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Flute is an instrument that can be successfully mastered by taking flute lessons at the best and the largest music school in Peel Region, Ontario - The Mississauga Fine Arts Academy.

Our students thrive because we offer the highest quality curriculum, individualized methods of study, and qualified, talented and very enthusiastic flute teachers. And we make playing the flute fun!

Check out this beautiful cover of “Despacito” on flute. It is so airy, poetic, rich and just so beautiful. It is truly an amazing instrument.

 

About Our Music School

Whether you just want to explore playing the flute and want to learn the basics or you are trying to improve and pass your RCM exams, we are the answer to your/your child’s flute learning needs.

Our music school offers the highest quality flute curriculum developed in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music. This provides our students access to a nationally accredited program and gives them an excellent and solid foundation in their music education. Our music teachers will work with you to prepare you for your auditions, competitions, annual concerts, recitals and every level of your Royal Conservatory of Music examination requirements in classical repertoire, music theory, ear training and sight reading.

Flute Lessons Mississauga at Our School

Our flute classes are for any flute lover out there, whether you are starting from the beginning or trying to perfect your already existing flute playing ability. Our Academy makes learning to play the flute easier and convenient by providing a range of available times for private in-person flute classes or online flute instructions in the comfort of your own home. We offer beginner and advanced levels of lessons for children and adults.

Our flute instructors are highly educated and very personable. They strive to help their students right where they are in their music journey and gently encourage them to persevere, practice and succeed. Our teachers have received their music education from prestigious institutions such as The University of Toronto, Humber College, York University, Conservatory Berklee College of Music, Glenn Gould Professional School, McGill University Faculty of Music, to name a few. Their solid education coupled with many years of teaching and flute playing experience makes them well prepared to provide you or your child with the highest quality music education. We strive to match each student with a flute teacher that is most compatible for the student's needs, personality and learning style.

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What Is Flute?

What Is Flute?

The flute is a woodwind instrument that produces sound from airflow across an opening. It is classified as an edge-blown aerophone instrument. The flute is a reedless woodwind instrument with a tubular shape. 

The musician playing the flute is called flute player, flutist, flautist and sometimes fluter.

The name flute likely comes from the Old French word “flaut” or “flaute” and perhaps influenced by the Latin word “flare” meaning “to blow”, or Old Provencal ”laut” for lute. 

The earliest use of the word “flute” was in the 14th century.

Flute's Origin

The flute is the earliest known music instrument dating back to the Paleolithic times. There are several archeological findings of flute-like instruments in Europe that date back 30 000 to 40 000 years ago. These first flute-like instruments were made of long animal bones and had several holes.

There is also evidence of very old flute-like instruments in other parts of the world, like Asia, India and South America. Some flute instruments were made of bones, and some of wood and clay.

Flute's Origin - Bone Flute
Replica Chi Flute

What was the first flute called?

The first known transverse flute was found in China, dating back to 433 BC, at the time of the Zhou dynasty in China. This first transverse flute was called the “chi” flute. It was made of lacquered bamboo with closed endings and holes on the side of the instrument.

What Are The Main Parts Of The Flute

The modern metal flute is based on a 19th century flute that included a keys and rods system invented by the flute-maker Theobald Boehm. 

The standard flute is made up of three major parts: the head joint, the body and the foot joint.

  • The head joint is the top section of the flute and includes the crown, the lip plate and the mouth hole. The head joint is not perfectly cylindrical all the way. It narrows towards its left end. This is called tapering. There is a so-called Y-tapered, G-tapered and a C-tapered tube.

  • The crown is the very top of the flute to ensure the air stream is directed correctly down the flute.

  • The lip plate is a raised area around the mouth hole.

  • The mouth hole is where the flutist directs the air to sound a note.

  • The barrel is the tube between the head joint and the body of the flute allowing for the head to be pulled out of the body to adjust  with the tuning of the instrument.

  • The body is the longest middle section of the flute containing the open holes, padded  keys and the rods.

  • The foot joint is the bottom section of the flute. It is the shortest part of the flute. It contains several keys. 

  • The flute nowadays can often be made of nickel, silver, brass and platinum. Some other flute versions are made of wood, bamboo, resin or other plastic materials. Plating materials used are nickel, silver or gold.
Flute Parts

What Are The Different Types Of Flute?

There are several types and categories of flutes. Some of them have been used in traditional music for centuries. The earliest ones come from China and India.

  • The side-blown or transverse flutes (also called a cross flutes) - such as the Western concert flute, the piccolo, the fife, the Chinese dizi, the Indian bansuri, the Korean Daegeum, the Japanese komabue and shinobue.

  • The end-blown flutes - such as the Chinese xiao, the Middle Eastern ney, the Balkan’s kaval, the Korean danso, the Japanese shakuhachi, the South American quena, the Madagascar's sodina, the Indonesian suling and the Armenian sring.

  • Fipple flutes - are a type of end-blown flutes that have a duct that guides the air to the edge, called the “fipple”. Examples include the recorder, the whistle, the ocarina flutes, the flageolet, the fujara and the tonette. 

  • The nose flutes are popular musical instruments in Polynesia, the Pacific Rim and Africa. To play this flute the player makes a ribbon-like stream of air using the nose, through a tube (flute) with holes.

  • Flutes can be open on one end (closed-ended) or both ends (open-ended). The panpipes like the siku are closed-ended flutes and the recorder is an open-ended flute.

Members of the Western Concert Flute Family

The modern flute has just over three octaves. Standard flutes are pitched in C. There are also lower pitched flutes (like alto and bass) that are larger. The piccolo is a half-size flute that is high pitched with a range one octave higher.

Alto Flute:

Alto Flute
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Bass Flute:

Bass Flute
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The modern concert flute family also includes the treble flute, the soprano flute, flûte d'amour, contra-alto, contrabass, subcontrabass, double contrabass and hyperbass flute.

How To Play The Flute

  1. Assemble your flute. The first step is to slide the head joint into the flute and align the mouth hole on the headjoint with the first key on the body of the flute. This will make it easier to play and produce the best tone. Next push the foot joint in the bottom of the flute and adjust it so the metal pin aligns with the keys.

  2. Tune your flute by adjusting the head joint. Pulling the headjoint in and out will adjust the tuning. Using a tuning app or achromatic tuner is helpful in tuning your flute.

  3. Hold your flute by resting its weight between your left thumb and left index finger of your hand. The left thumb rests on the first key on the bottom of the flute’s body and the left palm faces you. The rest of the left hand fingers wrap around the flute. The left index finger rests on the 2nd key, middle finger on the 4th key and ring finger rest on the 5th key. The pinky finger rests on the side key that looks like a paddle.

  4. Support your flute with the right thumb and wrap your right hand around the end of the flute. The palm of your right hand should face away from you. Rest your right index, middle and ring finger on the bottom three keys of the main body of the flute. The right pinky will be used to press the first key on the foot joint. Your fingers should make a C shape around the body of the flute. The position your hands make is important and will help you produce better sound.

  5. Hold the flute parallel to the floor with the end of the flute slightly tilted downward.

  6. Sit on the edge of a chair, keeping your back straight. Alternatively, you could stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your feet firmly planted on the floor. Make sure you are looking ahead, your arms are relaxed and away from your body as you raise the flute to bring it up to your mouth.

  7. Position the lip plate and the mouth hole underneath the center of your bottom lip. Balance the flute between the chin and bottom lip.

  8. Position your lips in an embouchure lip posture.

  9. Blow (exhale) the air from the middle of your lips towards the mouth hole with your mouth slightly open to play the flute. Look at the fingering chart to see which keys to press with your fingers.

  10. Make short notes (staccato) by moving your tongue back and forth and change the speed of your breath to adjust the pitch of the notes. There are breathing techniques that flutists use, like diaphragmatic and circular breathing, that help the flutist focus on optimizing air intake and enable continuous playing of the instrument.

The sound of the flute:

The beautiful sound of the flute
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Is It Hard To Play The Flute

Is it hard to play the Flute?

To a beginner flute player sometimes the flute, with all its keys and parts, can look intimidating at first. But once the player gets familiar with the flute’s parts and perfects the embouchure all they need to do to play different notes is press the keys. It is not very difficult. With a little bit of daily practice and perseverance learning to play the flute is not hard. Some students decide to get a rental flute and try it out before committing to buying an instrument they want to learn to play.

What Are The Benefits of Learning To Play The Flute?

  • Playing the flute promotes good body posture
  • It helps with the development of motor skills and finger dexterity
  • It promotes healthy breathing habits and core strength
  • Helps the player with social skills and teamwork when playing in the many recitals and with orchestras or bands
  • It promotes attention to detail, discipline and perseverance which then leads to academic success
  • Playing the flute can sometimes lead to easier acceptance into college or university music programs of choice and getting scholarships as a reward for the talent and skill
  • The flute is easy to assemble, disassemble and carry around
  • It is also easy to care for, especially the student type flutes
  • It is easy to learn to play other woodwind instruments once one learns to play the flute
  • Learning breathing technique for flute will help the players vocally and improve their singing ability if they decide to take on singing
benefits of playing the Flute

Instruments We Teach & Tuition

Our Academy of music provides highest quality flute instructions as well as many other types of private music lessons for children and adults. In an effort to accommodate your busy schedules and lesson preferences we provide private in class music lessons and online lessons, including:

Our current rate is $33.00 per 30-minute private lesson.

Lessons are scheduled once a week and available seven days a week. There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00. You do not need any prior musical experience to start any of these lessons. 

We invite you to contact us and start learning to play the flute with us. Everyone is welcome to join us. Come and enjoy music to the fullest and instantly become part of our big and happy music family, here at the Mississauga Fine Arts Academy.

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