Your most frequently asked questions...
What is a good age to begin music lessons?
Students can begin as young as age 5 by using an adapted flute designed for young players. Dorie is trained in the Suzuki teaching method, which is fantastic for pre-readers. Students who prefer the more traditional learning route often begin most satisfactorily at around age 7, when reading skills are more developed.
Adults can start any time!
Where can I get an instrument?
Many music stores offer flutes, piccolos, and recorders for rent and/or purchase. Dorie can guide you through that process as well as in the selection of the make and model best suited to your needs.
How much should I practice?
Practice time increases with your ability. In the first month just 15 minutes a day is plenty as your muscles and embouchure (mouth shape for blowing) develop. Then progress to 30 minutes, then 45 minutes, and so on. Daily practice is unrealistic for many students. Good results can still be achieved when practicing 4 to 5 times a week.
When will I starting sounding really good?
This has a lot to do with time, effort, and patience. However most students develop a solid tone within
6 months, and very simple pieces can usually be played within the first 2 weeks of lessons.
Can you prepare me for festival performances and Royal Conservatory (RCM) exams?
Absolutely! Performing for an adjudicator and getting feedback from an outside source is a fun and exciting way to develop your skills. Contact Dorie for more information on how you can get the most out of exams and festivals!
Do I have to participate in recitals?
Participation in recitals is encouraged but not mandatory. That being said, every effort is made to help students to develop their self- confidence and to discover the fun of sharing music with others. Many students choose to play duets or trios at recitals, for example. Our regular online recitals are a great way to gain experience and confidence for that live performance too!