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Do You Need a Private Flute Teacher?

Taking lessons with a private flute teacher can help you grow and learn so much faster, but is it worth the expense?

We live in a world where it is so easy to learn anything. A quick Google search can bring up countless how-to videos or articles to help guide your self-study on just about any subject you like! But when it comes to learning an instrument, it is worth considering working with a private teacher, either one-on-one or in a group setting for a huge variety of reasons.

Private flute teachers ensure that you’ll learn proper technique from the very beginning

Bad habits are hard to kick, which is why it is so important to start your flute journey with good habits from the get go. A flute teacher will be able to help you avoid common mistakes and spot bad habits before they take hold.

A good teacher will be able to tailor lessons to your individual learning style and needs

Everyone learns in different ways. Some students are visual learners and either need to see things explained in writing or by watching something being demonstrated. Others are aural learners and need to listen to explanations or hear things demonstrated in order to retain information. Others still are kinaesthetic learners who learn faster by physically trying something themselves.

A good teacher should be able to identify your personal learning style and ensure that their teaching methods adjust accordingly so that you get the most out of your lessons.

They can give you feedback and guidance on your playing

While you can learn so much with self-study, it can be extremely difficult to assess your own playing and progress. For those who are teaching themselves, I highly recommend regularly recording yourself, so that you can listen back with a fresh pair of ears, and without the distraction of everything we have to focus on while playing (air, embouchure, fingers, support, articulation, dynamics…)

But having a second person, especially one who understands the instrument and music, will help you notice things you might miss in your own playing. Sometimes we think we’re accomplishing something like dynamics, but it’s just not coming across in the playing. A teacher will be able to spot these and generally give honest feedback on what you’re doing well and where you can improve.

They can introduce you to new flute repertoire

A flute teacher should thoroughly understand the wealth of flute repertoire and be constantly updating their knowledge as new pieces are written. They should be able to help introduce you to bother standard, essential repertoire and obscure but equally fun lesser-known pieces.

They will be able to find pieces that suit you perfectly: music that you will enjoy playing that is the ideal combination of challenging so that you’re always learning and pushing your comfort zones and achievable so that you never feel demotivated by a difficult piece.

They will help you develop a personal practice routine

A private teacher can help you to develop a practice routine that is tailored to your individual needs and goals. They will be able to help you design that practice plan and offer guidance on how to effectively practice so that you make the most of that plan. For some more tips on how to create your own perfect flute practice plan, head over to this post.

They help foster your passion for the flute and music

It is imperative that we enjoy what we’re learning – the more fun we’re having, the faster we learn! Unlike static how-to videos or articles, a teacher gets to know you personally and will start to understand what excites you and will be able to ensure that your lessons and practice plans cater for that.

Joy can also be infectious, so assuming you’ve found a teacher who really loves the flute and flute music, they will pass on that passion, even if only by osmosis of their enthusiasm!

They understand the instrument and how it works

Flute teachers thoroughly understand the instrument and how it works. They can answer any questions that you have about how the instrument works, tips and tricks that can help common hurdles specific to the flute and help you troubleshoot any problems that you may be having.

Regular lessons with another person create accountability

Look, I get it. Life gets in the way – all the time. It can be really hard to practice, especially if we’ve picked up the flute as a hobby. It’s easy to skip a practice session when something else more important comes up, like having a busy week at work or looking after kids. Even putting in your best effort, it can be hard to hold yourself accountable if no one else is checking in on you.

Regular lessons with a teacher, however, create accountability. You’ll want to show your teacher that you’ve improved over the week and that simple motivation can make all the difference in making sure we find time to practice.

A teacher can help introduce your to the wider flute community

We often learn better when we feel like we belong to a wider community and a flute teacher would help ensure that you are a part of their flute community. This could be through studio recitals, studio socials, flute choirs, or masterclasses. Your flute teacher will be able to help connect you to other players of various abilities and help you find ensembles or groups to play with.

Bonus tip: How to find the right teacher for you

These are all just a few of the many reasons a private flute teacher is a valuable resource. However! The most important thing to remember is that you need to find a teacher that is the perfect match for you. With the right teacher, you can soar, and with the wrong one…? Well….

So how do you find the right teacher?

it’s best to spend some time deciding what is important to you in your learning and progress: What are your goals? How fast you want to reach those goals? What level are you starting at? What are your learning styles? What motivates you? Do you want to learn for fun and in a relaxed manner or do you want to be pushed out of your comfort zone for fast progress? Does your schedule only allow for ad hoc lessons or do want to held accountable for weekly lessons?

Once you start narrowing down all these questions, you can start to paint a picture of what your ideal teacher might look like and then you can start your research. Check out this post for more tips on finding the right teacher.

Drop me a line today to find out if we’d be a good match and happy fluting!

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