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 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.

 

Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.

Rebecca FullerRebecca Fuller
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18 thoughts on “Giving Yourself a New Voice”

  1. Aw, you’re so nice, Jim. I couldn’t be fulfilled in this teaching gig without such great students! ~Rebecca

  2. I could not agree more with Holly’s comments above. You really do make a HUGE difference in the lives of so many.

    I returned to module one.. you took the time to put those checklists in place, the very least I can do is take a serious look at them, and see what I’ve honestly completed in here.

    How does the flute help me? .. it gives the five year old a voice. I’m not liking getting older at all. The broken wrist did not help.. too many things on my list of things I used to be able to do better. It’s all good.. and I doubt with my somewhat twisted sense of humor I will ever really grow “old.” … there is no better therapy, young or old, than music. My flute, and the lessons you provide, keep that a constant in my life.

    So, I’d say it helps me quite a lot!

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  4. Hi Elenor, this is a really great question. If the dent is super tiny it’s not a problem at all- especially if you can’t even see it from the inside of the flute. Congrats on the flute! See you in the lesson modules. 😉 ~ Rebecca

  5. Eleanor Daniels

    Hey Rebecca,
    I have a question. My flute has a super teeny dent in it, is it big enough to go to the repair shop about? (It’s so teeny that I didn’t notice it ’till I saw the light shining off of it strangely.) I just got it, and it would be super awful if I had to go to the shop already.

  6. Yes, Makayla but he has grown to be a fine young man. And, he can speak… and walk! The doctors said he never would do either. Yay for inspiration and music therapy! 🙂 I’m glad you’re here learning. ~ Rebecca

  7. that is really sad that he could not speak but it was really nice for you to help hi learn how to play i sure he really appreciated your help i know that i appreciate all you help thanks a lot ~Makayla~

  8. Well, Holly,.. what a great post. I’ll listen to your soap-box anytime. You’re super kind, and I tend to agree with you that good education is AWESOME!!! And, I’m all for it. I so appreciate you noticing my efforts, and your interest in learning flute here. You’ll be blessed for sure! Love you XO XO Rebecca

  9. That must have been one of the most incredible experiences! I can’t imagine it. I would have cried and cried too! He touched you in such a deep way but I bet he’d tell you that you did so much more for him!

    My middle school band teacher, Mr. Simms, means so much to me even now. I can remember his face to this day. He had one of those scrub brush type moustaches and a partly balding head but the greatest smile! He was an incredible teacher and I’ll never forget him! What you do just cannot be quantified, Rebecca.

    I get on my soap box all the time about my thing (or NON thing) with celebrities. How I just do not understand this mindless, soul-sucking, LEMMING-like adoration of celebrities. And much more than that, I find it loathsome and despicable that, as the public, we’ve taken a normal human emotion, curiosity, which does unfortunately become a human weakness… nosiness… and change that into “RIGHT” somehow. “We have the RIGHT to know “… what s/he’s doing, wearing, eating, where they’re shopping, who they’re dating, etc etc. They’re in the public eye so somehow we have the RIGHT to know! Umm, NO we don’t!

    Anyway, let me get to my point. These celebrities, and singers, and athletes, etc, are being paid insane amounts of money… millions of dollars. To entertain! While the people in our country who truly make the most impact on our lives, hearts, and minds, get the least appreciation and the least income. Many struggle to survive and feed their families. Teachers, firefighters, policemen, nurses, etc. Our country is upside down and backwards and it drives me insane!

    You are part of that group of people who actually makes a difference in the lives of the people in our world. There are countless children and adults and elders whose lives you’ve enriched and even completely changed with your talent, your love for what you do, your patience, your passion to share your knowledge with others, and your kindness and personable nature. You, and people like you, should be pulling in those millions of dollars in my opinion. Front row seats, season tickets, to teaching sessions! Oh wouldn’t that be an amazing country! =)

    Anyway, I ramble too much. I was just so incredibly touched and charged and inspired by the story you wrote above, as if I had been there and witnessed it, that I felt moved to say a bunch of stuff. But I’ll hush now. Sorry for the novel-sized comment. *laugh*

  10. RebeccaFuller

    You’re very welcome, Johnny. I am so happy you are here to learn because it helps me have someone to teach. ~ Rebecca

  11. Yes Bill, I’m sure there are many out there who would benefit from having a kind person help them “find their voice”. Disabled or not, I sure have loved having music to touch my soul.

  12. Hi Bill, which check mark are you referring to? I may have to go in and check to see if a link is broken.

  13. That was a heartwarming story about the child and how you helped him find his voice. Would make an excellent motion picture and possibly help other people who are in the same situation.

  14. When I click the check mark I am not getting the pdf for motivation and to chart my progress.

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