Here I will attempt to give suggestions to the beginning band director for embouchures and articulation on band instruments. (This page under construction.)
Flute – It’s all about the pooh… Place your lips over the tone hole (centered) and then roll out to a position so that you will be splitting the air across the edge of the tone hole (similar to blowing across a straw or bottle). Pucker your lips and say “pooh” into the instrument. The mouth should not be completely round, but rather should look like a flat oval. Preferred articulation: “twhoo” or “too”.
Oboe – roll both top and bottom lip over teeth, bring the corners of the mouth in.
Clarinet – Say “ee-oo” or “wee-too” to bring the corners in, keep the chin flat and pointed (bring jaw forward) and gently fold bottom lip under. The upper teeth should rest gently on the mouthpiece, never biting, and the lower teeth (covered by the lip) should be farther down on the reed than the top teeth are on the mouthpiece. Articulation: “tee”, to keep the tongue high and arched.
Saxophone: Similar to the clarinet, except the jaw is not quite so forward. Say “voo” for the proper embouchure. Use tonguing articulation “du”.