Flute Lessons—What Age????

Janice Lohmann said: Nov 3, 2013
 1 posts

How old does a child need to be in order to begin flute lessons? My daughter will be 5 years old in December. I was told that she is too young and that she needs to be at least 9? I would really love her to start now if possible.

Whitney Reagan Kelley said: Nov 4, 2013
Whitney Reagan Kelley
Suzuki Association Member
5 posts

I began flute with the Suzuki method at age 4, and I have seen others start as early as age 3, so it is certainly possible. They do make smaller flutes with curved headjoints for the smaller students.

I would recommend checking out the Suzuki Teacher Location Service (https://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/teacherloc/) or asking around your area for other flute teachers who may be more comfortable with teaching flute to very young students. Hope this helps!

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 25, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
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Our local Suzuki flute teacher starts students as young as age 5, she likes the Azumi wave-line flute design for the younger students. I don’t play flute, but I think the wave-line doesn’t use a standard curved headjoint, but another curved design?

Vicki Blechta said: Jan 26, 2014
Vicki Blechta
Suzuki Association Member
Toronto, ON
1 posts

You are correct that the Azumi wave design is not the same as the standard curved headjoint. For my youngest students (I start them at age 4 or just before their fourth birthday) I use the Jupiter Prodigy, which is the smallest and shortest flute currently available as far as I know. I recently measured both the Prodigy and the Jupiter wave design flute (Azumi flutes are also made by Jupiter). The weight of both flutes is the same, but the distance from the embouchure hole to the first key of the flute for the wave design flute is about 4 and 1/2 inches further than it is on the Prodigy. This can be a significant amount for a very young student, and is therefore the determining factor for me. So personally, I would always choose the Prodigy for my smallest students. That said, your local teacher is in the best position to assess what is appropriate for each student, so I suggest that you go with what she recommends. It would be very helpful to hear from my other Suzuki flute colleagues about their experiences with these flutes.

Christopher Bengochea said: Jan 16, 2016
 11 posts

Are there any teachers that perform lessons via Skype of FaceTime?i have about 5 students that are eager, one very advanced. There are no teachers for 3-400 miles of where we live.

Christopher Bengochea

Sylvia said: Mar 18, 2016
Sylvia Evert
Suzuki Association Member
Inchelium, WA
19 posts

Skype is definitely an option. The parents would have to be very committed— basically learning the first book along with the child (depending on the age)— unless a parent has some flute background themselves. My daughter has taken Flute exclusively via Skype. She was 6 when she began. But then I do play, and now teach flute myself (taking book 1 this summer— so excited!). 4 of my own flute students are Skype students!

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