California Music Studios has been connecting eager music students with independently established flute teachers throughout Southern California for over 25 years. Whether you live in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, or Riverside, CMS will connect you with a professionally trained instructor for in-home or studio flute lessons in a personalized, private setting. Prior to working with students each of the 300+ music teachers that CMS refers students to must first go through an extensive in-person screening and qualification process. It is through this stringent screening and interview process that CMS is able to achieve a 97% or better teacher/student matching success rate.
Learn to Play the Flute with Private Flute Lessons
The flute teachers that CMS refers students to provide one-on-one flute lessons in a private setting, allowing each student to learn to play the flute at their own pace, in their own learning style, and toward their own goals. In the rare case that our student and teacher are not a good match, switching instructors is quick and simple. We find that flute students are extremely dedicated, with the average commitment term lasting eight to nine months. We recommend weekly hour-long sessions, but lesson frequency is completely up to you. With practice and dedication, students build confidence to participate in our (optional) formal and informal recitals up to 65 are held per year.
If you are interested in learning how to play the flute, continue reading for additional information about this time-honored woodwind instrument.
History of the Flute
Unlike other types of woodwinds that use reeds to produce sound, the flute is a reedless wind instrument (also known as an aerophone) that creates different types of sound from air blown across openings of various sizes. The very first flutes were made of bone and, in some cases, date back 35,000-40,000 years, when they were most likely used during hunting and other ceremonious rituals. It is believed that these early flutes were the very first musical instruments in the world and give us invaluable insight into prehistoric music.
Since those first-bone flutes found their way into Germany’s Hohle Fels cave several thousand years ago, the flute has been one of the most common musical instruments. It has been used by different cultures in a wide range of countries. From China to Japan, Germany to India evidence of flute playing exists in some form on nearly every continent.
Playing the flute can bring a lot of joy and entertainment to both young children, teens, and adults. Here are a few tips to help you as you learn to play the flute:
- Flutes fall into two main categories: end-blown flutes and side-blown flutes. End-blown flutes are played by blowing air into the end of the tube portion of the instrument, while side-blown flutes are played by holding them horizontally and blowing into one side. In addition to these two general categories, modern flutes may be bass flutes in C, tenor flutes, treble flute in G, concert flute in C, alto flute in G, or soprano flute in E flat.
- Aside from the bone material of the ancient flutes we’ve discussed above, flutes can be made of wood, jade, iron, bamboo, aluminum, plastic, brass, silver-plated nickel, or even sterling silver. Each material can provide different notes, so testing out different tubing materials can help you choose which sound you like the best.
- Your bottom lip should be relaxed and curved, almost like you are frowning, and should not move while playing. The top lip is the one doing all of the work.
- Body posture and hand positioning are important. If you are sitting, your chair should be at a forty-five degree angle to your music stand, and your flute should be raised and held at the same height as your stand. Your left hand should be pressed against the flute, with the fingers of your right hand curled closely to the keys.
Links for Inspiration
- Some fun with a less-traditional flute rendition of the Inspector Gadget theme song.
- Bach’s Suite in B Minor is an extremely well-known flute piece.
- Michel Debost is a famous French flutist who currently works as a professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. After graduating from Conservatoire National Paris in 1954, Debost has worked as the principal flutist with the Orchestre de Paris and writes a monthly column called Flute Talk.
- Morning Mood, a fantastic and famous flute solo.
- Artist, performer, and mentor Sir James Galway is Ireland’s most accomplished flutist. Galway rose to prominence in 1969 when he became the principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1975, he embarked on an ultra-successful solo career in which he produced more than 50 albums. Galway’s contribution to the world of music was even recognized by Queen Elizabeth II, who knighted Galway in 2001.