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Flute Repair Basics Class


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In this short 2 week Flute Basics Course, you will learn how to disassemble and assemble the foot joint and body of the flute, replace a flute head cork, and proper care and maintenance including cleaning and lubrication techniques. Other techniques to be demonstrated include changing and adjusting a flute pad, and flute key corks and bumpers.

Hopefully you will even discover how much you like doing repair!

Based on four years on Zoom classroom teaching, feedback and surveys, we have refined our approach to learning instrument repair – We now utilize a work and your own pace style of learning. Leveraging the power of Canvas LMS to provide learning at a pace everyone can achieve, allowing our students to watch the video and written content and attend  Private Lessons, Live Classes ( for level 1 and 2) and Work-Alongs as scheduled on the Canvas calendar throughout the course intake.

Basics class includes: 1 Private Lesson, 1 Work-Along.

  • Your private lesson will be held on Zoom. The goal of the private lesson is to help inspire you to want to learn more after watching the videos in the modules section.
  • Work-Along time – Allows you to drop in and work at the same time as our master technicians and chat
  • Enrolling in the course is EASY as our enrollments are open for sign up anytime.
  • For the course you will need supplies you will purchase locally as well as the supplies we will provide.

Items included in our Flute Repair Starter Kit:

Flat-nose pliers
Flat head screwdriver, 2mm tip width
Spring Hook
Leak light, 10″
Feeler gauge material, silver (.0005” thick) and amber (.001” thick)
Flute head cork
Sheet cork assortment
Key oil (light viscosity)
Pad cement

From your local hardware store you will need to purchase:

Bench cover (silicone/Neotech mat, towel, cloth)
Web camera/cellphone (1080p, with focus) and downward-facing camera mount
Razor Blades – single edge blades
Q-Tips (cotton swabs) – 1 large package
DAP Weldwood Contact Cement – 1 container, with built-in brush inside cap
If contact cement container doesn’t include brush built into cap: flat bristled brush (small soft paintbrush or toothbrush, bristles don’t matter)
Emery cloth – 240 grit (for sanding key corks)
Drumstick or wooden dowel rod (for removing old head cork for replacement)
Cotton pipe cleaners
Cork grease
Credit card / Room key / Popsicle sticks (destroy-able)

More information about other supplies for techniques demonstrated will be provided in class.

Last but not least, you will need to come with your own instrument to work on! 


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