Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Top Ten Reasons to Take Flute Lessons

The top ten reasons to take flute lessons from a quality flute teacher:

10. The flute teacher knows about a whole lot of really cool flute music (sheetmusic, flute CDs for playalongs, flute duets, flute solos, and general cool stuff that can be hard to find on your own.)

9. The flute teacher knows what it's like to be a flute player (they might have insights into EXACTLY what you're going through in band, at school, in your competition, in your life!) and may be able to offer tips to help you through each stage.

8. The flute teacher can test your instrument and determine if it needs repair or replacement (saving you loads of frustration.)

7. You can play high quality duets in your flute lessons for fun. And you can meet a whole lot of other flute playing students, get connected to flute groups, and play in flute choirs and other groups through your teacher's studio connections.

6. You can learn fascinating insights about performing flute music.

5. Your flute teacher may be the only person you know who feels as passionately about flute playing as you do!

4. A quality flute teacher will save you YEARS of working on the wrong things and wasting your own time.

3. Flute lessons are less expensive than almost any of your other activities, and the happiness lasts longer.

2. A good flute teacher will open up incredible worlds of musical imagination to you.

And the number 1 reason for taking flute lessons:

1. So that you can enjoy your flute playing more than you even thought possible, because it's EASIER than you thought to be really really good at it. :>)

Hope this helps, send it on to flutey folk you know who may want lessons.

Jen Cluff
Comments (14)
Blogger Susan said...


These are really great!! Can I borrow them?

Susan in VA

Monday, April 16, 2007 3:26:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Yes, please feel free to hand around, print or send, but add my website address to the bottom, thanks:

It will help prospective flute students to find all the other flute articles.

Monday, April 16, 2007 9:37:00 AM

Blogger Christina said...

Now if only I could get parents to realize those points as well. I think so many just think a flute teacher is a flute teacher. And nothing against music stores, but the one I used to teach at would just let anyone come in and teach. The parents didn't even ask about credentials or anything. The couple people highly qualified charged more and had fewer students, because parents preferred the cheapest teacher.

Friday, April 20, 2007 3:31:00 PM

Blogger pete said...

Thanks for the help, especially the diagrams for how to blow! I've had a flute for 2 whole days (!)

P.S. Your feedburner subscribe won't work. It says you don't have an email subscription ...

Sunday, April 22, 2007 6:01:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Eleven,

I just tested the feedburner subscription and it worked.
Maybe it was on a "time out" when you tried it.
Feel free to try again,

Sunday, April 22, 2007 9:26:00 AM

Blogger pete said...

Feeburner still gives this message after the email verification page:-

The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled

Email Subscription Request

Monday, April 30, 2007 9:46:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Thanks for the headsup, 11, I'll look into it.

Monday, April 30, 2007 10:47:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jen,
I Really wish my mom and dad would get me a Flute Teacher. I Really Really love the Flute and want to play it for a long time. I'm just wondering how much it would cost, To get a good teacher thats fun to be around.

p.s. A teacher in Regina

Saturday, September 06, 2008 3:54:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Dear Ericka,
There is a flute choir in Regina, run by a very nice colleague of mine from my University days.
Check it out here:

Good luck, and don't forget you can raise your own flute lesson money from washing cars, walking dogs, shovelling snow, and/or house cleaning.

Saturday, September 06, 2008 5:00:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

P.S. Ericka, that link seems to not work too well.
Here's the info:
Campbell Flute Choir
2112 Argyle St.
Regina Saskatchewan


Best, Jen

Saturday, September 06, 2008 5:03:00 PM

Blogger Barbara D'Angelo said...

I have been searching for a flute teacher, the closest I have found so far is 230-270 miles away. So while it might be nice to have a real teacher I can't see this being a possibility with this distance and my erratic work schedule. I have thought about online classes but not sure of the quality of them.

Thursday, October 03, 2013 8:01:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Online lessons are a relatively new phenomena, and the quality is going to be of all levels depending on who the teacher is and what teaching experience they have.
Also students come in all levels too. For complete beginners, working without weekly hands-on lessons can lead to lots of bad habits that are later hard to break. So I would try an online teacher who's very experienced, with a strong resume, and a knowledge of how to work with all levels.
Here's an example:

Where do you live that's so far from every other flute player?

Thursday, October 03, 2013 9:20:00 PM

Blogger Barbara D'Angelo said...

I live in Northern Maine, I have been searching on line for teachers but with no luck. The several music stores I have looked at are mostly targeted on piano or guitar with teachers only in these areas.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:22:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Barbara,
Try this:


University of Maine flute teacher to ask who teaches in your area:

Working flute performers who come from Maine (find out who they know who teaches in your area):

Music Educators of Maine (ask who teaches flute in your area):

National Flute Association to access rural Maine teacher's list:

Also try various teacher search methods (phoning universities and conservatories):
See article on "Finding a Flute Teacher":

Good luck,


Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:35:00 PM


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