My musical “career” started as soon as I was big enough to crawl onto the piano bench. Lucky me! As the youngest of four children, I was the only one interested in playing the piano so it was pretty much mine to play as much as I wanted, which was a LOT! My father was the only other family member who enjoyed playing piano. His natural ability to play the piano intrigued me. You see, from the time I was six until I was 21 years old, I took piano lessons. They have served me well as a foundation as a music teacher. My father, however, never took a lesson in his life. I marveled at how he could play so many songs, and so well without a single piece of sheet music on the stand.

When I discovered the Native American flute (NAF), I found an instrument that I could improvise on within just a couple months! The NAF is an easy-to-learn instrument that gives those who have not been musical before, an opportunity nearly right away to play. Most instruments have a daunting learning curve which prevents most people from going down that path. The flute, weighing in at just a few ounces, is lightweight and portable allowing us to play just about anywhere – a big advantage over the piano!

Truly, I am delighted to be a steward of this ancient and mystical instrument. To all those who have yearned to play an instrument but didn’t have the innate ability to “pick something up” like my father did, consider yourself gifted to have found the NAF. With your new musical “voice” in hand and a little dedication, most people can play the NAF with basic mastery and tremendous enjoyment in a short period of time.

Remember, Native Americans (or Natives from any culture) did not use written music. Their tradition was passed down orally. This simple and highly portable instrument is one of the greatest gifts of my life and I hope you will feel the same way. The Native American flute is a gift of harmony, peacefulness, and deep relaxation. Its gorgeous voice awaits your breath so it can sing, through you.