Learn to Play Flute

Another popular Wind Instrument, the Flute traces it’s lineage back to similar instruments dating 30,000-40,000 years ago in Germany. This makes it one of the oldest instrument designs still in use today. Currently, the most widespread version of the Flute in the Western World is the Western Concert Flute. This instrument is what one would expect to find in Classical Orchestras, School Orchestras, and Marching Bands. At the School of Music, our Instructors use various Methods and Textbooks that include Rubank, Essential Elements, and others. This is combined with additional exercises and repertoire to help give the student a good foundation from which to build on.

While types of Flutes are many and varied, the Western Concert Flute has become the standard in Classical and much of Western Music where Woodwinds are used. This Instrument is a descendant of various wooden, keyless, transverse (side blown) instruments that would resemble the Modern Fife. While the Flute underwent changes throughout the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods, it was in the 19th Century that Theobald Boehm would introduce his version of the Flute to the world. He would go on to add keys as well as other modifications. Known initially as the Boehm Flute, this instrument would undergo further changes into the 20th Century that would result in the instrument that we know today.

The Flute is a transverse (side blown) Woodwind Instrument where the player blows across a hole in the end of it. Despite being called a Woodwind, Flutes are actually made of Polished Brass and then plated with Nickel or Silver. Unlike the Clarinet and Saxophone, they do not use a reed nor are they Transposing Instruments. However Flutes do break down into three sections, similar to other Woodwind Instruments. The styles of Music which are played on the Flute can be fairly broad however it is most commonly used in Classical, Jazz, and Marching Bands. In Rock Music, the Flute has even appeared in Songs by Jethro Tull, Traffic, and Van Morrison.

Private flute lessons are offered on a weekly basis and provide:

  • One-on-one interaction between student and instructor
  • Highly personalized learning program
  • Individual attention and pace
  • More direct tracking of progress
  • More flexible scheduling
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