Specific Jobs of a Music Parent

Specific Jobs for a Music Parent

Having a child (or two) in music lessons is an incredible experience in a lifetime. The challenges and rewards are both endless. Since I’ve been both the parent and the music teacher for over 25 years, it’s time I give out a list of specific jobs for a music parent. …thank me later 🙂 If you are reading this article for yourself (and not as a music parent, but rather as the adult musician yourself), …

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How Parents Can Help With Their Child’s Music Lessons

How Parents Can Help With Their Child’s Music Lessons

I’m not sure parents really know how important their role is in the development of their child. My professional and motherly opinion is that parents ARE the difference. In this article I will answer the question ‘How parents can help with their child’s music lessons’. When a child starts their music lessons journey, most parents feel intimidated and unsure that they can even help. They may wonder if they should be involved during practice, lessons, …

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What Is The Difference Between a Student Flute and a Professional Flute

What Is The Difference Between a Student Flute and a Professional Flute?

You might find my answer to the question of ‘what is the difference between a student flute and a professional flute’ kind of surprising. I consider a professional flute to be the flute that is owned and played by a professional (someone who gets paid to play). Haha, that’s probably not the answer you wanted, but here are more specifics that will help you especially if you are in the shopping quest for a new …

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How to align your flute

Quick and Easy Tips to Align Your Flute

Learning how to align your flute is very important when going to play. It has an effect on your sound, position, tone, fingering, and so much more. In this Learn Flute Online article, we’ll explore how best to line up your flute. This will be one of the first things, and one of the very best things you can learn when getting started on the flute. Lining up the head joint is more important than you may …

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Giving Yourself a New Voice

Giving Yourself a New Voice

Learning to play the flute means giving yourself a new voice.  Although you already speak with your vocal chords, this will be a new means of expressing yourself. “You are going to love it.” I had a student for a few years who had been told he would never speak (or walk for that matter).  His mother was devastated and brought him to me to find out if I thought there was a possibility of …

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How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use

How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use

How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use Please watch the video below and read the article included.  Good luck! I recently had a nice dad email me over the choice of flutes for his young daughter.  They are going to be learning online from me.  We were lucky enough to be able to meet since they were in my area on vacation. This young girl is 8 years old very petite.  Learning …

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The Best Age for Learning the Flute

The Best Age for Learning the Flute

  The best age for learning the flute is: (drum roll…..) Almost any age!   I began my middle son when he was only 2 years old.  He cried and begged every day for me to “poot” with him.  (poot meant flute)  He was jealous of the time I was spending with his 5 year old brother while practicing.  So, I did it.  I purchased a plastic baroque recorder and we began lessons right away. …

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A Very Motivating Practice

A Very Motivating Practice

As a musician, flute teacher, and mother of professional musicians I have learned a thing or two about motivating others to get their practicing done effectively. My family and I (excluding my husband) perform a lot.  My boys actually have been paid to perform since they were six years old. (true!) Sometimes several times a week. This has gone in waves over the years, but I tried to count the performances we were involved in a …

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Can a 9 Year Old Practice the Flute Alone

Can a 9 year old practice the flute alone?

  Can a 9 year old practice the flute alone? Yes. And no. Children are so darn smart! I have had 24 years of experience teaching children under the age of 10 (and over, but that’s not the subject here).  Children are so darn smart!  I know they can do many, many things, but one thing I know is that they are really good at shortcuts.  Especially boys.  🙂 In my experience, when a child …

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