Thank you to everyone so far for your replies.
I have spoken to her flute teacher as well for advice. It is very important my daughter tries all that she can so she can choose the sound she likes and wants.
I really appreciate all the feedback
QUOTE(bassoonista @ May 21 2012, 04:36 PM)
My daughter has just finished her first year as a music student at Uni. She has the Muramatzu GX with open hole. She wants to be a music therapist, not a performer, so this was sufficient. However, when she chose it, she was a student on the gifted and talented course at Leeds College of Music, and they told her it was fine for a degree, but was not of performance standard.
I would say you need to up the expected cost to get a performance standard flute, but you may not have to pay the whole cost yourself. Firstly, if she attends state school (not Private school;) then the school can purchase the flute for you, and you reimburse them. This knocks off the VAT element of the cost. Then, apply for a bursary from EMI Sound Foundation. At the time we applied, the maximum they would give was 2,000.00, but that may have increased now. It's not means tested.
A good shop will let you take home several flutes, although not all at once, to try for a week, so she'll be able to play it for tutors and get an opinion from them. Also, try paying for a sample lesson from a university tutor, and ask for their opinion on the instrument before you commit.
I found your reply very interesting. Which Uni is your daughter at?
We are planning on using the Arts Council "Take it away scheme" which lets you buy instruments up to ?5000 over 18 months so presume we couldn't probably apply for the EMI Sound foundation too but I will certainly look into it.
The assisted instrument purchase scheme I have looked into and even though she attends a state school she has private music lessons so she is not eligible to apply, although her teacher is from the local Music Service where my daughter plays in various bands and orchestras.
How has your daughter found the muramatsu gx? It looks very good.
I think at this stage we will be looking at the instrument seeing her through sixth form and college and then have to rethink at that stage depending on where she sees her musical career going. What I don't want to do is have to buy a new one for college in 2 years time at the end of sixth form. From what you have said it looks like we're looking at the right ones to get her through this next stage. I have been in touch with a couple of flute shops in London and we intend to go and spend a day there so she can really try out what is on offer.
At the moment she is talking about wanting to be a performer but also to teach say with a Music Service not as a music teacher in school. she also plays piccolo, alto sax and piano so we will be looking at a new sax too in a couple of years I expect!!
Thanks for your input. If your daughter has any advice or info she can pass on that would be great too.