After years of inconsistent success with teaching beginning flute, I’m venturing into uncharted territory. Feel free to call the Pedagogy Police after you read this.
Instead of using the first 5 notes of the concert Bb scale, I’m going to teach flutes using the first 5 notes of the concert F scale. This will eliminate that awkward transition from C to D, but still teach Bb rather than B natural.
After students have become proficient at these notes, adding D, Eb and the higher F shouldn’t be too challenging… right? At least that’s what I’m hoping!
If any of you beginning flute teachers have suggestions on how to overcome common obstacles, please share them here. Or if you want to join me in my little experiment, let me know how it works for you.