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. The first lessons were all about holding still while I counted to 10. We laughed and high-fived every time he could do it.
(I should finish this story with: fast-forward 18 years, and he is an amaaazing musician, and still loves to play the ‘poot’).
A few years ago worked with a 78 year old student who learned to play beautifully. He was so kind and generous. He understood the benefits of learning to play an instrument in his life. After-all, cognitive function enhances and memory retention are enhanced greatly with music study. His beautiful heart was demonstrated through his music. I could hear it and feel it.
Interestingly enough, he kept telling me that he had always wanted to learn to play the flute. He told me he wanted to learn well before he couldn’t handle a flute anymore. This sparked the teacher in me, and we worked together with much enthusiasm weekly. This is definitely a bucket-list item for many.
I once had a 78 year old student who learned to play beautifully. He was so kind and generous. Interestingly enough, he kept telling me that he had always wanted to learn to play the flute. He told me he wanted to learn well before he died. After only 2 years of lessons, he had a heart-attack and did indeed pass away.
I learned a lot of things from this kind man. He had so much happiness and joy in him when he came to his lessons. It sure was fun to be part of a life-long dream.
Have any neat stories?