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Cheryl Suwardi, Instrumental Music Teacher

Highland, IN ~ 219-690-8945

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Flute Lessons

 

 

Taught by an experienced woodwind specialist who has bachelors and masters degrees in music education and an Indiana teacher license

 

 

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"We are so blessed to have found such a wonderful and caring music teacher like you! Looking forward to another year of fun and educational music lessons and events with you!"
~ Parents of a 10th Grade Flute Student
 
 

"Good news! Our daughter did very well in the audition and made honor band! Thanks for all your wonderful instruction."

 

~ Mother of a 6th Grade Flute Student

 

 

 

 

Flute lessons are personalized to fit each student's goals, preferences, and needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flute Information and History

The flute is a high pitched instrument in the key of C. Flute music is written on the treble clef staff. Sound is produced by blowing a column of air across the head joint's hole. The flute produces a velvety tone in the low register and a brilliant tone in the upper register. It requires as much air to play the flute as the tuba!

 

Famous composers who have written for the flute include:

 

Famous flautists include Sir James Galway, Lady Jeanne Galway, and Jean Pierre Rampal.

 

Famous people who have played flute include Leonardo da Vinci, George Washington, and Henry David Thoreau.

 

Hear the Flute

You can listen to the flute by clicking here.

 

Flute History

The flute is one of the oldest instruments ever found. Flutes have been found that date back at least 9,000 years. These flutes were found in China. You can read more about them and hear them being played recently here. Modern flutes use the Boehm key system and have developed into the instruments we hear most often today. You can learn more about the history of the flute here.

 

Members of the Flute Family

The standard Western classical flute is a C flute, but there are other flutes throughout the world too. Other Western classical flutes include the piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute. Flutes are found throughout the world with many uses including as classical and folk instruments. Other members of the flute family are the Baroque flute, fife, flageolet (French), Indonesian flutes, Native American flute, ocarina, panpipes, soprano recorder, alto recorder, and bass recorder.

 

 

Let the Fun Begin!

 

 

Beginning Flute Lessons

Flute lessons begin with learning how to form your embouchure. An embouchure is the formation of the lips and mouth to make sound on a wind instrument. Next, you will learn how to create your embouchure on the head joint and play long tones on it. Then, you will learn to assemble the flute and play the notes G, A, and B as long tones and in pieces. The most famous pieces that can be played with only these notes are "Hot Cross Buns" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb." From there, we will continue learning more notes, rhythms, technique, and pieces.

Often times, parents wonder how old their child must be to start the flute. I recommend starting in 2nd grade or older. I would be happy to meet with you to determine whether your child is ready to begin learning the flute or another instrument.

 

 

Intermediate Flute Lessons

Intermediate lessons start at a suitable place for the player. Your first lesson will begin with a discussion about your goals, current performance activities, and hopes for future performance activities. Then, I will ask you to play some scales and music you already know. (Make sure to bring your music!) From there, we will create a plan for the remainder of our first lesson and future lessons. Lessons will include tone production, scales, rhythms, technical material, exercises in musicianship, and solo repertoire. We may also study ensemble/band repertoire.