At what age can a student begin to learn the flute?
This depends on each child, but generally students entering the fourth grade, or age 9,are ready to begin learning the flute. Most students' arms are long enough and are able to learn to control their air more easily by this age. Students under age 9 can also begin learning the flute on flutes with a curved headjoint so their arms don't need to extend as far, or they can also begin their lessons on a recorder.
How frequently should a flute student attend lessons?
Students should attend their lessons every week. Weekly lessons help ensure the student is progressing at a steady rate, maintains good habits, and avoids bad habits. Weekly lessons also encourages practicing! Their lesson is a great goal to practice for and a time to create more goals for the next week.
My child participates in school band. How will private lessons benefit my child?
School band is a great place for kids to be introduced to music! However, the band teacher teaches all the band instruments to 30-50 students at the same time. Oftentimes, students who naturally excel at their instrument become bored at the slower pace of the group, while the students who need extra attention fall behind because the rest of the class is moving too fast. Private lessons allows the student to get instruction based on his/her needs and can move at the student's pace.