Flute Day for Music School

Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans has presented his Flute Day project at music institutions for smaller or larger groups of flute students of any level. Such a Flute Day sometimes was organized to celebrate the end of the year, however also could take place during the season. Each Flute Day had its own 'personalized' schedule and contents. Wil Offermans developed his personal approach concerning the Flute Day based on enjoyment, creativity and group action. With the involvement of e.g. ensemble playing, graphic notation and improvisation, his Thumpy flute, contemporary techniques, he invites and attracts the "young" flutist for a more flexible attitude towards the flute playing and music in general. Go here to download a Flute Day PDF-brochure.


So far, Offermans has presented his Flute Day at more than hundred music schools e.g. in Holland; Germany; Austria; Belgium; Spain; UK; France; Norway; Switzerland and Japan, as is visualized in the map below. In this map each pin represents a Flute Day event or workshop with Wil Offermans. Zoom in and click a pin to access information like related photos and videos.

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Contents Flute Day

For the Younger Flutist
Reference material for the Flute Day is Offermans’ book For the Younger Flutist published by Musikverlag Zimmermann, Frankfurt, in a German-English edition and by Zen-on Tokyo in a Japanese translation. The book collects 10 improvisational pieces and games for flute groups as well as flute solo and is the main starting point for a Flute Day by Wil Offermans. Aiming towards flutists of any age and level, the Flute Day focuses on creativity, spontaneity and enjoyment in music and the schedule basically includes the following elements:
  1. Workshop game pieces: with smaller groups working on some game-pieces from the book For the Younger Flutist.
  2. Thumpy the thumb flute: a most simple and enjoyable flute developed by Wil Offermans.
  3. Ensemble piece: like Offermans' composition Jungle Dance (ZM31430) for bottles and flutes.
  4. The flute story "With the Flute around the World": inspired by his world traveling, Wil Offermans talks about and presents a collection of flutes from various parts of the world. Also the participators can enjoy playing these flutes.
  5. Presentation concert: with all participators for especially friends and others.

Detailed Contents

1. Workshop Game Pieces

In the workshops of a Flute Day Offermans works with his game pieces from the book For the Younger Flutist. Here below, you find a short description on the ten pieces of this book.

icon 1 1. The First Step basic musical parameters in a graphical notation
icon 2 2. Have Fun! personal interpretation of a graphical score
icon 3 3. The Joy Meter a graphic score of the player's happiness/sadness
icon 4 4. The Conductor a musical interaction-game on gestures of conductor
icon 5 5. Holes and Choices initiating improvisation in a traditional score
icon 6 6. Wind Trio introduces harmonics and wind tones in a trio
icon 7 7. One-Line Story improvisation along a series of 16 one-line images
icon 8 8. Labyrinth walking and playing over a carpet/score as musical playground
icon 9 9. Stop & Go a simple movement game in 4 directions
icon 10 10. In Gamelan Style interactive composition, repetitive pentatonic patterns

2. Thumpy the thumb flute

Thumpy the thumb flute is a relatively simple instrument with a surprisingly beautiful and natural sound. This new flute has been designed and developed by Wil Offermans. In his Flute Day - whenever possible - Offermans provides sufficient Thumpy flutes for all to play instantly with larger groups and to create some most enjoyable performance.


3. Ensemble Piece

An ensemble piece will be studied during the day, at first in small groups (during the morning workshops) and later in a general rehearsal. It will be performed as the finale of the presentation concert. It is recommended that the students have received, and if possible glimpsed over, the scores in advance.

The most frequently performed ensemble piece on the Flute Day is Jungle Dance. This enjoyable ensemble piece has 10 part scores of various levels and is very suitable for any large amount of flutists. The melody and chords are performed by flutes, including - if available - alto and bass flutes. The 'rhythm section' consists of various non-tuned bottles and a bird whistle. One or more advanced students can perform the flute solo. Jungle Dance has been published by Musikverlag Zimmermann, Frankfurt and can be heard on the CD The Magic Flute.

A new piece is Bamburia, which is structured around the fascinating spanish flamenco rhythm of the buleria. The piece has 7 part scores. Most remarkable is the middle part where the flutists put their flute aside and perform the buleria-rhythm by clapping the hands ('Palmas' in spanish) accompanying an exciting flute solo. Bamburia can be heard on the CD Luna y Sierra.
Dance with Me

Additionally, there is the possibility to play Dance with Me. This piece is a dance music for any size of flute ensemble, where the players not only play the flute, but also perform some synchronized dance movements along to the CD-accompaniment. This is a really exciting piece as can be seen on many YouTube videos. Since the music and the movements are performed by heart, it should be studied beforehand. Here the instruction video on YouTube (also included on the DVD with the score) will be of great help for the students.

4. The Flute Story "With the Flute around the World"

With the Flute around the World is a flute story and demonstration by Wil Offermans, in which various flutes from around the globe – mostly bamboo flutes including the suling, nay, klui, shakuhachi, di-zi, kena – are being introduced. With a large world map in the background and referring to his travels, he speaks about the different cultures he could visit. Also, the audience can try some of these exotic instruments for themselves. The story is usually appreciated by the students with great enthusiasm.

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5. Presentation Concert

A Flute Day usually ends with a presentation concert for friends, parents and others. Here the various groups present the game-piece, which they studied in the workshop. Also Wil Offermans performs a flute solo, possibly on his contrabass-flute. The presentation ends with the tutti piece e.g. Jungle Dance.

Jungle Dance

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