Start with a Nuvo ‘TooT’ based on a Fife it has an alternative mouth piece whilst little ones wait for their top two adult teeth to descend. Next is the jFlute with its extended keys, alternative mouthpiece and the key cap colours can be changed too. A small upgrade kit will turn the jFlute into a full size standard flute which should take the learner up to about grade 2, by which time hopefully the young player will be ready for a standard orchestral flute.
Start with the recorder, then try the Nuvo ‘DooD’ which is recorder sized but with a reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. From here you progress to the ‘Clarineo’, this has almost the full range but is not nearly as heavy for smaller hands until they are ready for their first Bb Clarinet.
Nuvo have produced the jSax. It is much smaller than a traditional alto saxophone. Children a young as 7-9 years old can often find the alto saxophone far too heavy to hold and their hand span too small to be able to use the back thumb key. The jSax allows them to start playing, reading music and develop correct embouchure on this light weight mini saxophone. It’s lots of fun instead of lots of frustration.
Lessons are taught on a Yamaha upright piano. Whilst beginning an electronic keyboard is an acceptable alternative to have at home. It won’t take up as much room or cost as much. Once you know the piano is for you then perhaps an investment in a piano would be the plan.
To sit any instrument exam with ABRSM above grade 5 the candidate requires Grade 5 in music theory first. Theory is always brought into lessons, however dedicated theory lessons practice the skills of writing music and you learn the reasons behind how music is written, scales formed and so on. It helps the musician develop a better understanding and appreciation of the music they play.
Private tuition is usually in the form of 30-60 minute individual lessons to suit the needs of the learner. In some circumstances shared lessons can be arranged.