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 him learning to play the flute.
Music lessons are amazing for physical therapy.
Through tears she explained to me that he had been born so many weeks premature that the doctors had little hope for his physical and cognitive development.
I knew I could teach Bradley. I told his mother confidently that we would help him find his voice.
For weeks and months, we practiced picking up marbles, holding our fingers out one at a time and blowing pinwheels.
I discovered that Bradley was highly intelligent and only lacked the ability to push air forcefully from his body. I began “puff-puff-puffing” with him and sure enough, the air stream began to flow.
Much to my delight and complete surprise one day Bradley came to his lesson, pointed to the picture on his shirt and said “Mi-ckey-Mouse”!
I cried and cried with happiness.
He performed “Hot Cross Buns” at my next studio recital.
Everyone can learn, and it’s my pleasure to aid in giving a new voice to anyone who wants one.