How do I help my child prepare for flute lessons or any private music instruction!

August 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment

by Pam Murchison, teacher with Kathy’s Music, LLC

Whether you’ve decided that now is the time to begin private music instruction, or you’re looking to start down the road, there are some great ways to help your child prepare for private music instruction! Here are my top five tips!

  • Attend live music events and listen to recordings of music

There are many community events that are age appropriate for your child.  Some events even feature an Instrument Petting Zoo, where children can see and even play instruments of the orchestra.  What better way to get your child excited for private lessons? In between concerts, listen to recordings of instrumental music in the car, or look for videos of instrument players on YouTube. Some of my favorites flutists are Alexa Still, Jeanne Baxtresser, Emmanuel Pahud, and Mathieu Dufour.

  • Make your own instrument

Making a homemade flute is a fun project (click here for instructions). This project will provide your child with an inexpensive method of exploring the instrument and will help your child learn how the flute works. Or, you can purchase a recorder.  It’s easy to produce sound on a recorder, and their simple construction makes them very easy to hold.  These instruments are inexpensive (less than $20), and can be a great way for children to explore wind instruments.

  • Prepare an area for practicing!

Practicing is a huge part of learning a musical instrument, and designing a dedicated area in your home can be easy and fun!  Designating a specific practice area underscores the importance of practicing, and provides a distraction-free zone for your budding musician.  All you need is a music stand, good lighting, your instrument and a chair.  A desk or dining room chair works best, and a small stool on the floor can be helpful to keep little legs from swinging. Add some pencils and a mirror, and the practice zone is ready!

  • Read books about flute or your preferred instrument.

There are many age appropriate books about the flute for your budding performer. Some of my favorites are “The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart” and “Fiona the Flute Fairy.” Check out the website “Flute Monkey” for more suggestions!

  • Attend classes that teach the basics

For children ages 5-7, the Kindermusik’s® Young Child curriculum covers all of the basics of music literacy, and provides a foundation that will benefit the child throughout his/her life.  Note recognition, rhythm reading, and ensemble skills are all necessary for music study.  If your child is a graduate of a program like this, now is the time to review materials and re-familiarize him/her with concepts of music notation.  However, this is not a requirement for private instruction! It simply gives the child a bit more confidence and information going in.  If I have a student who is brand new to music study, I like to spend a couple of weeks going over music fundamentals before we introduce the instrument in lessons. 


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