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How to start out as a young flute player

Over the the years I have listened to many flute teachers discuss the best time and way to start...

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The Importance of Breath Control

Good breathing or breath control is the fundamental basis of good flute playing. The first thing...

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An Examination Of Posture In Flute Playing

The following article is the intellectual property of Eleanor Nichol. Please do not reproduce...

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Tips for memorising music

Some people wonder what the best method is to memorise pieces of music. I believe the best way...

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  • J. J. Quantz's 'On Playing the Flute' Editor's Pick

    Flavia Hirte Flute Teacher (West London) Picture J. J. Quantz's On Playing the Flute is one of the most important works in the history of flute teaching. This seminal work provides an insight into the history of the flute, its making, its techniques, and its use in performance. It also offers expert advice on general musicianship, which is...
  • The painting musician

    Alice Thompson Flute Teacher (South East London) Picture "ut pictura musica - as is music, so is painting." This phrase replaced "ut pictura poesis - as is painting, so is poetry" at the end of the Eighteenth Century when the Romantic movement began to spread across Europe and revolutionise the expression of The Arts. The original phrase "ut pictura...
  • Always practise success Editor's Pick

    Simeon Wood Flute Teacher (Huddersfield) Picture Whilst studying flute at music college I sat in on a masterclass given by Geoffrey Gilbert. I remember little of the playing that went on that day but have held on to the maxim he mentioned and that was to “Always practise success”. Don't waste time playing things wrong. Be diligent and...


  • Music is Play: the Importance of Improvisation

    Katy Ovens Flute Teacher (South West London) Picture  There is an unmistakable magic to making up a story on the spot for a child. The landscapes, characters, smells and sounds that take form and live in your imagination are all brought to life through the transportation of words. You may have a vague idea of where the story might go but...
  • How Yoga Can Help Your Flute Playing

    Elizabeth Marr Flute Teacher (South East London) Picture As part of my Masters Degree which I have recently completed I had to do a Master Research Paper.  The topic I chose was if and how yoga can be used to benefit flute playing with specific interest in the effects on posture and breathing.  What I have found has been a revelation to me and my...
  • Three Points of Good Teaching

    Vicky Yuan Flute Teacher (North West London) Picture There are three key areas that I think are important when considering how to be a good teacher. A good teacher must endeavour: To understand and build up a good relatioship with their student The teacher should get to know their student's personality and build a good relationship with their...