The 8 Best Student Flutes
Why Every Child Should Learn To Play An Instrument
On the topic of childhood carelessness, playing an instrument also instills a sense of responsibility in kids.
It also allows a child to set short-term goals for himself and experience the joy of accomplishment.
If you have children, then you know at some point during their elementary school years, you can count on the jarring but also endearing sound of them learning to play the recorder — a kind of flute — wafting through the halls of your home. Learning to play the recorder is mandatory in many elementary schools across America. This is because school administrators understand the benefits that come from learning to play an instrument. The flute became the instrument of choice typically because it is small enough to be manipulated by the hands of a child. As a wind instrument, it relies simply on the player's breath, rather than the vibration of certain materials coming together, making it relatively easy for a child to learn to play. The flutes on our list are not recorders, but rather what are called transverse flutes, which are a natural step forward in your child's musical education.
Studies have found that musicians have a better memory than non-musicians. Considering that children in elementary school are at an age when they're taking in a tremendous amount of information that will form the foundation of their education and higher learning, any activity that improves their ability to create and store memories is very important. Learning to play an instrument can help teach a child to have more patience, as well, which is not a trait most young children are known for. It also allows a child to set short-term goals for himself and experience the joy of accomplishment. When he hears the reward of that one song finally coming out correctly, he's encouraged to pursue his next short-term goal.
Playing an instrument improves one's hand-eye coordination tremendously, too. If your little one is constantly knocking items over and bumping into things around your home, perhaps learning to play an instrument can put an end to this clumsiness. On the topic of childhood carelessness, playing an instrument also instills a sense of responsibility in kids. They learn they need to take good care of their instrument, cleaning it and storing it properly, if they're going to get to continue to play it. Of course, kids can sometimes still make mistakes, which is why the flute is a particularly good first instrument for little ones. Since it costs less than many other instruments, it isn't quite as devastating if a child drops or loses it.
What To Look For In A Student Flute
If your kid is reluctant to pick up the flute at all, you may want to find him one in a bright color to draw him in. Regardless of his interest level, make sure his flute is lightweight, since your little one probably cannot support a hefty instrument for now. Flutes with drawn tone holes can be a good choice for kids because they are naturally a little lighter than those with soldered tone holes. These also offer a quicker response and less resistance, which are traits impatient children will appreciate. A student who is new to this instrument may also benefit from clear footjoint markings.
If your kid is reluctant to pick up the flute at all, you may want to find him one in a bright color to draw him in.
Since children are often rushing around and not always paying attention to their surroundings, it would be a good idea to look for a flute that is chip resistant. If your child's flute comes with a padded carrying case, even better. You don't want his flute knocking up against his pencils and books inside of his backpack. Some even come with cleaning supplies, which will start your child off on the right foot in terms of caring for his instrument. If, however, you know your kid probably won't get around to cleaning his flute, look for one made of ABS plastic, so you can quickly clean it with simple soap and water for him.
If your child takes his flute-playing seriously, there are a few recital-ready features you should look for, like a lovely nickel-plated finish or a sophisticated silver finish. These ensure it will look nice when they are on stage. Depending on your child's experience level, you may want a flute with a very sensitive response for beginners or a little more resistance for advanced players.
The History Of The Flute
The flute is actually one of the first confirmed discoveries of an instrument in human history. In 2008, researchers found a vulture bone that had five holes drilled into it and a V-shaped carved mouthpiece in Ulm, Germany, that they date back to around 35,000 years ago. Historians also found several other versions of flutes in the same cave where they found the vulture bone. These were made from various other animal bones and in several different shapes, suggesting that the nearby town had a rich music culture. There was also a discovery of a flute dating back to 433 B.C.E in the Hubei province in China, which historians believe belonged to the Zhou Dynasty. This flute was made from bamboo and was called a chi.
The design of the flute was constantly changing as humans sought to improve its tonal range.
Flutes have long been an integral part of social celebrations and culture. In the 1100s and 1200s, the instrument was predominantly used in courtly music and in the military, but in the 1300s, the Swiss made it popular with the masses. Wealthy families during the Renaissance would hire groups of flute players to entertain them in their homes, while the 1600s and 1700s saw the emergence of the solo flute player. This is when composers like Bach and Handel began creating pieces for the instrument. A few renowned traveling flute players popped up then, too, like J.J. Quantz who made a living performing at concerts in different countries.
The design of the flute was constantly changing as humans sought to improve its tonal range. By the 1900s, nearly every country had its own version with a different number of holes, position of holes, length of the instrument, and more. Around this time, Theobald Boehm of Bavaria came out with a flute that allowed for a more comfortable hand position than most previous versions. This would come to be known as the Vienna style flute, which is still very popular today.