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Thousands of years ago flutes were made from animal bones, with the oldest known example found dating back 43,000 years. Modern flutes tend to be made out of metal and definitely not bone! The modern flute makes a beautiful rich sound that floats across the top of an orchestra.

Learning to play flute

The flute produces sound when a stream of air is directed across the top of a hole on the mouthpiece. If you have every made a sound by blowing across the top of a bottle then you will probably be able to make a sound on a flute.

  • Benefits of learning the flute

    Learning the flute improves memory and concentration. As it demands great skill on both hands it will develop coordination and strength. The flute is instrument that encourages creativity, and offers opportunities to make music with other in groups and ensembles

  • Is it the right instrument for me?

    The flute is the most popular woodwind instrument. It is the highest pitched woodwind instrument and from the 18th Century it replaced recorders in orchestras. It can be found in a variety of ensembles and can play in all genres of music


You can start to learn the flute in our low cost group lessons

Find a flute lesson

Lessons are available in schools or at music centres after school and at weekends

Hire a flute

There’s no need to invest in an instrument as a beginner – you can hire one from us to play at home


The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect - it is too exciting.

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Registering for lessons

Lessons can take place in most schools during the school day or in our music centres across Berkshire. You can choose from group or individual lessons for any instrument. Once you have registered, our team will be in touch with options for lesson times to suit you.

Register here

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