August 2010 Convention
Anaheim, CA

Physical Considerations for Teaching Beginner Flutists

Karen Lonsdale's presentation on teaching beginning flutists included many suggestions for accommodating size considerations for small size students. We tend to have "one size fits all" flutes, so consider these alternatives. Some instrument options to consider for young (and small) beginners would be the reasonably priced Yamaha fife, a curved-head flute, particularly the Jupiter prodigy with no footjoint. This instrument's lowest note is D1 and the absence of a footjoint makes the lighter-weight instrument easier for young hands to handle. Teachers should also consider set-up position for balance and hand/body position to discourage twisting of young backs.

—Phyllis Avidan Louke