Wild confessions of a professional flutist.

Student Breakthrough

“It seemed so hard at first, but now it’s EASY!  And, it’s REALLY FUN!!”  – flute student, Joselyn Allin

YES!

This embouchure octave slur breakthrough happened during a  young student’s recent lesson.  She started as a beginner in the middle of this past summer because she wanted to join band with her friends.  These friends have already been in band for two years. . .

Practicing has been difficult and boring for her thus far.  And, when band class started, she discovered that the other kids know much more than she does.  She brought her band music to her lesson that week and told me she was scared.

That’s when I told her that if she practices my way, not only will she catch up to the other kids, but she will end up being one of the best ones.  She seemed skeptical, but I told her to trust me, and she did.

A few weeks later, she proudly announced that the other kids don’t know how to play a B natural.  Last week she was excited to learn notes lower than the ones the other kids know, and informed me that the other kids “don’t even do long tones.”  And, this week she learned to control high notes with her embouchure, and discovered that it sounds “way prettier” to do it that way.

She laments the fact that she can’t play the band music.  “YET!”  I interrupted.  “Never say that you can’t do something.  Say that you can’t do it yet.”

“I can’t play the band music YET.”  She announced.  Then she flashed me a gigantic smile.

She gets it!

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Comments on: "Student Breakthrough" (9)

  1. This is fantastic! It’s that kind of quote that makes me love teaching 🙂

  2. I’ve told Marcus, my student teacher this year, that I want to take my grade 6 piano this year to give me focus, I work better with a target to achieve. I’d like to be grade 8 competency by the end of my undergraduate year. Phew I’ve said it out loud so it’s got to happen now lol 😉

  3. Oh I meant to say
    “Technique, technique, technique and then you can fly” Dame Gwyneth Jones said last week, it seems the same with flute 😉 loved your post.

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