Flute Lessons at Wilton Music Studios

Why Should I Take Flute Lessons at WMS?

Students of all ages and levels will receive engaging, varied, and well-rounded lessons. School-aged students have successfully auditioned for Western Regional, All State, All National, youth orchestras, and colleges. Our teacher can coach professionals looking for feedback and adult students playing for fun have been able to join amateur chamber ensembles, orchestras, or bands.  Because our teacher can draw out the very best in each student, the student can’t help but excel, whether they are very ambitious or doing it for their own satisfaction.

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Flute Fun fact

George Washington played the flute throughout his life and there is artwork actually depicting him playing. Leonardo Da Vinci, too, played the flute and also designed two flutes that were never built. The idea behind them was more vocal in nature, in that one could slide up or down to a note, like a singer. More contemporary figures that played flute are Halle Berry and Tina Fey!

What Styles of Music Do You Teach in Your Flute Lessons?

Your teacher at Wilton Music Studios will craft flute lessons to fit the desires of the student.  All students are schooled in the fundamentals of sound, technique and ergonomics, so they are prepared to explore every genre of music that may interest them with confidence. Mozart concertos, orchestral excepts, Disney songs and beat boxing have been heard coming from the flute studios.

Historical Tidbits

To date, the oldest instrument ever found – the first musical instrument of humanity, was part of a flute discovered in Slovenia, about 60,000 years ago, and made of bare bone. It is an instrument believed to have been crafted by the Neanderthals! It is fascinating to discover that Neanderthals were capable of artistic expression. The next oldest instruments found were flutes dating back 42,000-43,000 years and made of bird bone and mammoth bone. Experts believe that playing music helped form musical bonds. Here at WMS, we know that to be true!

Since then, countless cultures and civilizations throughout time, have played their version of a flute. The teacher at WMS had to learn a little about Chinese flutes, (Dizi) Grecian flutes (Panpipes) Indian flutes (Bansuri), and Penny whistles (Irish) to play in Broadway shows.

It was not until the Renaissance period in the 16th century that the flute that is more familiar to us now first emerged. And since then, the flute has evolved from a hollow wooden tube with holes for the fingers to cover, to metal flutes with keys that cover the holes and can be made of silver, gold, and even platinum.

Who Are Our Teachers?

Everyone on our faculty is a professional performing musician and very at home teaching all ages and levels. Our teachers have graduated from some of the world’s greatest conservatories including the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Aaron Copland School of Music, the Bard College Conservatory of music and serve on the faculties of many schools and universities, including the Mannes College of Music, Western Connecticut University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport.

Lisa Arkis

Flutist Lisa Arkis enjoys a varied career encompassing orchestral playing, chamber music, solo performances, and teaching. Orchestras she has performed with include the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Princeton Camerata, Greenwich Symphony, Fairfield Symphony, New Haven Symphony,  Berkshire Bach Society at Tanglewood and Hudson Valley Philharmonic.