More than any
other factor, air direction affects intonation. A raised
air stream will raise pitch, and a lowered air stream will lower
pitch. Jaw movement (embouchure manipulation) should be used
to control pitch, but it can be done by raising or lowering the
Never teach "roll
in/roll out." The
contact point of the flute to the lip should not be disturbed, nor
should the hands be encumbered with unnecessary movement. The
crown assembly in the head joint of the flute must be set at the proper
place for good intonation. Cleaning/tuning rods have a mark
on them which should appear in the center of the blow hole when the
rod is inserted into the head joint. Students should be warned
against moving the crown of the flute.
The Texas School Music Project is a source for ideas
and information concerning pedagogical practices in the music classroom
or rehearsal hall.
The TSMP is a service provided to all music specialists by the faculty
of the School of Music at Stephen
F. Austin State University.