To Rent or Buy?

Raising your musician requires a long-term emotional/financial commitment 

Benefits of Renting

  • Practical way to determine child’s interest in the instrument
  • Convenient pay-as-you-go contracts
  • Short-term contract that may offer rent-to-own as an option
  • Repair/theft covered if renting from local stores

Renting Downsides

  • Monthly rental fee may have extra/hidden fees. Ask
  • Rent-to-own may be more money in the end than purchasing
  • Used flutes need specialized cleaning supplies
  • Be sure to review vendor’s Better Business Bureau rating

Benefits Of Buying

  • Can be costly up front, but may be the preferable choice
  • Better quality instrument in top condition
  • Gives child a greater sense of commitment/pride.
  • Parents take a greater interest in child’s development

Buying Downsides

  • Can be expensive long-term commitment needing upgrades
  • Switching instruments, becomes expensive to buy another
  • Most new instruments loose resale value

Student Frustration Factor

  • After initial excitement fades, basic things may seem difficult.
  • Frustration can dissuade children from going further.
  • Pushing through this period are signs they can commit long-term.

Proven Support Systems

  • Ensembles (friends pursuing similar interests) help sticking to it
  • Parental support helps balancing fun exploration and rigorous discipline.

Is My Child Too Young To Start?

  • It is easier to teach children when young
  • By doing so, they reach the enjoyable phases of music mastery sooner.
  • Inspiration and passion produce commitment.

These Proven Acts Trump Age

  • Supportive home environment
  • Listening to music. Seeing others play. Going to concerts
  • Big-picture vision (what music can lead to in artistic beauty and/or career)
  • Determination of commitment (stick to it potential)

Flute Difficulties

  • Blowing
  • Difficult to hold for small children (arms not fully grown)
  • Only comes in 2 sizes

Recorder As Stepping-Stone Instrument

  • Easy to blow and hold; lightweight
  • Durable, inexpensive
  • Fingerings transfer easily to the flute
  • Only 3-6 months before transferring

Safe To Buy Signs

  • Child is self-motivated
  • Shows excitement. Explores instrument on their own
  • Child’s potential benefits outweigh financial risks.

Deciding to Purchase?

  • Get valuable model/purchase advice from lesson teacher
  • Teacher works with trusted flute brokers getting best price.
  • Instrument certificate guaranteed against factory defects.
  • Teacher checks out flute in your lesson before you buy
  • Try Before You Buy! Never buy from the Internet



Why Play An Instrument?
  • Increases the capacity for memory, sharpens concentration
  • Aids in coordination of motor and comprehension skills
  • Promotes listening skills and breathing
  • Produces alpha waves soothes and calms
  • Refines time management and organizational skills
  • Builds commitment, responsibility, discipline, perseverance
  • Boosts team and social skills and personal confidence
  • Exposes to art and cultural history
  • Gives sense of achievement
  • Elevates performance skills and reduces stage fright
  • Call us flute-player or flutist but not flautist!
  • Call us flute-player or flutist but not flautist!
  • The word origin of flutist is from French flûtiste, older than the word English flautist, which came Italian flauto.
  • Flutes are one of the earliest instruments and mentioned in the Bible.
  • The flute is the closest instrument to the natural singing voice.
  • Flute sizes from piccolo, C flute, alto, tenor, bass and contrabass flute.
  • Piccolo and the C concert flute are the highest pitched instruments.
  • Flutes are made of bone, wood, glass, ivory, plastic, resin, brass, nickel silver, silver, gold and platinum.
  • Theobald Boehm helped create the modern flute between 1831 and 1847.
  • King Henry V, Napoleon, King George III, George Washington, Quincy Adams, James Madison and Leonardo da Vinci, Caruso, Mancini, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Alan Poe played the flute.
  • As the most popular instrument, millions of flute-players are in the world
  • Here’s a cool link to show the mechanism of the flute!
Copyright: Why Do I Have To Buy My Music?

Whenever you write a poem or story, class essay or draw artwork, your original works of authorship are protected. As a creator, you have the right to let or not let others do the following:

  • Make copies or distribute your work
  • Perform your work publicly
  • Display your work publicly on Internet or television
  • Make adaptations or new uses of a work, or translating

A Legalities Lesson

  • In general, it is illegal for anyone to do any of the things listed above without the composer’s permission
  • Exceptions/limitations to your rights as a Copyright Holder are in Fair Use (Copyright Act of 1976) codified in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

Why Should I Care About Copyright?

  • Gives rights preventing people copying and doing things with artists work
  • Allows musicians to get paid for the wonderful music we enjoy.
  • Respects artists rights to control what people can and cannot do with it

Which Works Are Protected by Copyright?

  • Recordings, Musical works, including any accompanying words
  • Literary works (includes computer software)
  • Dramatic works, (including accompanying music)
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works
  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  • Film and other audiovisual works
  • Architectural works

Which Works Are Not Protected by Copyright?

  • Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, (but written or recorded descriptions, explanations, or illustrations of such things are protected)
  • Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; mere listings of ingredients or contents (some titles and words might be protected under trademark law)
  • Un-tangible forms of expression: improvised speech or performance that is not written down or otherwise recorded
  • Works of information commonly available, containing no originality