If you are a resident of Mansfield, MA you've probably already heard of the Sharon Music Academy. You've listened to our students flute performance at your friend's home, school concert, public park or on local cable TV station. You've probably also read about our students' achievements and about our Academy in the Sun Chronicle, Wicked Local Mansfield, Boston Globe or online.The flute is one of the oldest musical instruments yet is still one of the most popular today. Flutes are part of the standard classical orchestral instrumentation, woodwinds and folk ensembles. In recent years many non-classical musical styles, such as jazz, pop and rock and roll, have begun incorporating the flute into their ensembles. The flute is also a wonderful solo instrument and there are many very beautiful pieces of music written specifically for it. You can learn more about the flute’s history from Wikipedia. During Flute lessons students learn all aspects of music and skills to master the instrument:
- Flute technique
- Sound development
- Breath control
- Reading Music
- Music Theory
- Ear Training
Flute Lessons FAQ
Q. At what age should I start to learn the flute?
A. It is best to start at eight or nine when a child develops the lung capacity required to play properly. A recorder or fife would be a good instrument to play at a younger age as it helps develop musicality, is easier to make a sound out of and cheaper. Children who begin their studies with a recorder progress faster on the flute than those who don’t.
Q. What type of flute should I start to learn on?
A. It is easier for young kids to start on a C-flute with closed holes and an off-set G.
Q. My child plays flute in the school band. What are the benefits of “private lessons”?
A. In many schools, band rehearsals are held as a big group lesson, with little to no focus on flute specifically or your child individually. In addition, the student is playing mostly in the second and third octaves so that they can be heard. Beautiful tone and vibrato are developed in the lowest register of the flute, which is not often used in band. Private lessons will, therefore, focus on your child’s learning, improve his or her abilities for band participation and expand the range of his or her flute mastery and repertoire.
Q. Where can I get a flute?
A. Even for a beginner it is important to have a quality instrument. We recommend Rayburn Music for rentals and purchases. To make it more convenient for our students the Sharon Music Academy has arranged with Rayburn to deliver and exchange rental flutes on site. Just visit Rayburn’s rental page and choose “Affiliate: Sharon Music Academy” in “Select District” drop-down menu. Write down the confirmation number and email it to us. Students of the Sharon Music Academy may also have discounts on some instruments sold by Rayburn. If you know what flute you want to buy you can also try Flute World