Monday, November 9, 2020

Solutions for Common Flute Problems
by Danika White

This article is re-printed from

FluteLooking for solutions for common flute problems? There are a couple of issues that often appear in flute sections which create technique and tuning issues that make band directors nuts! The good news is that you don't have to be a flute player to help them fix these issues! Below is a list of solutions for the most common problems that band directors run into in rehearsal each day.


Have students check their head joint corks periodically to ensure that they are placed correctly.

Monitor your flute section's embouchures continually.

Other things to check.

Uneven Technique

Hand position will affect technique, tone, and can create avoidable injuries.

You now have a quick guide to fixing the most common issues that flute players develop. Paying attention to these details will allow you, as the director, to enjoy your "in tone and in tune" flute section!

Danika White is currently the band director at Rayburn MS in Northside ISD in San Antonio. She spent the first seventeen years of her teaching career in Missouri where her bands received numerous I ratings at State Contest, her solo and ensemble students were very successful at both the district and state level, and she had All-State Band members on flute, clarinet, and French Horn. Her marching bands were honored to represent Missouri at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. twice in five years. Ms. White holds degrees from Central Methodist University and the University of Arkansas.

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