I am in a bit of a quandary right now.... I'm currently a music major at university, been playing flute for about 14 years and also play alto flute. One of my professors just emailed me that her 5-6 year old daughter wants to play the flute and she wants to hire me to teach her daughter if I am willing. I am very excited about somebody else wanting to learn to play the flute and I would love to teach, but I don't remember much about how I got started! So I am hoping you all can help me.
1) My professor needs to know what instrument to buy. There is only one music shop in the area of my university, so she will probably end up getting one online. I started with a Gemeinhardt, which I now know is not a very good instrument. So what do you recommend for a beginner?
2) I remember starting out using the Standard of Excellence books for learning to read notes and memorizing fingerings. Is this okay to use or are there better books out there?
3) How long do you recommend lessons should last for a beginner so young? I want them to not be too long so the little girl doesn't get bored, but I also want to make sure I have enough time to give her enough to work on that first week.
4) What do you recommend doing on the very FIRST lesson? I do remember that I started by blowing over the mouth of an empty soda bottle while frowning, then applying the same idea to the head joint by itself. Then, learning to put the flute together without squishing the keys and how to hold it with my hands in a C shape. Is that a good way to start?
Thanks so much in advance!