Starting private flute study is an important step in your musical career! Each teacher has a different approach, and choosing the right teacher for your learning style can be challenging due to the high number of qualified flute teachers in practice. Here's a general overview of how I conduct my lessons:
Regardless of a new student's ability level or experience, I spend part of the first lesson explaining studio policies like attendance and payment. If the student is a child, I like a parent or guardian (whoever will be responsible for paying for lessons and transporting the child there) to be present for this part. We also talk about how long the student has been playing and what kind of material they have worked on in the past. I like to take a look at the student's flute to make sure it's in good shape and appropriate for their skill level; for example, a college-aspiring high school student should not still be playing on a beginner model, while a complete novice does not need a professional-level flute. We also address what goals the student has for their playing and any physical challenges they might be dealing with, like carpal tunnel syndrome or scoliosis.
We will also decide on a lesson schedule during this first meeting. As a general rule, I like to start beginners with 30-minute lessons, intermediate students with 45-minute lessons, and advanced students with hour-long time slots. Anyone enrolling in College Audition Boot Camp automatically gets a one-hour lesson time.
After we've discussed all this, I like to hear the student play something so I can assess their skill level. I usually ask the student ahead of time to bring some music for me to hear, but there will also be a small amount of sight-reading. If the student is a novice, we skip these steps and instead talk about how to assemble, clean, and take apart the flute, as well as what good playing position looks like and what the different parts of the instrument are called.
At the end of our first meeting, I'll give the student an assignment to work on for the week to come; for a beginner, that might be buying a method book and working on a page or two, while more experienced students might get assigned scales, etudes, and pieces. We'll also talk about how much practice time is expected given their skill level.
I try to make private lessons a productive, enriching, and comfortable experience for my students. If you're interested in signing up or learning more, contact me via my sign up page!