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.