Flute students will need:
- 1 flute
- Accent On Achievement Book 1 for Flute
- A music stand to use to practice at home
- A flute swab and/or cleaning chamois with cleaning rod.
The flute is considered part of the woodwind family. It has the highest range and the smallest case of all the band instruments. 5th grade flute players sit in the front row of the band to the conductors' right.
The biggest challenge of learning the flute is learning to form a correct embouchure and to employ proper flute breathing technique to create a clear and consistent sound. Some students take most of the 4th grade year to get the notes to sound clearly and consistently. Holding the flute correctly (the flute is played parallel to the ground and held off to the right side of the head) and learning the finger placement and memorization of finger positions on the flute is also more challenging than learning these skills on the clarinet or alto saxophone. Flute requires daily playing to keep the connection between the player and the instrument solid.
If your child shows a strong interest in the flute, please contact me about setting up an appointment near the end of the year to try out a flute in my classroom.
Please take a few minutes to watch some of the videos for beginning flute players I have linked to here.