• Background information on the flute:

    The flute is the highest pitched instrument in the woodwind family.

    Beginning model flutes will have closed holes (known as Plateau keys) with nickel head joint, body and keys. 

    Intermediate model flutes will have open holes (known as French keys), silver plated head joint, silver plated body and keys.

    Open hole keys provide students the ability to develop and progress into a higher level of playing, encourages proper hand position and provides more clarity in tone.

    The offset G key follows the natural contour of student's hands and makes playing more comfortable. (The inline G key is the other choice, better for a larger hand.)


    Here are the flutes that the Gates Chili music department recommends:

    open hole flutes with the offset G key:

    • Armstrong 103OS
    • Yamaha YFL261
    • Di Zhao DZ 300 BOF

    closed hole flute with the offset G key:

    • Armstrong 104CH
    Open hole flutes from a vendor should come with plastic plugs for the holes that are necessary for beginners.  If you obtain an used open hole flute from another source you will need to buy plugs that fit that model flute.
     The school is providing the lesson book.

    Flute shopping list

    • Folding music stand
    • Handkerchief  ~ Tie around case handle, for cleaning off fingerprints.
    • Old rag ~ Use with rod to clean inside the instrument.

    Atlas music 671-2020 ~ Cadance Music 247-8690