Your First Flute Lesson at The Music Place

In your first flute lesson, your teacher will show you how to put the flute together and will show you how to hold it in the right position, so that you’re able to replicate this when you’re practising at home. Your teacher will show you how to make a sound, using the just the headjoint at first and then moving on to using the whole flute.

Be patient! Although it might feel hard to make a sound at first, within a week or two you will start to feel comfortable playing simple tunes using different notes.

For a younger flute player, it might be worth using a flute with a curved headjoint.  This will make it easier for smaller hands and arms to reach all the keys.  (Dawson’s music shop can give you some advice about the best flute for you or your child.)

Flute Lessons For Experienced Players

For a more advanced flute player, our Music Place teachers can work with you on more advanced techniques, including vibrato, projection of sound, use of dynamics and playing in the higher register, as well as increasing your finger dexterity.

You will be able to work with your teacher towards ABRSM exams, up to grade 8 and you will be able to take your exam here at the Music Place. Make sure you let your teacher know what you enjoy about playing the flute and also what you find tricky.

More opportunities for our flute students

  • Perform at Instrumentalist Day or the Music Place Talent Show
  • Join the horn section of a rock or pop band that rehearses weekly and performs throughout the year
  • Adult Woodwind Group on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm
  • Jazz Summer School in August and Jazz Weekend in March

Flute Lessons Manchester

From learning how to put the flute together to advanced techniques such as vibrato, projection of sound & use of dynamics – enrol at The Music Place to take your playing forward!


Top Flute Tips for Beginners

  • We can recommend Dawson’s music shop in Altrincham for help and advice about buying or renting a flute.
  • Practise in front of a mirror to check that you are holding your flute level and that hole on the mouthpiece is right in the centre of your bottom lip.
  • If you feel faint while you’re playing, stop, have a break and make sure you tell your teacher so they can find a way to help you with this.
  • Make sure that your right elbow is dropped down and relaxed, even when you’re holding your flute up to your mouth to play.
  • Remember to practise ‘a little but often’ – this will make all the difference to your playing.

Meet The Music Place Flute Teachers…

Jenny Palfreyman
Jenny Palfreyman
Jenny studied at the RNCM, Manchester and has performed extensively throughout the UK since graduating. In October 2010 she was the winner of the inaugural Clarinet and Saxophone Soloist Competition and subsequently performed with the Trinity College Symphony Orchestra at the British Saxophone Congress 2011.

Jenny is also a founding member of awarding winning ensemble, the Absolution Saxophone Quartet, regularly performing throughout the country. The quartet has recently been awarded a full scholarship to study on the Postgraduate International Artists’ Diploma course at the RNCM.

Jenny is also a member of the Pasaos Duo, providing workshops at special needs schools, clinics and elderly care homes throughout the UK as part of the outreach work of “Live Music Now!”.

Jo McCallum
Jo McCallum
Jo studied at the RNCM and now works as a freelance performer, arranger and teacher. She has been a member of the Music Place team for the last four years and helped to set up Music Place Supports, a charitable outreach programme taking music out into the community.

Jo recently managed an Arts Council funded tour of the North West for her own big band project, featuring and promoting Manchester musicians, composers and arrangers.

Lucy and Jo also run Manchester Music Works, an organisation that takes the philosophy of the Music Place out into schools, making fun packed and informative music education available for all children.

Outside of music, Jo does voluntary work for the NSPCC and ChildLine.

Sam Andreae
Sam Andreae
Educated in Classical Saxophone at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (Bmus Hons) and then in Jazz on the Nordic Jazz Masters program (where he studied in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway), Sam has a broad range of musical interests and is greatly influenced by the Scandinavian model of music education where musicianship and listening skills are at the core of a pupil centred learning experience.

After moving back to England (and Macclesfield) in 2012 Sam has established himself as a respected creative musician on the Manchester and UK improvised and experimental music scene. Sam has taught saxophone and general improvisation skills at the RNCM, Leeds College of Music, Yorkshire Young Musicians, run workshops in Cheshire and Manchester and held positions with various music services.

He believes strongly in the worth of music as a positive learning force and an enriching experience for everybody of any standard.


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