Woodwinds are one of the most common instruments used today. Woodwinds get their name from the wooden reed used to produce the sound, or from the wood originally used to make the instrument. Therefore, the flute is considered a woodwind instrument even though it does not contain any wood in the body of the instrument. The change in pitch is determined by the amount of airflow through the instrument. A person can produce different pitches and notes by covering the holes of the instrument. Woodwind instruments such as saxophones, clarinets, oboes, and bassoons can very similar. Therefore, students who learn one of these fine instruments have the ability of learning another! There is no reason to ever get bored with playing one instrument! If you feel you’ve reached your full potential on saxophone, try learning to play the clarinet! If you get bored with always playing the same notes and producing the same sound on a flute, try playing the piccolo! It has much higher range and can challenge you in ways you can’t challenge yourself on flute.
As with playing any instrument, the study of music challenges kids to become better musicians and thinkers. Therefore, playing a woodwind instrument challenges the mind so it can help your child get better grades in school in ways that a tutor couldn’t help. Why is that? Because learning to play music involves different logical reasoning that will produce long-term learning habits; and if you encourage your kids to practice while they’re young, they’ll discipline themselves to homework, as they discipline themselves to practicing.