There are many different types of flute. Every flute is an individually crafted work of art. The flute maker must consider the needs of the musician who will use the flute. Students need relatively inexpensive but reliable instruments whereas professional musicians must have instruments of very high quality, often with special changes made in the keys to accommodate their individual needs.
As with learning any new skill – playing the flute requires lots of practise which may be frustrating for everyone at the beginning. Finding the right teacher is essential to smooth the road to your child becoming a flautist!
If you are considering finding flute lessons for your child what should you be thinking about?
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) – an internationally recognised education body based in London that provides examinations in music.
Trinity Guildhall-Trinity College London.
LCM Examinations –a department of the London College of Music within the University of West London.
The National College of Music - specialises in external examinations in music and speech subjects in centres throughout the UK and in some countries overseas.
Graded music examinations; Grades 1–8, practical and theory - the international standard.
There is no minimum qualification required to teach music at home. However, passing grade 8 practical and at least grade 5 theory will indicate an acceptable level of competence regarding playing ability and musical knowledge. A Music Degree would be advantageous.
Playing the flute is relaxing, improves co-ordination, concentration and self-discipline.
There are many chances to play the flute in groups. Every orchestra has a woodwind section and practising with other children is more fun and helps to improve a child’s social skills and confidence.
King Henry VIII (1491-1547) owned and played many, many instruments including 78 flutes, 76 recorders, 10 trombones, 14 trumpets and 5 bagpipes!
Hollywood legend Tony Curtis (1925-2010) played a rosewood and gold alto flute which was a birthday gift from Frank Sinatra.
North Korea Little Children Flute Solo - This little boy is only 5 years old! Amazing.
Mozart Flute Concerto in D Rondo - This boy is 10 years old. When this video was made he had been playing for 5 years. Very talented but does practice for 4 hours a day!
Dinicu Hora Staccato - Jonathan was 10 years old when he made this video – playing Dinicu Hora Staccato, with style.
And if you want to see real talent…. Look no further than Rachel Flowers performing Ambidextranata, a piece for flute and piano, one player!!
Or – the master – Sir James Galway. This performance was in Japan in 1998. ''Danny Boy'' was the encore.
Music and The Brain. A very interesting article discussing lots of studies that link music to increases in brain function, etc.
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I'm on grade 6 and in year 7 i adore the flute it is my destiny i started in year 4 it is the best instruments i have a £1,800 flute that i saved up my self if i did not start the flute i would have no music in me it the best thing thats happened to me. Reading music is like learning a different language that you learn only by playing a instrument. i have the best flute teacher and the amazing CMA orchestras to help
I like the piano but this year i am in foruth grade am i am really sleepbut i like the flute.
Learning a musical instrument is fun and a great way to entertain yourself and others. It is a good way to meet other people by joining a group or an orchestra. It teaches you self-discipline and co-ordination. It is a skill that lasts a lifetime. You learn about different composers and musicians and why they did what they did.
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