At the First Lesson
Flute students who play in their school band or who have taken lessons previously should bring all of their music and books, their flute, a pencil, and a notebook. Students who have never played the flute before should bring their flute, a pencil, a notebook, and a method book, which should be purchased from the teacher or a music store before the first lesson. Beginning flute students should communicate with the teacher about which reeds and method books to buy.
If a beginning flute student is playing in a school band, we will not use their school band method, as they are usually already working from this method with their band director. Beginning flutists will usually use the Rubank Method, along with Classical Solos for Flute volume 1 and/or 2. Intermediate flute students will be required to purchase a method book as recommended by the teacher. Intermediate students will also be working on standard solo repertoire, and while these pieces may be borrowed from the teacher, serious students will be encouraged to purchase their own copy.
At Every Lesson
Flute students need to have their instrument, a pencil, all music, and a completed copy of the previous week's Assignment Sheet at each lesson. It may also be helpful to have a notebook to write down lesson notes. If the student has been assigned a worksheet, they should bring the worksheet to their lesson, whether it has been completed or not. If possible the instrument should be put together and ready to play before the lesson begins.
Other Expenses and Purchases
All flute students will be required to purchase an electronic tuner and a metronome. Tuners and metronome apps are also becoming available for most mobile devices, but apps should only be used if the student has access to their own device. Small accessories like swabs and polishing cloths will need to be purchased from time to time. All woodwind instruments have keys, pads, springs, and adjustment screws that may go out of adjustment or need to be repaired or be replaced. Your flute should be brought into a repair shop once a year to be checked over, and when recommended by the teacher. Intermediate flute students who own a basic student model flute will need to purchase an intermediate or professional model flute as they progress.