History and Information
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. The repertoire of the flute is extensive and varied, including Medieval and Renaissance songs, classical solos and orchestral pieces, and even pop and jazz music.
When to Start
Students can start flute lessons as young as age 6, depending on hand size and lung capacity. The latter is especially important because, unlike most other woodwinds, there is no 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 away.
Getting a Flute
There are many brands and models of flute available for rent and purchase. 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. We can give you recommendations for places near you to buy or rent your flute. Please contact us, and be sure to include your location!
Books and Supplies
Most rented flutes will come with items such as a case and cleaning implements. Your instructor can tell you which books and other supplies are appropriate. Most of these are available online. We can recommend stores near you where you can purchase supplies and music, if you prefer to do so in person. Please contact us, and again, remember to tell us where you live!
**Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.**