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Flute Instructors

Updated: Nov 2

Debra Atteson

Flute, Piano & Clarinet Instructor

Debra earned her BS in Music Education from West Chester University as a piano and clarinet major. She earned her MA in Music Therapy from Immaculata University. Clarinet instruction with first chair Philly Pops, Joe Smith, Tery Guidetti at West Chester University and a custom mouthpiece from A. M. Gigliotti at Peabody Conservatory. Classical piano instruction with MaryAnne Reitz, Jacques Voois at West Chester University and William Carr (who studied at the Juilliard School) at Immaculata University.


She has worked as a Music Therapist in long term care and has over 25 years of teaching piano, clarinet, alto sax and flute to students as young as 5 to 102. Debra has firsthand experience with Autism as her son has Asperger’s and a reading disability. Her specialty is crafting adaptive techniques to help special needs children feel successful during music lessons and beyond.


Michelle Cosgrove

Piano and Flute Instructor

Michelle is one of the original students of The Conservatory, studying here from 1991-1994. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education degree from The College of New Jersey in 1998, and entered the educator workforce by teaching classroom music for the Archdiocese of Trenton, then Centennial School District until 2005. She returned to her alma mater (The Conservatory) to teach Flute and Piano in 2002. She joined The Conservatory's administrative staff as the Students On Tour Coordinator in 2005. In 2007, Michelle completed her Masters of Music in Flute Performance from West Chester University. As a chamber ensemble specialist, she organizes and coaches student ensembles, trains her piano students as accompanists, and exposes her pupils to all genres of music. She is Artistic Director of the ensemble Impromptu, featuring rotating music artists to create a variety of ensemble instrumentations. She performs with the baroque ensemble La Fiocco on baroque flute, and the 70's rock band Dillirgaff on improvisational flute and keys. Michelle is a member of the National Flute Association, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and the Guild for Early Music.


Will Mullen

Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute Instructor

Will Mullen earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Temple University with a concentration in saxophone and jazz studies. While at Temple, Will studied jazz saxophone with Tim Warfield and studied saxophones, clarinets and flute/piccolo with Frank Mazzeo. He also studied Oboe/English horn with Dr. Meghan Woodard. Will is certified in K-12 music education in Pennsylvania, and has always had a passion for instrumental music. He loves to work with younger learners and was an instructor for Jazz Lives Philadelphia, a program that works with Philadelphia schools to bring local jazz musicians in to give masterclasses and ensemble tutelage. As a freelancer, Will has performed in a wide array of genres and ensembles, including The Arden Theatre company, the 11th hour theater company, and, locally, has subbed in classical and jazz ensembles on multiple woodwind instruments.

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