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"We are so blessed to have found such a wonderful and caring music teacher like you! Looking forward to another year of fun and educational music lessons and events with you!"
~ Parents of a 10th Grade Flute Student
"Good news! Our daughter did very well in the audition and made honor band! Thanks for all your wonderful instruction."
~ Mother of a 6th Grade Flute Student
"In two lessons, you have made the flute fun to play for our daughter. She was so happy you showed her those keys for the flats and high notes that when she got home she practiced for about 15 minutes. She told my wife that no one had shown her that and her band director does not play flute."
~ Father of a 6th grade flute student
Flute lessons are personalized to fit each student's goals, preferences, and needs.
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Flute Information and History
The flute is a high pitched instrument in the key of C. Flute music is written on the treble clef staff. Sound is produced by blowing a column of air across the head joint's hole. The flute produces a velvety tone in the low register and a brilliant tone in the upper register. It requires as much air to play the flute as the tuba!
Some famous composers who have written music for the flute include:
- Cecile Chaminade (Biography / Concertino, Op. 107 performed by Sir James Galway)
- Claude Debussy (Biography / Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Biography / Concerto in D Major performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal)
Hear the Flute and Piccolo
The flute is one of the oldest instruments ever found. Flutes have been found that date back at least 9,000 years. These flutes were found in China. You can read more about them and hear them being played recently here. Modern flutes use the Boehm key system and have developed into the instruments we hear most often today.
Members of the Flute Family
The standard Western classical flute is a C flute, but there are other flutes throughout the world too. Other Western classical flutes include the piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute. Flutes are found throughout the world with many uses including as classical and folk instruments. Other members of the flute family are the Baroque flute, fife, flageolet (French), Indonesian flutes, Native American flute, Bulgarian flute, Chinese flute, ocarina, panpipes, soprano recorder, alto recorder, and bass recorder. Ask me if you would like to see or try the Native American flute, Indonesian flutes, Bulgarian flute, or Chinese flute!
Let the Fun Begin!
BEGINNING FLUTE LESSONS
Flute lessons begin with learning how to form your embouchure. An embouchure is the formation of the lips and mouth to make sound on a wind instrument. Next, you will learn how to create your embouchure on the head joint and play long tones on it. Then, you will learn to assemble the flute and play the notes G, A, and B as long tones and in pieces. The most famous pieces that can be played with only these notes are "Hot Cross Buns" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb." From there, we will continue learning more notes, rhythms, technique, and pieces.
Often times, parents wonder how old their child must be to start the flute. I recommend starting in 2nd grade or older. I would be happy to meet with you to determine whether your child is ready to begin learning the flute or another instrument.
FLUTE LESSONS FOR STUDENTS WITH EXPERIENCE
Lessons start at a suitable place for the player. Your first lesson will begin with a discussion about your goals, current performance activities, and hopes for future performance activities. Then, I will ask you to play some scales and music you already know. (Make sure to bring your music!) From there, we will create a plan for the remainder of our first lesson and future lessons. Lessons will include tone production, scales, rhythms, technical material, exercises in musicianship, and solo repertoire. We may also study ensemble/band repertoire.