How do I Become a Flutist?

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  • Written By: Haven Esme
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  • Last Modified Date: 07 November 2018
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Being a flutist, or more commonly, flautist,requires creativity and a love for the flute. Flutists must be passionate about music and often have natural artistic ability. New flutists should consider private instruction.

A private flute teacher can address both physical and technical problems with flute playing. Some of the most common issues that private instructors deal with include incorrect finger placement and improper hand position. Individuals who become flutists often have problems with forming correct hand position and posture. Both of these factors are crucial to the success of the musicians.

It’s important that bad flute playing habits are corrected as soon as possible in someone who wants to become a flutist. If not corrected early, improper habits can become ingrained and very difficult to correct later on. This can result in future frustration and a hindrance in being able to master the instrument.

Pursuing a formal education in music can also help a person become a flutist. Many flutists have music degrees. These musicians may have attended professional musical academies and institutes where they were able to major in flute performance. With private instruction or with a university education, the flutist should become familiar with their instrument, learn how to read music, and learn to produce the desired sounds when playing the flute.


It is also helpful if a person becomes familiar with the musical terms involved in flute and instrument playing. For example, flutists should understand concepts and terms such as absolute pitch, abdominal vibrato, and acoustical length. Understanding these terms is vital because this professional and technical lingo is commonly used in the music industry.

Once a person becomes an experienced flutist, it isn’t uncommon for the individual to begin to teach others how to play the flute. Many flutists teach at a professional level. This often stems from a desire to help someone else become a flutist. Some flutists freelance, which means they play for a variety of musical organizations and are willing to cooperate with various venues and musical groups.

Flutists should consider joining professional organizations that will help them in their musical and professional development. Members of professional flute organizations usually include leading soloists, college and university professors, orchestra players, and adult amateurs. Some organizations encourage flutists of all ages to apply and join. Professional organizations can help a person develop musically and become a flutist.



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