Woodwind Family / Soprano Voice

Flute is a challenging instrument in the beginning. 
It is not recommend students begin flute just because their friends, siblings or parents play it, or because Mum always wished she had learned flute.
Flute is an exquisite and beautiful instrument which requires commitment and passion to master. Students who love the flute and commit to the learning process will excel. It is not a good choice for the casually interested.

Physical Attributes

  • Arms are long enough to hold the flute to the mouth and still cover keys correctly.
    (A curved head joint can be bought at extra cost for students who cannot reach)
  • Upper lip characteristics are conducive to proper embouchure.
    (When smiling do the upper gums show? This indicates a short upper lip.
    A short upper lip or a large triangle at the bottom centre of the upper lip make it difficult to form a good embouchure.)
  • Closed teeth meet evenly.
  • Good Finger co-ordination and dexterity
    Hyper mobile fingers can be problematic

Academic Attributes

  • Reading skills are above average
  • Focused and patient learner

Character Attributes

  • Strong work habits - willing to practice diligently and consistently
  • Does not give up easily
    (The first 6 months on flute are especially challenging compared to other instruments.
    Progress can feel slow and difficult. Once over this initial learning hump, confidence begins to lift and progress can accelerate swiftly. The required finger co-ordination and lip / breath control to create a good sound can take a while to acquire)

Blow Test Achievements

  • A clear tone is easily produced on the head joint.

Instrument Progression

Instruments to progress onto or double on:
Oboe - Year 5+
Bassoon - from Year 5+
Saxophone - Alto / Tenor / Baritone - especially for playing in Jazz ensembles
Mallet Percussion