Flynn Music Studio

We offer in-studio and technology-based lessons in piano, voice, brass, guitar, and drums. Technology-based lessons require a cell phone, tablet, or laptop connection via FaceTime, GoogleDuo, or Skype, so no driving to lessons for the busy family!

We are Mike & Shannon Flynn of Flynn Music Studio. We met while attending Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (now University) in Winchester, VA, and have spent our lives making music and sharing our love of it with our students. We are qualified, experienced musicians and music educators, who listen to our students and desire to help them achieve their musical goals while realizing their whole potential and become true musicians. Come join the fun!

The past 12 months have been very musical with you around. Let's make more music this 2020!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education A study by researchers at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children.

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Happy International Music Day from Flynn Music Studio!

Did you know that International Music Day is annually celebrated on October 1? This observance was initiated by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, an outstanding American violinist, and conductor, in order to encourage the promotion of musical art among all sections of society.

Join us at Flynn Music Studio. We offer a variety of lessons for all levels and ages. Piano, keyboard, voice, all brass, and theory. You can choose to join us at our studio in West Ashley if you are local, or we can connect via Facetime, Skype, or Google Duo.

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[08/18/18]   Announcing.....Flynn Music Studio now accepting students in our new hometown, Charleston, SC. We are located in West Ashley. Lessons for all ability levels, all ages, in piano, voice, and brass. We are opening only 10 lesson spots for this Fall, so please don't delay in securing yours! Note to our Maryland students who have not continued through the summer and our move to SC, if you plan to continue lessons using our Media option, please call ASAP to get on our schedule. Time slots are going fast! 410-208-8281

[05/20/18]   Big day tomorrow! Our Spring Recital will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Berlin. Come hear our students play and enjoy their talents! Everyone is welcome!

Music by the Month

9 May 18
As a pianist, I have had the honor of accompanying many excellent instrumentalists and vocalists and performing with them some of the most beloved music in the world. Not all pianists enjoy collaborative music but it is my favorite way to enjoy music and what I feel has been my best work. I have chosen a piece I learned and performed as a college freshman and have loved since then. It is a perfect example of the way Brahms treats both the piano and violin as equals, and gives them each beautiful, soaring melodies and complicated, intertwining rhythms that combine to create an amazing work of art. I hope you enjoy Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op 78, 1878-1879.

Brahms ~ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (I/VII) ~ Herbert von Karajan

7 May 18
Happy Birthday, Mr. Brahms!
In the mid-nineteenth century, Vienna, Austria was the center of the world of music. Brahms made his way there in the early 1860s and was enjoying steady employment as a choral and orchestral conductor. He also continued composing during this busy time, and today we will visit an important work in his life and to the larger music community. “A German Requiem” was written in 1868 following the death of his mother. Requiems, or funeral masses, were traditionally written in Latin, so by writing his in his native German, he was offering a personal gift to his countrymen. The link below takes you to a recording of Herbert von Karajan conducting the Wiener Philharmonic (Vienna) and featuring Soprano Kathleen Battle and Baritone Jose van Dam in Brahms’ German Requiem, Opus 45, Movement 1.

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 - 1897) Ein deutsches Requiem op. 45 I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen

Dudamel - Sensemaya - Silvestre Revueltas

5 May 18
In honor of Cinco de Mayo we are straying away from Germany and Mr. Brahms and visiting one of Mexico’s most accomplished composers, Silvestre Revueltas. I had a hard time choosing just one of his pieces, because I have come to love several of them, but decided on this video of his most well-known work, Sensemaya. Here is it conducted by Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel. You may want to turn up the volume for this one! Enjoy!


J.Brahms - Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang

4 May 18
We briefly discussed the friendship between a young Johannes Brahms and his mentor, Robert Schumann in an earlier post. Schumann’s wife, Clara, was a talented pianist and concert artist in her own right. Robert began to suffer signs of mental illness, and Brahms was very willing to step in and help Clara run the household. It seems that the young Johannes developed a love for Clara Schumann during this time, but there is no indication that it was returned or ever acted upon. Robert Schumann died in 1856. Brahms was hired over the next several years in several musical capacities, one of which was serving as conductor for a women’s choir in the city of Hamburg, Germany. Today we will listen to a piece of music he composed during this period, in 1860. It is the first in a set of four songs written for women’s choir, harp, and French horn, entitled Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, (The rich sound of a harp), Opus 17.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) - Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, No. 1 of 4 Gesange Op.17 - Swedish Radio Choir, members of Berlin Philarmonic. Dir. Claudio Abb...

Brahms Serenade no. 1, adagio non troppo

3 May 18
Today we will listen to one of Brahms’ earliest orchestral pieces, his Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11, 1857. It is interesting to listen to the way he develops the theme of this piece throughout the instruments. This recording is from the New Utrecht Symphony in The Netherlands.

De Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht o.l.v. Johannes Leertouwer in Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn

Jessye Norman; "Liebestreu"; Johannes Brahms

2 May 18
Brahms wrote many short works for solo voice. His native language was German, and that is the language in which he wrote and in which his songs are performed. The piece you are listening to today is written for higher voice (female soprano or male tenor) and is performed here by renowned soprano Jessye Norman. The piece is called “Liebestreu,” (Love’s Devotion), Op. 3, No. 1, 1853.
The link:

Jessye Norman--Soprano Daniel Barenboim--Piano 1982

Johannes Brahms - Piano Sonata No. 1

Composer of the Month
We are excited to bring you a new feature for your listening pleasure and to bring some insight into music history and literature. Each month will feature a different composer, with several short biographical sketches offered throughout the month. More often you will find links to videos of some well-known and lesser-known works by that composer. The goal is simply to introduce you to some great music you may not already know and to bring more music and joy into your home! We’ve decided to focus on a composer who has a birthday in the month we are in, so this month we will be learning about and enjoying the music of Johannes Brahms.
Born May 7, 1833 in Hamburg, Germany, Johannes was born into a musical family. His father played double bass with the Hamburg Philharmonic. Johannes began playing piano at age seven, and used his musical skills to earn money for his family by the time he was a teenager by playing in local establishments. At age 20, Brahms met composer Robert Schumann. This was a turning point in his life, both on a professional and personal level. Schumann took Brahms under his wing and introduced him to the wider musical community.
As happens in music, as well as all of the arts, what is considered “right” and traditionally “correct” eventually is merged with new ideas and innovations and becomes the new sound or tradition of the next generation. We see this happen in popular music and often we have strong opinions about which is better! This very kind of change was occurring in European music in the mid nineteenth century. Schumann and, to an extent, Brahms were supporters of the traditional style of composing in the style of earlier German composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. The new style of music being rendered by composers such as Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner was very much less traditional and was often inspired by literature. Brahms stands in the center of this crossroads, and in his music you can hear stylistic elements of traditional western music, with its roots in a predictable harmonic structure, but yet incorporating rich chords, complex rhythms, and melodies that seem to reach into the listener’s heart and soul.
Brahms wrote for orchestra, choir, solo voice, piano, and other types of chamber music. We will post links to a variety of his music, this week focusing on his earliest published works. Let’s start with his 1853 Opus 1, Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, performed in this video by Peter Rösel. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section!
Here’s the link:

- Composer: Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 -- 3 April 1897) - Performer: Peter Rösel - Year of recording: 1974 Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1, written in ...

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[12/12/17]   I'm so proud of our students! This past Sunday we were Blessed to be a Blessing as we shared our music with some residents of Berlin Nursing Home. Some of our students have only been taking lessons for two or three months, some a bit longer, but they all did a marvelous job sharing Christmas music! We invited everyone to join us in a sing a long before we closed the program - what fun to have so many smiles and voices joined together to celebrate the holiday! Thanks to my students, parents of students, and all family and friends who came out to support us. If you have a picture you'd like to share, please feel free!

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[06/15/17]   Top Seven Reasons to Start Music Lessons Now:
1. "Mom, I don't have anything to do!"
2. If you start lessons in the Summer when children are less busy with homework in the evenings, they should progress more quickly and by the time school starts it will be easier to fold into your Fall Schedule.
3. "I'm Bored!"
4. With our unique system of teaching utilizing technology, school-age students can have a lesson even if parents are at work - all they need is a computer, tablet, or phone and the ability to FaceTime, Skype, or GoogleDuo.
5. We can teach your students in any location!
6. If you currently have a teacher who takes summers off, we will be happy to work with your student for those months only.
7."Wow, that was fun! Can I do it again next week?"

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[05/24/17]   Our Summer schedule is taking shape quickly! Returning students have first choice of time slots, but there are still morning, afternoon and evening times available. Remember, we do private lessons via Facetime or Google Duo for those working parents who still want children involved in music lessons during the summer - and it's a great time to start learning an instrument because students have no homework! Call us at 410-208- 8281 to schedule your Summer lessons!

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[04/18/17]   We are busy, busy, busy getting all the finishing touches on our product display for the Maryland (MACHE) Homeschool Curriculum Fair in Frederick this weekend. Our booth is in the main building, and we'll be there to greet you and take care of all of your homeschool music education needs. Please stop by and say hello!

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My newest blog is up! Read it to learn just one way studying music can change your (or your child's) life!

[01/16/17]   Looking to start a new interest in 2017? Do you love music? Learn to play the piano or keyboard. It's FUN, It's Easy and you'll love it. Ernoll now at and we'll have you playing before you even thought possible! Programs for adults, teens, elementary and NOW even pre-scoolers. Call us at 410-208-8281 or email us at [email protected]

[01/13/17]   I'm starting a program for pre-readers, ages 3-5. Just wondering how much interest there is for this type of early music education? Let me know if you are or might be interested! Could do in my studio or via Facetime.

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I have a limited number of time slots open in my studio in Ocean Pines. Lessons are 30 minutes per week. Call 410-208-8281 to reserve your lesson time!

[11/08/16]   Wondering what to get your child or grandchild for the holidays? Consider giving them a gift that will truly last a lifetime - learning to play piano! We'll help you decide on an instrument and the perfect teaching arrangements. Lessons can be one-on-one in our Ocean Pines studio or via the web - you choose! Call us today to reserve your spot at 410-208-8281

[10/10/16]   I have a limited number of time slots open in my studio in Ocean Pines. Lessons are 30 minutes per week. Call 410-208-8281 to reserve your lesson time!

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[09/04/16]   What happens in September? Back to school, back to piano lessons, back to a very busy schedule.... and my birthday! It may be my special day, but I'm giving YOU the gift! The first 25 students to enroll no later than my birthday, September 13, will receive two gifts from The Flynn Studio: 1) the enrollment fee of $25 dollars will be waived, and 2) a $20 gift card to Starbucks or Amazon. Enroll today to make sure you are included!

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