Teaching



Introduction


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As a teacher, I believe that every student should be given the opportunity to learn, work and improve. I try to create relaxed atmosphere, where students feel free to express their own views, what they want to achieve and how they would like to do it. I understand that not everybody wants to become a professional musician, however I am quite strict with the basics of sound production and posture, so that there is a good understanding of the instrument and no harm could happen due to strained muscles.

Every person is different, that is why I believe that different teaching methods should be used for different students. All of my work is carefully planned ahead to suit those needs. I was happy enough, to be able to learn myself through two very different musical systems –the eastern and the western European styles, so I am using a balanced “diet”, taking the good from both systems.

As I said earlier, I do work hard so that my students have a good basic technique, but that does not mean that creativity is left behind even in the early stages of learning to play the flute.

With time, I encourage my students to think for themselves, by asking guiding questions, so that they are not merely following what I am saying, but they understand why I am saying it. All of this is leading towards the development of own style of musical interpretation.

The role of the teacher is that of a guide: someone who you trust to get you to where you want or need to be.

 



How to Start Playing the Flute


To start playing the flute, you first need a flute that works! You should be able to rely on your instrument.  I know it is quite easy to go for the cheapest flute that you can find on the market, but that is not always the best choice. If you already have a flute teacher – then just ask him/her, what instrument will be best for you. I you do not have a flute teacher, then at least find somebody that you can rely on and ask for advice. Buying an instrument on your own, without having the knowledge required, could turn out to be quite difficult.

Learning the flute takes a lot of patience, especially (but not only) in the initial stage. Only to produce a sound on the instrument could be feeling quite tricky for some people or easy and natural for others. Be patient! Aim to have quite relaxed lips while playing the flute, do not tighten the mouth muscles.

 Listen a lot to your teacher's playing, as well as recordings, so that you can hear what you should aim for as a sound quality.

Use a mirror a lot, so that you can observe the changes that you make. With time try to remember the different feelings.

Try sustaining long notes, this will help to improve your sound quality and purify it.