Flute Day for Music School

Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans presents his Flute Day project at music institutions for smaller or larger groups of flute students of any level. Such a Flute Day can be organised to celebrate the end of the year, however also can take place during the season in addition to the normal lessons. Each Flute Day has its own personalised schedule and contents. Wil Offermans developed his personal approach concerning the Flute Day emphasising 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. Especially now that we have finally arrived in the post-covid period, it is fantastic to be able to share more musical experiences with others again. To download the Flute Day PDF-brochure, click here.

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Wil Offermans has presented his Flute Day at more than hundred music schools e.g. in Holland; Germany; Austria; Belgium; Spain; UK; France; Switzerland; Norway; Sweden; Croatia and Japan, as is visualised in the map below. In this map each pin represents a Flute Day event or workshop with Wil Offermans. For information on past events it is advisable to take a look at the extensive Photo Gallery as well as Video page.

Featured Video

Overview Video of the Flute Days with Wil Offermans for Rogaland Fløyteforum at the Eikenes Hall in Stavanger, Norway on 10-11 Febr. 2024. See more videos at the Video Page.

Locations

The map of Europe below gives you an impression of where Wil Offermans has already presented his Flute Day project as well as other teaching projects (up til 2022). See the Photo Gallery for detailed photos of the Flute Day events.

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Material

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, or Bamburia.
  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.

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.

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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.

nose flute

5. Presentation Concert

Flute Day Schedule

Below you can find five schedule proposal plans. Plan 1 is the standard schedule for a Flute Day. Other alternative plans below include two parallel workshops, an additional workshop for advanced flutists or a Flute Ensemble Day (click the buttons to see more detail). Obviously, any of these schedules can be adapted to any special request, extended to more days, specific time, etc. in cooperation with the organizing institution. You can print each plan by clicking the printer icon below it. When viewing on a mobile, it is advice to rotate your screen to horiontal as all the schedule may fit better on your small screen.

Plan 1: Flute Day, standard, 3 groups
10:00-10:15 Welcome participants: dividing into groups; short demonstration by Wil Offermans
1/ Workshops by Wil Offermans: ‘game-pieces’, Thumpy… 2/ Workshops by flute teacher A: part rehearsal Jungle Dance 3/ Workshops by flute teacher B: Dance with Me, others…
10:15-10:55 Group A Group B Group C
11:05-11:45 Group B Group C Group A
11:55-12:35 Group C Group A Group B
12:40-13:30 Lunchtime
13:30-14:15 'With the Flute around the World', a flute story
14:30-15:30 general rehearsal: Jungle Dance, Dance with Me, Luna y Sierra, Thumpy…
16:00-17:00 Final Presentation Concert
1. workshop presentation with Wil / Group A
2. workshop presentation with Wil / Group B
3. workshop presentation with Wil / Group C
4. solo by Wil Offermans (e.g. Kurokami Love / Made in Japan)
5. Dance with Me by various participants
6. Jungle Dance by all participants

Group A = beginners
Group B = medium
Group C = advanced

Flute Teacher A: one (or more) flute teacher(s) of the organizing institute, who will conduct the part rehearsal workshop.

Flute Teacher B: one (or more) flute teacher(s) of the organizing institute, who will conduct the workshop on Dance with Me or some other material (to be discussed with Wil Offermans).

* instead of Jungle Dance also Offermans' new composition Bamburia can be played.

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Plan 2: Flute Day, 3 groups, extra evening workshop
the day before
19:00-22:00
Workshop for advanced students (until about 20 students)
- extended flute techniques
- studying Dance with Me
Flute Day
10:00-10:15
Welcome participants: dividing into groups; short demonstration by Wil Offermans
1/ Workshops by Wil Offermans: ‘game-pieces’, Thumpy… 2/ Workshops by flute teacher A: part rehearsal Jungle Dance 3/ Workshops by flute teacjer B: Dance with Me, others…
10:15-10:55 Group A Group B Group C
11:05-11:45 Group B Group C Group A
11:55-12:35 Group C Group A Group B
12:40-13:30 Lunchtime
13:30-14:15 'With the Flute around the World', a flute story
14:30-15:30 general rehearsal: Jungle Dance, Dance with Me, Luna y Sierra, Thumpy…
16:00-17:00 Final Presentation Concert
1. workshop presentation with Wil / Group A
2. workshop presentation with Wil / Group B
3. workshop presentation with Wil / Group C
4. solo by Wil Offermans (e.g. Kurokami Love / Made in Japan)
5. Dance with Me by various participants
6. Jungle Dance by all participants

Group A = beginners
Group B = medium
Group C = advanced

Flute Teacher A: one (or more) flute teacher(s) of the organizing institute, who will conduct the part rehearsal workshop.

Flute Teacher B: one (or more) flute teacher(s) of the organizing institute, who will conduct the workshop on Dance with Me or some other material (to be discussed with Wil Offermans).

* instead of Jungle Dance also Offermans' new composition Bamburia can be played.

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Plan 3: Flute Day, 3 groups, 2 parallell workshops
10:00-10:15 Welcome participants: dividing into groups; short demonstration by Wil Offermans
1/ Workshops by Wil Offermans: ‘game-pieces’, Thumpy… 2/ Workshops by flute teacher A: part rehearsal Jungle Dance
10:15-10:55 Group A Group B+C
11:05-11:45 Group B Group A+C
11:55-12:35 Group C Group A+B
12:40-13:30 Lunchtime
13:30-14:15 'With the Flute around the World', a flute story
14:30-15:30 general rehearsal: Jungle Dance, Luna y Sierra, Thumpy…
16:00-17:00 Final Presentation Concert
1. workshop presentation with Wil / Group A
2. workshop presentation with Wil / Group B
3. workshop presentation with Wil / Group C
4. solo by Wil Offermans (e.g. Kurokami Love / Made in Japan)
5. Dance with Me by various participants
6. Jungle Dance by all participants

Group A = beginners
Group B = medium
Group C = advanced

Flute Teacher A: one (or more) flute teacher(s) of the organizing institute, who will conduct the part rehearsal workshop.

* instead of Jungle Dance also Offermans' new composition Bamburia can be played.

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Plan 4: Flute Day, with one group
10:00-10:15 Welcome participants: short demonstration by Wil Offermans
10:15-11:00 workshop: 'game-pieces', Thumpy…
11:10-12:30 ensemble pieces: Jungle Dance, Luna y Sierra, Dance with Me…
12:30-13:30 Lunchtime
13:30-14:15 'With the Flute around the World', a flute story
14:30-15:30 general rehearsal: Jungle Dance, Dance with Me, Luna y Sierra, Thumpy…
16:00-17:00 Presentation Concert
1. workshop presentation various pieces
2. solo by Wil Offermans (e.g. Kurokami Love / Made in Japan)
3. Dance with Me with various students
4. Jungle Dance* with all students

* instead of Jungle Dance also Offermans' new composition Bamburia can be played.

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Plan 5: Flute Ensemble Day
10:00-10:15 Welcome participants: short demonstration by Wil Offermans
10:15-12:30 ensemble rehearsal, including pices like:
- Jungle Dance
- Bamburia
- Dance with Me
- Kôjo-no-Tsuki (Made in Japan)
- Thumpy
12:30-13:30 Lunchtime
13:30-15:30 ensemble rehearsal:
- Jungle Dance
- Bamburia
- Dance with Me
- Kôjo-no-Tsuki (Made in Japan)
- Thumpy
16:00-17:00 Final Presentation Concert
1. Jungle Dance
2. Kôjo-no-Tsuki (Made in Japan)
3. Thumpy
4. solo by Wil Offermans (e.g. Kurokami Love / Made in Japan)
5. Bamburia
6. Dance with Me

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