How do pupils start learning?
offer the first session as a
general consultation to discover the pupil's needs and aspirations.
I also offer offer guidance on buying or renting an
instrument, as appropriate.
At what age should children start
learning the flute?
initial lessons on the fife. (see fife information). Generally, by Year 4-5 most children have
physical stamina to manage playing a full-sized
children start on the flute straight away?
is possible, depending upon the age of the child. However,
I often advise young students to start lessons
on the fife for a number of beneficial reasons (outlined
in fife information.)
are the costs for an instrument?
pack (fife and tutor book) can be purchsed for around
£11. Expect to pay
around £300 for a new beginner's flute, although many music shops
offer reasonably priced hire and buy rental schemes to spread the cost.
How do I choose a flute?
can provide guidance on recommended makes and models suitable
for your child either as a beginner or a more experienced
How much practice is involved?
ask for parents' support in encouraging practice. Generally,
little and often is best. Beginners would start with
a few minutes each day building gradually to and
ideal of 20-30 minutes
each day depending on the pupil's age and level of experience.
Can children take exams?
children like take exams as their proficiency increases.
Others prefer not to take them.
I am happy to enter children for exams as and when appropriate.
Why learn the flute rather any other
that you choose to learn needs to be one whose sound
and personality appeals to you. The flute is a relatively
straightforward instrument to learn and it is perfectly
possible to play make a good sound and play simple tunes fairly quickly.
What type of music do children learn?
study a wide range of musical styles. I choose fun, interesting and educational music which
I hope appeals to all.