What is a good age to begin the flute?
Students can begin as young as age 6 using an adapted flute (one with a curved head joint). Many students begin most satisfactorily at around age 9, when reading skills are more developed. Adults can start any time!
Where can I get a flute?
Many music stores offer flutes 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 practise?
Practise time increases with your ability. At the beginning 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 practise is unrealistic for many students. Good results can still be achieved when practising 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 month of lessons.
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. A workshop for overcoming nerves is offered every spring to help older students deal with nerves more effectively.