The flute is one of the oldest musical instruments of all and is generally regarded as the first ever wind instrument. It has been in use at least since the Stone Age. According to studies, 40,000 years ago early modern humans could have spent their evenings sitting around the fire, playing bone flutes and singing songs. The early bone flutes push back the date researchers think human creativity evolved.
Today the flute is still a very popular instrument with youngsters who generally begin to learn from around 8 or 9 years old. There are many opportunities to learn both at school and through private lessons, not to mention loads of ways to get involved with local orchestras. In North Tyneside it’s worth checking out the free opportunities for children to get involved in performing through NTMEH.
If you’re interested in private flute lessons in North Tyneside, Newcastle or Northumberland we don’t think you can’t do much better than learning from Rachel Dawson.
Rachel has been teaching for over ten years and has built a busy and varied teaching practice. She provides tuition from her own studio as well as in several local schools and at the Northern Music Centre in Heaton. She directs The Twyford Tootlers, an adult flute choir consisting of both concert and harmony flutes.
As well as performing as a soloist, Rachel also performs as part of The Astor Flute and Guitar Duo with husband Simon, and is a founding member of The Astor Chamber Ensemble.
If however, you’re in South Tyneside, Durham or Sunderland we’d absolutely recommend the fab Sweet Symphony School of Music run by the lovely Louise. They are based in the Washington area and have their own dedicated studios, enthusiastic teachers and a great reputation. Sweet Symphony offer professional and friendly music lessons to students of all ages and abilities, from preschool children to retired adults.
Are flutes expensive? They can be but don’t have to be; according to reports online the world’s most expensive flute is a Verne Q Powell platinum flute thought to be worth a whopping £134,000! Back in the real world, our student flute range starts with the John Packer JP011 at just £119. 🙂