Yamaha Flutes for Students & Beginners

Our Custom and Professional grade flutes have earned a reputation for exceptional quality, design, performance and consistency, thanks to the craftsmanship of our brass and woodwind workshops.

Our Student models inherit many of the same hallmarks - but, to aid new flautists, our Student flutes are designed and shaped to encourage best-technique, as well as offering superb playability. For instance, we've designed the lip plate to guide beginners toward proper breath utilisation and designed keys with extensively tested dimensions and angles for optimum balance and easy playability. These and other details are some of the reasons why our Student flutes have become bestsellers worldwide.

Which flute is right for you?

Keys: Ring Keys or Covered?

Covered keys and Ring keys

Covered (or 'Plateau') keys are easier to play than traditional ring keys, as the pad cup seals the underlying tonehole as soon as the key is closed - exact finger placement (which would be necessary with a ring key) isn't as crucial. This makes covered keys ideal for beginners (especially those with smaller fingers).

Ring keys (or 'French' keys) allow you to precisely and subtly control pitch and intonation as you play - many flautists prefer this level of control.

Key System: In-Line or Offset G?

In-Line and Offset G Key Systems

Traditionally, a flute's toneholes were in a straight row - and many advanced flautists prefer this arrangement.

However, more and more flautists and flute teachers are using (and recommend) flutes where the G key stands above the other keys - for many, this feels more natural (and can aid finger positioning).

Do you need a Split-E Mechanism?

Split-E Mechanism

Some flutes feature a 'Split-E Mechanism'. This can greatly aid the stability and intonation of a high E note - but can make the key very slightly heavier to play and - in some cases - it can make other notes more difficult to tune.

If in doubt (or unless your teacher has said otherwise), we'd suggest choosing a Split-E model.

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