Flute Lessons Bristol

We catch up from Clarissa Payne, a Flute teacher is Bristol, about learning to play the Flute…

Summer is always a busy time for my flute teaching practice and this summer seems even busier than usual. It’s report-writing time and also exam time – I have pupils taking Trinity College London and Associated Board grades. It can be nerve-wracking but the key is being well-prepared.

Not everyone is keen on exams, but I think it’s very important for learners to have performance opportunities whether or not that they take grades. Every year I organise two friendly informal concerts where my pupils of all ages can get together and play. The big day is this weekend – we’ll have flute players playing solo with piano accompaniment, and in flute ensembles. Family and friends will be able to hear what all the practice was for!

FluteSomeone asked me the other day if I prefer teaching children/young people or adults and I found it very difficult to answer. Children always have fresh, interesting – and often surprising – observations and ideas, and are able to soak up new information like sponges. The adults I teach show incredible motivation and commitment, fitting their flute practice around busy lives filled with work and family commitments.

There are loads of other performance opportunities in Bristol, we’re really spoilt for choice. My pupils play in groups from the wonderful Fantasy Orchestrato classical orchestras and chamber groups to pub folk sessions. I deliver in-school lessons for Bristol Plays Music who also run an amazing range of ensembles and concerts.

I also work with the talented young musicians of the Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, which has just celebrated its 6thyear. The summer concert is this weekend – they’re sure, as always, to perform brilliantly.

I’ve been busy performing myself; with guitarist Adam Khan, and also with the amazing Whispering Woods Outdoor Theatre Company. We’re on tour all summer – you can see us at home in Leigh Woods in September.

I’ll have some tuition slots free in the autumn, so please get in touch if you or your child are interested in learning the flute. Complete beginners, ‘returners’ and advanced players are all welcome.