This is a basic informational page on teaching the flute. It is a work in progress, and your comments would be very helpful. These instructional pages are designed to help the new teacher, who has limited knowledge of instruments not their primary, to be able to confidently teach a beginning band class the proper techniques on each instrument.

Some helpful websites: http://www.jennifercluff.com/

    • Physical Considerations:
      • Problems with lips, overbite, or teeth may make it difficult to play.
      • Larger fingers may also hinder playing.
      • The flute uses only about 25% of the breath you put into it; may cause some students to become light-headed.
        • Instruct students to stop playing and take a break if they become light-headed. Resume playing when they feel better.
    • Position of Flute
      • It may be difficult to balance at first because the position feels unnatural.
      • Many will try to clamp down harder, and make their hands cramp up.
    • Making a Sound
      • The air must essentially be split, half going into the flute and half (or a little less than) not going into it.
      • If a clear tone is not produced, try the “bunny trick”: hold the flute up as though about to play, make a bunny face (showing the teeth, lip pulled up), hold for 4 counts, then play a note for 4 counts (no bunny face).

    Flute Overtone Series Flute Pinky Motion Exercise

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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