The Four T’s of An Effective Flute Lessons Teacher
Did you know that the playing flute was invented way before man started farming, domesticating animals, and doing metal works? The flute is an ancient instrument, initially made out of animal bones. But teaching flute students to play this rather fragile and austere-looking instrument has definitely gone a long way. From its humble beginnings, the flute is now a shining work of craftsmanship. It’s enchanting sound could be heard in classical and contemporary recordings, music ensembles, orchestras — captivating the emotions of music lovers through the years.
Learning to play the flute may just be a hobby or a career investment. Either way you ought to find a teacher who is effective in teaching flute lessons. Singapore aspiring flautists are very discerning in finding a flute teacher.
Here are 4 “T” – tips to remember in helping you find an effective flute teacher:
- TALENT: Playing a musical instrument requires skill and giftedness. A talented teacher can inspire and motivate you. And most likely, he will be able to pass on to you helpful techniques that will enable you to improve and progress as a flute player. Ask him to perform for you during the interview. Or you may ask for links to his website or social media where you can check out videos of his performances.
- TRAINING: Once you’ve found a talented teacher, find out if he has the ability and the qualification to teach. Talent and teaching are not like two peas in a pod. A great flute player is not automatically an effective teacher. Find someone who has had any considerable teaching experience. Or someone who had a undergone music teaching course. For young students and children, find someone with experience in handling kids. Or if you are already at an advanced level, your teacher should be playing more advanced skills and has reached mastery levels.
- Learning to play the flute requires regular sessions with your teacher. Ask your prospect the following questions to help you gauge whether he can commit to a firm schedule with you:
- Are you teaching part-time or full-time?
- How many students do you have so far and how much time do you spend per student?
- Do you do shows, onstage performances, concerts?
- TRANSMITS LOVE FOR MUSIC. A teacher’s love for music should be infectious. He should keep that music fire burning inside of you. Love for playing the flute will motivate you to reach for your goals and help you get through difficult moments.
Bonus “T”: And yes another ‘T’ is for transportation or travel time. Whether you or the teacher will be travelling to and from the place where sessions will be conducted, travelling may take a toll on either one of them if the place is too far or not easily accessible.
Finding a flute lessons teacher that’s right for you may not be that easy. Apart from all of the above, you also have to consider the teacher’s asking fee vis-a-vis your budget. It is rather impossible to get a perfect teacher. But with careful considerations based on the aforementioned guidelines, you’ll definitely find someone who is fit to a T!