I'm a professional recorder teacher with 20 years of experience teaching at music schools and privately. I also teach Alexander Technique.
First of all I think you can start at any age, everybody can learn and improve! The reason I love teaching are the moments when a students "gets it" and learns to do something they couldn't do previously. I like to break down playing technique into separate bits - breathing, fingers, articulation, and then to put them back together. And to do the same with a piece of music - what is the structure, where is it going, what does it want to say? Because I also teach the Alexander technique I pay extra attention to how free/tense a student is and give tips about that.
I've been Pauliina's student for the last 1.5 years, and it's been excellent. Her style is undogmatic, gentle, and to the point. I haven't had a single bad lesson, no matter whether I played well or not. She's experienced and always has good suggestions for the next thing to work on in technique, musical style or repertoire. Also, I'm most of the time 10 time zones away from Pauliina, and she's always been flexible enough to find a way to fit me into her teaching day in a way that works for both of us. Highly recommended.
In her lessons Pauliina focuses on your wishes and gives you simple and effective tools to enhance your skills. With her relaxed way of teaching she helps you to tackle technical challenges without stress so that you gain confidence and can enjoy your practice!
For me, Pauliina is a very good teacher. Originally, I didn't want to take on recorder lessons at all: I just had some practical questions on an old tenor recorder. But Pauliina was so helpful and inspiring that before I knew it I found myself taking regular lessons. Pauliina in a few words: very modest, full of humor, good teaching qualities in a no-nonsense and accessible way. For me as an "adult" student it is very important the Pauliina understands that there are more, sometimes more pressing, things that I have to do. There is no pressure at all. Pauliina comes up with good repertoire-suggestions: one the one hand these suggestions are in line with the kind of music that I like to play, on the other hand they sometimes challenge and stretch my preferences. It's easy to go to a private class, and I always leave in a very good mood.