Whether you’re preparing for a conservatory exam or playing just for fun, flute lessons give you the necessary skills to master your flute. Your instructor will work with you on these major elements:
1) Tone quality in flute lessons
The main element of flute. To develop a good tone quality, you’ll first work on tongue, lips, and mouth position.
- Tongue: The default tongue position for playing the flute is unique: the tongue should ideally lie flat in the mouth, like a perfectly balanced floor. If that feels too stiff, think of your tongue like a cat lying relaxed on that floor. This is used for when you’re either resting, or when you’re opening your mouth wide to play loud. You don’t want to force the tongue to be flat, and add any tension, but it should allow the mouth to be very open inside.
- Lips: lip position, AKA embouchure, is the most important element in learning the flute. Ideally, the corners of the mouth should be firm and spread, and the lips should point downward. You can read more about embouchure for the flute here.
- Mouth: how open or closed your mouth is while playing the flute will have a profound impact on how your flute playing sounds. Your professional instructor will teach you different mouth shapes and openings to expand your range of capabilities.
2) Breathing and air flow
After you’ve learned the basics of tone quality, mastering breathing and air flow will allow you to develop a steady sound. When you play the flute with too much air but not enough pressure, notes may sound weak and unclear. If you play with too much pressure but not enough air flow, the notes may not come out at all!
3) Basic musical skills for flute
The ability to read music is important to a student’s progress. When your basic musical skills are developed, you can advance to much more challenging music in your flute lessons. We also offer composing lessons, for those that want to learn more advanced music theory and songwriting.
4) Advanced techniques in flute lessons
For the flute, advanced techniques you will learn include the following:
- Vibrato – a rapid, slight variation in pitch that comes from playing with ease
- proper staccato – playing notes with sharp separation between them
- legato – playing from note to note smoothly and with connection
- double tongue – flipping the tongue back and forth – requires a great deal of stability to do well
- glissando – a continuous slide up or down to connect notes
- trills – this is the rapid fluctuation between two close-together notes during a sustain. These become more common in advanced pieces and etudes.
5) Musicality in flute lessons
As a student of Your Lessons Now, we want you to learn learn how to express yourself through your instrument, and that is the real music – adding the human element to your playing.
Alexis Korbe is a Lyric Mezzo Soprano, Flutist, and Collaborative Pianist.
Originally from Hays, Kansas, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute
Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Fort Hays State University.
There, she won the Lyle Dilley Outstanding Band Musician Award. In Wichita,
she received a Koch Cultural Trust Grant, the Frances Shelly Fellowship, and the Michael P. Tilford Fellowship. She held a Graduate Administrative Assistantship as well as a Graduate Staff Assistantship while attending Wichita State University.
Alexis finished a Master of Music in Flute Performance with Dr.
Frances Shelly in 2014 as well as a Master of Music in Opera Performance with
Dr. Pina Mozzani in 2016. She accompanied for WSU’s choirs, was a
Concerto/Aria Competition Finalist, and played keyboard and flute for
numerous shows with several companies. In 2018, she earned an Artist Diploma in Voice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at UIUC, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant, earned a Graduate Teaching Certificate, and was rated ‘excellent’ by her students.
Alexis also performed as the alto soloist for the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana’s Gala Recital featuring Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Most recently, she has performed with the Opera San Antonio chorus in several operas and freelanced as an accompanist/vocal coach.
Some of Alexis’s favorite roles have been Prince Orlovsky in Strauss’s Die
Fledermaus, Miss Effie Belle Tate in Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, and the Witch in
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She also played the role of Maddalena in the
Rigoletto quartet for Lyric Theatre-Illinois’s production of Viva Verdi!. As a
skilled accompanist, Alexis has enjoyed performing for multiple stage
productions including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chicago, The Music Man, and many others.
In her spare time, Alexis enjoys cooking/baking, video gaming, and playing with her adorable cats and bunnies.
Melodi Alper is a voice, piano, guitar, and flute teacher from Izmir, Turkey. Her classical music education started at age 5 with solfege training, continued with playing the piano at age 6, and began guitar training at age 10.
From an early age her dream was to be a professional pianist! She has studied piano with many great pianists such as Basarcan Kivrak and Basak Goren Han at Armoni School of music. She has also had the honor of playing flute in many formal ceremonies!
Since 2015, Melodi has been teaching private lessons with a passion for both music and LGBT acceptance.