Why take flute lessons?
One-on-one lessons ensure that students receive instruction tailored to their individual needs. While school band is a fantastic introduction to learning music, some students may feel frustrated by the pace of the group. Perhaps your child learns best in a more relaxed environment - or on the flip side, has even excelled at their instrument and feels bored in band. Whatever your student's level, private instruction guarantees that they will be playing at a level appropriate for them and receive 100% of the teacher's attention.
What age can my child start learning the flute? (And do you teach adults?)
Generally, students in the fourth or fifth grade are ready to begin learning a wind instrument. Students at this age are able to hold the instrument and can learn to control their air. Younger students may also start their wind instrument studies on a recorder, which is lighter and does not require as much air.
Yes, I love working with adult students! Often, adults have more specific musical goals in mind and understand the importance of discipline when it comes to practicing. Whatever your age, it's never too late to start learning the flute.
Is flute an easy instrument to learn?
I believe flute has one of the steepest learning curves of all the woodwind instruments, simply because sound production on the flute is more complex than that of reed instruments like clarinets and saxophones. Playing the flute also takes much more air than other woodwind instruments. However, the flute has one of the simplest fingering systems. It's also the lightest instrument and very easy to care for. If your student is willing to put in the work, they will find this beautiful instrument very rewarding to play.
What materials do I need to start flute lessons?
To be successful in your flute studies, you will need a music stand, a binder for your music, a tuner/metronome (apps work great), and of course a working flute. You should also be prepared to purchase books appropriate to your level, recommended by your teacher (me). If you ever need any assistance purchasing books, please let me know - I'm here to help!
What ensembles can my student participate in as a flutist?
Flute is one of the instruments offered in fourth and fifth grade bands. If your student decides to continue the flute through high school, some exciting ensemble opportunities open up, including marching band (where they may also be required to play piccolo) and, depending on the school, symphonic orchestra. It is not uncommon for flutes to also appear in jazz bands. The flute is a very versatile instrument!
Do you play and/or teach any other instruments?
I play piano and sometimes accompany my students on their solos. I also teach beginning piano. I highly encourage younger students (ages 5-8 who are too young for flute) to start on piano, as they'll have a head-start on reading music and understanding musical concepts when they switch to a wind instrument.