History and Information about the Flute
The flute is one of the world’s oldest instruments, some examples dating back over 40,000 years. While these early instruments were made out of bone, wood, or reeds, the modern concert flute is almost always metal. Because of this, the repertoire of the flute is extensive and varied. When you take flute lessons, you will be able to learn everything from Medieval and Renaissance songs, to classical solos and orchestral pieces, to some pop and jazz music as well.
When to Start on the Flute
You can start flute lessons as young as age 6, depending on the student’s hand size and lung capacity. The latter is especially important because the flute does not have a reed, so the player must be able to force a large amount of air through the instrument. The flute also requires a certain amount of care, as it must be reassembled every time it is taken out of the case, and disassembled every time it is put back in.
Getting a Flute
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a flute. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Flute
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.