This fall, in addition to singing, Ms. Christian Quick-Cleveland is teaching “My First Instrument.” What is is this instrument?
It is the diatonic or “C” flute, made by Choroi. Unlike a similar instrument, the recorder, these flutes possess a mild, easy to articulate tone, that needs a minimum of pressure and allows fluent play.
These flutes are characterized by a warm, light, flexible tone. Compared with traditional instruments, the Choroi flutes possess a tone that sounds more like a voice than an instrument — hence the term, “my first instrument,” as we typically think of the voice as a first instrument.
The flutes are played with free outbreathing rather than active blowing; the breath forms the foundation for the tone. The mouth and lip positions also contribute to the tone formation. The fingers gently touch the specially formed finger holes, which allow half-steps to be achieved naturally by half-covering the holes.
Ms. Christiana is generously sharing her flutes with the students, so you do not need to purchase your own.
“My First Instrument” for Grades 4-8 is offered this fall on Mondays at the Grange at 10:00 a.m. starting September 12th. If you have any questions about this class or any of our other programs, contact us.