Overview and History of the Flute


The flute is the oldest of the woodwinds dating back 800 years in Western Europe and North America. It is also unique because it is the only non-reed woodwind instrument. By the 17th and 18th centuries, the flute became a standard classical instrument through such composers as Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, and other famous composers of that era. The flute came into its modern appearance by the 1900s and has continued to be a part of the modern classical repertoire. As well as being a mainstream classical instrument, the flute has found its place in modern western music styles such as jazz, rock, pop and blues.

Check out the videos below on how to assemble, care for and play your flute!

  • The different parts of the flute
  • How to form the correct embouchure
  • How to play a flute headjoint
  • How to hold the flute and proper finger placement
  • How to play “Mary Had A Little Lamb”
  • How to play “Hot Cross Buns”
  • How to clean ¬†your flute

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