Katie Higgins Flute Teacher Newcastle NSW
What is a good age to start?
Students as young as four years old can start learning the flute.
Light instruments with a curved head joint are available for purchase or hire for this age group. The Suzuki method is best for beginners, as it relies on a 'Mother Tongue' approach to learning. (Please see link below) If students start at an early age they are able to enjoy playing in groups and progress much faster than an older student.
What do I need to start?
You will need an instrument and the discipline, time and patience to master a new skill. A music stand, metronome app, device to play recorded music, music books and a place to practice are also essential.
I have quality flutes and curved headjoints for hire, contact me for details.
How do I buy a flute?
Learning to play an instrument is a significant investment both in time and resources. Purchasing a quality instrument will ensure that students, even beginners, don't struggle with an instrument that doesn't work properly or is of poor quality.
The most reliable student model flute brands are:
These flutes can last for many years with proper care, and be resold when the student graduates to an intermediate model. They will cost $500+ but are well worth the investment.
Flutes and Flutists in Northbridge (Sydney)
Flute Tree/Woodwind Group (Sydney)
Secondhand flutes can be of good quality, but need to be thoroughly checked, otherwise they can cost more in repairs than a new flute.
Please don't buy a cheap flute online as not all flutes are the same and often you get what you pay for, which can cause huge problems for the beginning student.
Lessons are for 30/45/60 minutes length depending on the level of the student. More advanced students need longer lessons to cover advanced material and music theory.
Students undertaking AMEB exams and school assessments may need longer lessons and I will contact Parents in this situation.
Lesson Fees for 2017/18
Group lesson (2 students) $19 each student*
30 minutes $38
45 minutes $57
*Group lessons are offered for 2 Terms, then students graduate to individual lessons.
Fees for the whole school Term need to be paid within the first three weeks of Term. If students are not continuing for the following Term, two week's notice (before the end of the current Term) is required. The whole Term's fees must be paid for in advance.
Students have many opportunities to perform for and with others. Some opportunities are:
* Flute Ensemble, rehearsals and performances
* Eistedfodds and competitions
* AMEB exams and recitals
* School Assemblies
* Church Music
* Suzuki Graduation recitals
Parents are vital to students' progress in music. Supervision of practice, particularly for younger students, is necessary.
Parents can encourage students by asking about their current repertoire and by attending concerts and performances.
Students should be practicing on average 30 minutes per day. Younger beginners may be less than this. More advanced students should be about 45 minutes. Students love to perform to Parents and siblings as a general rule, so encourage your student to play for you whenever possible.
Students will learn:
* How to play with a beautiful tone
* How to play a piece of music from memory
* Excellent aural/listening skills
* How to perform confidently
* How to stand correctly to support their sound
* How to read music, and...
They will gain great confidence as they progress each week and enjoy performing with and for others!