What is the age to start flute lesson?

What is the age to start flute lesson?

– It’s great to start learning music at an early age, but parents must make sure students are both physically and academically ready to begin studying the flute.

– The most important factor to decide whether a kid can start playing flute, is the size of the palm and arm. In order to facilitate playing all the keys of flute.

– As a wind instrument, it is also important that the student has a developed lung capacity to play. The youngest age for asian to start usually begin around 7-9 years old.

– Younger students can use a curve head joint to reduce the length of the flute, while not affecting the overall sound quality or technique. But I would suggest to just wait for another 1-2 years for them to grow and able to support holding a regular flute. Because you won’t need the curve head joint anymore in your lifetime flute playing journey when you grown up.

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– Adult classes are available, it is never too late to learn music.
Even 60+ years old grandpa passionate about learning flute, what are you waiting for?

IMG_7729*adult student (60+ years old)

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IMG_7833  *teenage student (18 years old)

IMG_9327  *adult student (30+ years old)

IMG_7754-2 *boy (8 years old)

IMG_9204.PNG  *girl (7 years old)

IMG_5923*boy (11 years old)

11356044_10204591864864600_1599518879_n*teenage student (13 years old)

 

****Lessons are specially design for different age group.****

-Unlike the guitar or piano, playing the flute is less intuitive and therefore it is not an instrument that can easily be self-taught. You need someone to give you direct feedback and to avoid development of bad habits. It is way more challenging to change a bad habit than learning a new technique.

Levels/What will student learn in class?

There are 4 levels for Ms Chew’s flute lesson :

  1. Beginner : Grade 0 – 2
  2. Intermediate : Grade 3 – 5
  3. Advanced : Grade 6 – 8
  4. Diploma : DipABRSM/ARSM/LRSM/FRSM/ATCL/LTCL/FTCL

**Grading based on UK examination board system.

**Different fee for different levels.

Example of topics included in lesson: 

  • How to hold the flute correctly, the proper posture, the fingering for notes and how to breathe while playing the flute.
  • Correct embouchure formation.11429940_10204591864464590_23975584_n
  • The proper technique to assemble, clean and take care of their instrument.
  • How to read music score.
  • Musical knowledge from basic to advance level.flute-parts
  • Improve their tone colour and intonation to play flute.
  • Different articulation and techniques.
  • Vibrato
  • Ensemble techniques
  • Tuning
  • Listening skills
  • Music theory
  • Musicianship skills
  • Musical characteristics
  • Technical approaches/books used in class: Henry Altes Flute Method, Trever Wye method, Marcel Moyse studies, Taffanel-Gaubert Method etc…
  • Repertoire in beginner level: etudes, studies, simple classics, movie sound track, traditional folks (eg: castle in the sky, small world, beauty and the beast, spirited away, edelweiss, etc…)
  • Repertoire in intermediate level: etudes, studies, famous classical repertoire (eg: Intermezzo de Carmen, Telemann Sonata, Sicilienne, Vivaldi Sonata, etc…)
  • Repertoire in advance level: etudes, studies, single/full movement of significant classical repertoire (eg: Mozart Concerto, Bach Sonata, CPE Bach Sonata, Debussy Syrinx, Chopin Theme and Variation, etc…)
  • Repertoire in diploma level: etudes, studies, full movement of classical/contemporary repertoire (eg: Poulenc Sonata, Faure Fantasie, Charminade Concertino, Schubert Theme and Variation, Prokofiev Sonata, Reinecke Concerto, etc…)

Repertoires and method books is vary based on student’s level and learning preferences.

Please understand that learning music is step by step and your progress is based on your effort.

Student’s Achievement

Tan Wen Qi (14 years old), theory grade 3 passed with distinction [2021]
Tan Wen Suan (11 years old), theory grade 2 passed with distinction [2021]

Zhang XinJie (15 years old), 1st Prize with 93/100 High Score at World Art Games International Art Media Contest (Spain) 2021

Zhang XinJie (15 years old), theory grade 6 passed with distinction. XinJie is currently staying in Zambia, taking flute and theory lessons with Ms Chew Sze Gee online. [2021]

Wong Xi Yuan (20 years old), Champion – Taiwan International Music Competition 2020 (youth/flute category)

Chai Qing (21 years old, current ASWARA music major degree student), flute grade 8 passed with distinction [2020]

Kwek Wai Jem (34 years old, current ASWARA music major diploma student), flute grade 8 passed with merit [2020]

Hoh Man (14 years old) Flute Grade 8 passed with distinction [2019]

Zhang XinJie (12years old), flute grade 8 passed with merit [2019]

Emery Shen JiaMu (18 years old), flute grade 8 passed with merit [2019]

Alan Lu Ing Chieh (43 years old), flute grade 8 passed [2019]

Veronica Jin Soo Kyoung (30+ years old), flute grade 5 passed [2019]

Cheang Xue Jing (13 years old), flute grade 5 passed [2019]

Thomas Cheah Chin Siang (30+ years old), flute grade 3 passed [2019]

Wong Xi Yuan (20 years old) Silver prize, MIA Young Musician Competition 2019

Kwek Wai Jem: passed audition and accepted into KLPAC Symphonic Band in 2019

Saik Rou (11 years old) Flute Grade 3 passed with merit [2019]

Tan Wen Qi (12 years old) Flute Grade 2 passed with merit [2019]

Zhang HuiLin (10years old), flute grade 3 passed with distinction [2019]

Kwek Wai Jem (32 years old), flute grade 6 passed with merit [2018]

Student received HIGH SCORER AWARD from Trinity College London [2018]

2018 ABRSM Theory Exam : ALL DISTINCTION

2018 Trinity Flute Exam : ALL DISTINCTION

Chai Qing (18 years old) Silver Prize – Teacher & Student Category, First PCM Music and Dance Competition 2017

Hoh Man (12 years old) Silver Prize – Solo Category, First PCM Music and Dance Competition 2017

Zhang XinJie (11 years old) Silver Prize – Solo Category, First PCM Music and Dance Competition 2017

2017 Trinity Grade 2 : Distinction – Gabriel Kuo (51 years old)

2017 ABRSM Grade 2 : Merit – Cheang Xue Jing (11 years old)

2017 Trinity Grade 5 : Distinction – Chai Qing (18 years old)

2017 Trinity Grade 5 : Distinction – Hoh Man (12 years old)

2017 ABRSM Grade 2 : Distinction – Dennis Foong (26 years old)

2017 ABRSM Grade 3 : Merit – Zhang XinJie (11 years old)

2017 ABRSM Grade 6 : Passed – Alan Lu (30+ years old)

2017 ABRSM Grade 2 : Passed – Saik Rou (9 years old)

2016 Trinity Grade 5 : Distinction – Arshia (13 years old)

2015 ABRSM Grade 2 : Distinction – Hoh Man (11 years old)

Please noted that learning music is not about taking exams. Ms. Chew do encourage students to take exam to gain experiences and build self confidence, but will not recommend student to take exam if they are not up to standard. And for those who leaning just for fun, especially adult students, taking exam or not is totally based on their own choice.

For exam, not every grade is needed to take in order to proceed to next grade. Ms. Chew encourages her student to skip some grades depending on their learning progression. But, although skipping grades, the necessary techniques required to play flute will NOT BE SKIPPED.

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