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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000412.txt from 1999/04

From: haydenmusic@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] 8-year old wants to play the flute
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 21:01:37 -0400

There may be a problem if the child can not extend his arms in the proper
position on the keys and be able to center his embouchure on the plate.
You may have to obtain a curved head joint model. I had several children
try to play the flute and they were not able to position the flute correctly
and their arms were extended so much that they got tired within a couple of
minutes.
Aaron Hayden

----- Original Message -----
From: <SkweekyDon@-----.com>
Subject: [kl] 8-year old wants to play the flute

> Hi! I'm a clarinetist--I used to be subscribed to this list as
> DHmorgan@-----.com but I set up an account just for clarinet stuff:
> SkweekyDon@-----.
>
> I went to the music store Easter Weekend and showed my eight-year old
nephew
> all the wood winds they'd let me play. After we got home he told his
father
> he wants to learn to play the 'flute or the piccolo'!
>
> Anyway, when I taught piano I said that a kid is ready to start when
he/she
> wants to start. What counts is the desire to play, not some abstract
average
> date for the introduction of musical education. But even a three-year old
> can extend a finger and hit a piano key--and gain tremendous satisfaction
> from it. Seeing him try to make a sound on a flute--and not succeed--made
me
> wonder--is it ever too early to start a woodwind? He's in second grade--I
> started piano at that age, but I didn't start playing sax until Fifth.
>
> What's the conventional wisdom?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Don
>
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