Staple instruments in every school band and orchestra, the clarinet, the flute, and the saxophone are wonderful instruments for the student who would like to be in a musical ensemble. Since most students will already have been introduced to the recorder in fourth grade, moving on to another “wind” instrument (an instrument in which the sound is created by the use of breath) is a natural choice.
Most middle schools offer band for beginners and help them get started on the instrument. However, working with a teacher who specializes in your specific instrument and having a private lesson each week offers even more individual room for understanding and growth to occur. In lessons our teachers help students learn about such crucial elements as breath management, correct use of embouchure (the use of the mouth and lips to create a full, clear tone without strain), and efficient, flexible fingering. When a student learns these skills well from the beginning, playing the instrument is much more enjoyable for the student and the sounds produced are much more pleasing.
Our teachers love to introduce new students to the woodwind family of instruments and to also help students who already play achieve more from their musical endeavors. A good age to begin a woodwind instrument is around ages eight to nine, when adult teeth are in and most children are reading well and ready for the physical challenge of learning a musical instrument. If you have specific questions about your child’s readiness, please call us or bring it up at your consultation.
Meet our Woodwinds Teachers!