Etobicoke Musical Productions, the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra, the North York Concert Orchestra, and still performs on occasion with Sneak Peek Orchestra. From 2007 to 2010, Stéphanie was a founding partner of the Aurum Ensemble, a flute & guitar duo which specialized in international new music. In August 2009, Stéphanie fulfilled a life-long dream of working with William Bennett and performed at the William Bennett International Summer School in Greenwich, England.
Along with her teaching and performing schedule, Stéphanie is also an arts administrator, having served as Managing Director of the Brampton Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years. Currently, Stéphanie has focused on organizing outreach concerts around the city for Kinderflute Canada. One current project is “Luna’s Magic Flute” a storybook concert that combines the fairytale story of Luna & her Magic Flute with live flute music and piano accompaniment. These concerts are taking place at several Vaughan Public Libraries along with Kinderflute “day camps” for kids throughout the year.
In 2008, Stéphanie received her Masters in Flute Performance at the University of Toronto. Previously she earned her Bachelor degrees in Flute Performance and in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan. Stéphanie has performed in master classes with renowned Canadian flute soloist Susan Hoeppner; with Timothy Hutchins (principal, l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal), and with soloist William Bennett in both England and in Canada at the Pender Island Flute Retreat in British Columbia. There she also played for Lorna McGhee (principal, Pittsburgh Symphony).
Physical fitness is a priority for Stéphanie - she enjoys rollerblading, working out at the gym, and practicing yoga and pilates. She completed a half marathon (21K) in October 2014 to celebrate five years of remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and followed up with a 15K in Toronto in June 2015, where she gave an address to over 10 000 fellow runners.
Stéphanie lives in Vaughan with her husband, Jeff.
For more information, please visit www.stephaniepesant.com or www.kinderflutecanada.com