Flute for Beginners – the basics of beginner band
Learning to play an instrument for the first time can be both exciting and scary. Many questions flood the mind. Among them, will I be good, will it be hard, how do I choose the instrument, and where should I start. And once these questions are answered, then the questions of what brand of instrument should I use, and should I buy or rent the instrument.
Many beginners are in the age groups of 9, 10, and 11 and usually start with music by joining the school band. For parents, the questions to the prior questions are very important, as they play a part in what instrument will be played, purchased or leased, and the brand of instrument. The good news is that joining a band will keep lessons costs to a minimum, the beginner is learning with a group of other beginners, and the beginner will be comforted by peers in the same boat.
The band director’s impact
The band director has a wealth of knowledge of which to teach the beginner the basics of the instrument, different skills such as tone, embouchure, fingering models, and even more importantly, learning to read music. There are many talented musicians who cannot read music. But for a beginner to get a solid foundation of the skill, joining the local school band program is the best bet.
The band director has a lot of positive influence over the beginning band experience. Patience and ability to speak on the beginner’s level can make the experience for a beginner all the better. He or she is not only certified to teach in this area, but he or she also knows how to play one or many different instruments so they are well invested in the students’ success. Many band teachers will also make private lessons and additional after school practice options available to students.
Flute for Beginners – what to expect at the first day of band practice
The first day in band practice is an exciting time for beginners. The students get to learn how the band is formed, and where the different instrument sections are situated in the set up. The sections are then further distinguished by the chair ranking of the player. There typically is the first chair, the second chair, and the third chair of each section. Plainly stated, for example, the 1st chair flute sits in the first chair in the string of chairs for the flute section, the 2nd chair flute sits in the second chair in the string of chairs for the flute section, and so on and so on.
Chair rankings are a way to award the efforts of practiced talent for the beginning band musician. These chairs are assigned by the band director, either through demonstrated talent and skill to the band director through band practice sessions, or through auditions. Auditions consist of a piece of music, either chosen by the student or the director, depending upon the discretion of the band director. The beginner vying for one of these spots auditions this music before the judge, which is the band director, or a panel of judges, including the band director and other adults who either serve in the school system and/or have a formal musical background as well.
The chair is something to be aspired to, eventually, after beginning skills are learned and expectations met. When I was in beginner band, my mother had me on a practice schedule at home so that I would learn the basics of my instrument, which was the flute, and learn how to read music. Our school district was a small one and our band quite small as well. I was honored to be included in the high school band, as well, so that I could play with the high school band at all their functions at the beginning of my second year in band. It was quite an honor for me, as I was chosen and no real auditions were held.
Belongingness – flute for beginners
Band helps shape who we are as people. Music leads to a well-balanced life, and also enhances other areas of mastery and learning as well. It is a healthy outlet in which to share and hone our talents and skills, encouraging us to live out our own creativity in a safe space. I so enjoyed it because it gave me an outlet for creativity at a young age, which was also handled with encouragement and positive motivation in a safe environment. For more on this topic, please see upcoming articles. Please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The comradery of the members of the band is quite a special one of belonging, especially throughout youngsters’ music careers. I am a band nerd myself. The friends I made in band have endured a lifelong friendship with me, which is such a blessing. Just as adults working together develop relationships, so do musicians who belong to the local school band. Many hours riding the bus to away games, or back and forth to performances or band contest season, which occurs during the spring, the relationships become quite strong due to spending time with others sharing similar goals.