So glad I found this place. Ditto! I would like to give some background info on me before asking what I'm wondering about.
I am 31. Currently stay-at-home-mom of four children, ages 8 mo, 2, 5, and 7. So that's how busy I am right now. The extent of my flute playing at the moment is playing for my kids at home some silly songs and sometimes church hymn songs on Sundays and special music events.
In my growing up years, I started playing flute when I was 8, and continued on through high school and college. The high school I came from was well known for its strong musical history and winning band competitions. In band, we marched, competed in concerts, and individuals tried out for State. I was one of them who tried out and was recalled a few times, but never made it to the state level. I was usually first chair in my flute group after regular assessments. I also took private flute lessons for 3 years in high school from a GREAT teacher. I graduated college in 2003 so its been a good 10 years since I was really wrapped up in the world of flute playing, but now when I pick up my flute and play, the excitement comes rushing back. I genuinely ENJOY playing and I am a fairly good player. Not pro by ANY means. But I know my notes (alsp played piano for 15 years growing up) and am pretty good at regular music stuff. Other than a lazy right pinky, I don't have any major playing kinks.
I have recently been asked by some friends to help teach their 6th grader flute. She has been playing for 6 months and they're interested in me helping her, they said they'd pay me regular private lesson wages. Of course I said yes, and really want to...but now that I've been really thinking about it, the idea of TEACHING someone everything about flute is overwhelming to me. Starting to research HOW TO TEACH encompasses so much more than I thought, and I realize that I DO NOT know everything I need to learn. Techniques to teach good embouchure, vibrato, fingerings, scales, etc. I guess what I'm saying is I know how to play, but not so much HOW TO TEACH flute. I could easily sit down with this girl, see where she's at, and help her how I know how, but I don't really want to just "wing it"...I want her to do better and learn more so she plays better and gains confidence in her playing ability.
In the month of March, I've been asked to do a special flute piece for church. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just something special which is out of the ordinary praise worship band stuff. Flute can bring a very serene and reflective sound to church worship. I want to play a couple songs myself along with this who I want to teach. She can play simple things and she has an interest in playing with me.
So. What I'm asking is....
1. Do you know of any easy to play church hymn type stuff (maybe celtic style?) we could play together for this church thing? Needs to take up 5-10 minutes. We can include piano.
This is a little older but what about something from Robin Mark's "Revival in Belfast" album eg 1) "WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE" OR "BE UNTO YOUR NAME" (violin interchangeable with the flute - do a Bouriakov , 2) "HOW GREAT ARE YOU LORD" OR 2) "WITH ALL FAITH" OR 3) "REVIVAL" (flute parts beautiful, improvise! ) or how about replacing the bagpipes in Garments of Praise with the flute Pick one,... that's my order of pref - don't know many celtic songs, the ones I know are not P&W I am sure it will be beautiful. My pick? No 1 TIED. Best Regards
2. How do I learn HOW TO TEACH flute???
thanks for reading and helping if you can!!
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