Best Flute Headjoints for Small Beginners

By Woodwind | Flute Advice

Jan 30

The flute is a beautiful instrument to learn to play, but for small beginners it can be difficult to hold. If the musician is a child or has small stature, they may have a hard time reaching the keys. This can lead to bad form and a frustrating learning experience.

I. Straight Headjoints

The part of the flute that has the mouthpiece is called the headjoint. Typically, C flutes have straight headjoints, which create a longer space between the mouthpiece and the keys, making it more difficult for smaller hands to reach. Thankfully there are a couple other headjoint options to make learning to play easier.

II. Curved Headjoints

There is another type of headjoint called the curved headjoint. These headjoints wrap around, making the mouthpiece closer to the keys, and making the flute easier to play. For some flute models you may purchase a curved headjoint, either together or separately, to accommodate smaller players.

Note that alto and bass flutes also come with curved headjoints. Be careful to select the correct type of flute.

III. O-Style Headjoints

Another type of headjoint that makes it easier for small flutists to reach is an O-style headjoint (or could also be called V-style or “wave line”). This head joint has a loop, moving the lip plate closer to the keys without having to wrap around like the curved headjoint. This type of headjoint is preferred over the curved headjoint by some because it puts the lip plate in line with the keys, making it easier to switch to a straight headjoint and keep about the same posture.

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Product

Price

Rating

  Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Flute with Curved and Straight Headjoint $$$ 4.5 /5
  Yamaha Curved Headjoint for Student Model Flute $$$  4.8/5
   Jupiter 313S Prodigy Flute $$  4.5/5
   Nuvo N200JFWT jFlute Kit with Curved Head $ 4/5
   Trevor James 10X-2 Flute with Curved & Straight Headjoints $$$  4/5
   Sedona Suzuki-style Beginner Flute with Curved Headjoint $   4/5
   Sky C Flute with Lightweight Case $   4/5
   Azumi Wave Line Flute O-Style Headjoint $$$   4/5
   Jupiter Plateau Flute 510ES $$$  4.5/5
   Jupiter Prodigy Flute 509S $$   4/5

Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Flute with Curved and Straight Headjoint

Overview

Looking for a flute that allows a small beginner to start with a curved mouth piece and eventually switch to a straight headjoint? The Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Flute with Curved and Straight Headjoint is a great option, eliminating the need to eventually buy a new headjoint or a whole new flute.

Features

  • Closed hole keys
  • Triple coated silver plated finish
  • Stainless steel springs
  • Offset G key
  • C foot
  • Professionally padded
  • 2 headjoints: straight & curved
  • Case included

Advantages

This flute comes with multiple advantages. The first being the brand, Gemeinhardt, which is well-known and a quality brand of flute. The Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Flute has long-lasting quality. You will have no problem with resell, if you choose to do so.

Along with quality, this flute also has a beautiful finish. The head, body, and foot are all triple coated and silver plated finish. This flute also has stainless steel springs and is professionally padded. A sleek and sturdy instrument, able to stand up to a few bumps and drops.

For small musicians, this is a great option for starting with a curved headjoint and growing into using the straight headjoint. You will not need to buy a new part or a new instrument because both headjoints are included. It is designed with the beginner in mind, not only with a curved headjoint, but also with an offset G key and closed holes.

Things to be Aware of

While this flute is great quality and comes with everything you need to get started, it may be out of the price range for some. You pay for quality, but sometimes you can still get decent quality for a lower price than this model.

Bottom Line

You can’t go wrong with this Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Flute. Created with small beginners in mind, it has everything you need to get started in playing flute.

The only difference between the Gemeinhardt 2SP and 2SPCH is that the first comes with a straight headjoint and the latter comes with both a straight and a curved headjoint. Otherwise, they are the same flute.

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Yamaha Curved Headjoint for Student Model Flute

Overview

Already have or want a Yamaha flute for a small beginner? This Yamaha Curved Headjoint for Student Model Flute was created to work with Yamaha 200 series flutes. It is important to note that the curved headjoint is sold separately.

Features

  • Curved flute headjoint
  • Made from durable nickel silver
  • Model #YAC YHJ-200U
  • Made for Yamaha 200 series flutes
  • Beautiful silver-plated

Advantages

Purchasing this Yamaha Curved Headjoint would be beneficial for any small beginner flutist, especially small children. Starting with a curved headjoint will make reaching the keys easier and allow the beginner to concentrate their efforts to learning how to create sound and memorizing fingerings and notes. As they get older, they may switch to a straight headjoint.

Yamaha is a well-known brand. They make beautiful instruments that are durable and sound excellent. You cannot go wrong with this brand.

Things to be Aware of

The first thing I want to reiterate is that this is not a flute, only the headjoint. You would need to purchase a Yamaha 200 series flute in order to use this curved headjoint. The Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute is a great choice. It is unknown whether this headjoint would work with any other flute; it would be best to stick with the flutes it was created for. Some negative reviews the Yamaha Curved Headjoint has received may be due to trying to pair it with a different brand of flute.

The second thing to be aware of is that it does not come with a case. The Yamaha Case Cover with Curved Headjoint Pocket for Student Model Flute was created to hold your flute and this curved headjoint, but it has to be purchased on top of the headjoint and the flute.

The third thing to be aware of is the price. Although Yamaha has excellent standards for instruments, including high quality, durability, and beauty, they are higher end price-wise as well. While for some Yamaha is worth the price, others may not have the budget for this option.

Bottom Line

The Yamaha Curved Headjoint would match well with a Yamaha 200 series flute and would help any small beginner flutist learn to play and reach the keys. For some, it is a steep price to pay for an add-on, not to mention you may be buying 3 different things: the curved headjoint, the flute, and the case.

If you are interested in getting this Yamaha Curved Headjoint, make sure you have the correct flute. If you need to purchase the flute as well, the Yamaha YFL-221 Student Flute is recommended.

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Jupiter 313S Prodigy Flute

Overview

Have a young child interested in learning to play the flute? The Jupiter 313S Prodigy Flute has everything they need to begin the exciting venture.

Features

  • Has only a curved headjoint
  • Smaller key spacing
  • One piece flute – no foot
  • Closed hole keys
  • Silver-plated headjoint, body, & keys
  • Plays a low D

Advantages

The Jupiter 313S Prodigy Flute was created for the child beginner flutist and has features that would accommodate smaller hands. The curved headjoint allows the child to be able to reach the keys while blowing into the mouth piece. The keys are closed hole and have smaller spacing, making it easy to hold and press down on the keys. This flute’s body is also one piece, making it lighter and easier to hold and can play down to a low D. On top of being able to be played for small beginners, it has silver-plated nickel-silver body, curved headjoint, and keys as well as beautiful sound quality. A great option for an ambitious child flute learner.

Things to be Aware of

There are varying types of flutes for child beginners. While this one is a great fit for this stage, another flute will need to be purchased if the child decides to continue playing flute as they get older. Some beginner flutes allow for upgrades without buying another flute. Beginner flutes that come with both a curved and straight headjoint allow for easy upgrading with having the needed parts already. What this type of flute may lack for a smaller beginner, though, is that the keys will be normally spaced and the foot will be included (and necessary).

Bottom Line

Depending on your needs, this flute may be a great fit for your aspiring musician. If your child is very young, has small hands/fingers, and needs a lightweight flute, the Jupiter 313S Prodigy Flute is the flute for them.

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Nuvo N200JFWT jFlute Kit with Curved Head

Overview

Wanting a flute that is less fragile, designed for very young beginners, and requires less maintenance? The Nuvo jFlute Kit with Curved Head is made of ABS plastic, making it lightweight, waterproof, and more durable. It also comes with a curved headjoint, allowing short arms to reach the keys more easily.

Features

  • Made of durable ABS plastic
  • Curved headjoint
  • Patented First note lip plate included
  • Plays down to low D
  • Offset G
  • Includes case and accessories

Advantages

The Nuvo jFlute is a unique flute with many advantages for a young beginner. Setting it apart from other flutes is that it is made of plastic. This makes the flute waterproof, being able to be played in the rain, in the shower, and with wet fingers. You can be less worried about your child dropping and breaking this flute, although not totally indestructible, much more durable than a typical flute.

The child who is learning to play the flute with this instrument will be able to focus on learning the notes and proper posture. The plastic makes this flute lightweight, causing less stress on their arms. The curved headjoint also creates less strain on the arms and fingers reaching the notes. Nuvo also has a special mouthpiece, called first note mouthpiece, that acts more like a recorder type mouthpiece and allows the child to be able to produce a sound right away eliminating beginner’s frustration.

Things to be Aware of

Because the Nuvo jFlute is made of plastic, it sounds different than traditional flutes. Some people are bothered by this, while others are less concerned about sounding the same and more excited about the functionality and durability of this instrument compared to silver flutes.

If your child plans on playing flute in the school band, it would be wise to talk to the band teacher before sending the Nuvo jFlute to school. Some band teachers have a “no plastic instruments” policy.

Bottom Line

If you have a young child who is very interested in learning to play the flute, the Nuvo jFlute Kit is an excellent contender in the beginner flutes list. It costs more than I would expect a plastic flute to cost, but it is still on the low end for flutes in general. This flute offers many advantages for the child beginner.

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Trevor James 10X-2 Flute with Curved & Straight Headjoints

Overview

The Trevor James 10X-2 Flute is a great option for a young child who is serious about playing the flute. What makes this option stand out is that it comes with BOTH a Curved and a Straight Headjoint. Instead of potentially buying multiple flutes as the beginner musician grows, you can simply switch out the headjoint when the time is right, at no extra cost.

Features

  • Silver-plated body, foot, & headjoints
  • Closed holes
  • Comes with both straight and curved headjoints
  • Rich tone quality
  • Includes a case

Sedona Suzuki-style Beginner Flute with Curved Headjoint

Overview

The Sedona Suzuki-style Beginner Flute is a silver-plated flute designed for the child beginner. The one piece body makes this flute lightweight and the curved headjoint creates less strain when reaching the keys while playing.

Features

  • Closed holes
  • Curved headjoint
  • Silver-plated body
  • 1 piece body, no foot
  • Plays to low D
  • No trill keys
  • Includes custom case, cleaning rod, and cleaning cloth

Advantages

This flute has many qualities suitable for a young child beginner. Their arms won’t grow tired as quickly with its lightweight design – no foot and no trill keys. Even though it is a smaller flute than typical, they will still be able to learn notes and play all the way down to a low D. This silver-plated flute produces a warm, rich tone and does not sound like a cheap beginner version. It also has a curved headjoint, a popular feature for children musicians.

Things to be Aware of

While the Sedona Suzuki-style Beginner Flute is great for a small beginner, it is not designed like a typical flute. If the child decides they would like to continue playing flute into school band years, they will need an upgrade. A typical flute has a straight headjoint, a foot, and trill keys. Unfortunately, this flute does not have any upgrade packages that allow you to just add on; you will have to purchase another flute. Depending on your needs and how serious your child is about playing flute, this can be frustrating or may actually be worth it.

Bottom Line

This Sedona Suzuki-style Flute has many features that will make learning to play easier for a child beginner. It cannot be upgraded as the musician grows and improves, so this flute is only for those serious about learning to play the flute.

Sky C Flute with Lightweight Case

Overview

The Sky C Flute is a typical beginner’s flute – silver, key of C, & closed hole keys. However, this flute has a curved headjoint, making it younger-beginner-friendly. The curved headjoint makes it easier for shorter arms to reach the keys. Because the rest of the flute is the same as other beginner flutes, it will be easy to transition to a straight headjoint as the child learns and grows.

Features

  • Key of C
  • Closed hole keys
  • Offset G
  • Split E
  • Curved headjoint
  • Italian made key pads
  • Included: case, cleaning rod and cloth, joint grease, and screw driver

Azumi Wave Line Flute O-Style Headjoint

Overview

This O-style headjoint Azumi Wave Line Flute makes beginning to learn to play much easier for a child. It is smaller, lightweight, and has great tone quality. The key placements were designed for small hands and the headjoint reduces distance from the mouthpiece and the keys.

Features

  • O-style headjoint
  • Closed hole keys
  • Comfortable key placements for small hands
  • Full, colorful tone quality
  • Silver-plated
  • One piece body, no foot
  • Plays to low D
  • Offset G

Jupiter Plateau Flute 510ES

Overview

Do you have a child who wants to learn to play the flute but has a hard time reaching the keys? The Jupiter Plateau Flute 510ES is just like a standard beginner flute except it has a special headjoint designed to help the musician reach the keys as well as keep proper posture while playing.

Features

  • Patented WaveLine Technology Headjoint
  • Key of C
  • Silver-plated nickel silver
  • Plateau keys (closed hole)
  • Two piece body
  • Play to low C
  • Split E
  • Trill keys
  • Assembly alignment indicators
  • Includes stand, swab, and case

Advantages

This flute has all the features of a good, quality beginner flute. It is beautifully made of silver-plated nickel silver body, keys, and headjoint. In the key of C, it has a C foot, split E mechanism, and trill keys. This flute also comes with a carrying zipper case, a music stand, and a cleaning swab.

The difference between this flute and typical beginner flutes is the headjoint. This waveline or o-style headjoint reduces the length between the mouthpiece and the keys, making it easier for young musicians to hold and play the instrument, much like a curved headjoint. However, what makes this headjoint different than the curved headjoint is that it keeps the mouthpiece inline with the rest of the flute. This helps keep proper posture and form, and it makes it an easier transition to a straight headjoint.

Things to be Aware of

While this flute is beginner friendly, some flutes have even more features to help very young musicians learn to play. For example, the Jupiter Prodigy Flute 509S is a smaller flute, lightweight, and has assisted fingering keys for small hands. Depending on how young and/or small your child is will determine which flute would be the right choice.

The headjoint sets this flute apart from others, and Jupiter has a custom extension kit that can be purchased when your child is ready to upgrade to a straight headjoint. This eliminates the need to purchase a whole new flute – you can just purchase the headjoint. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this extension kit online, so it would be best to check with a local dealer. This flute is high quality but is also more expensive than some. If you are worried about needing to purchase a second flute in the future, check with a dealer for the extension kit so you will be ready when it is time to upgrade.

Bottom Line

The Jupiter Plateau Flute 510ES is a great beginner flute for someone who is struggling to reach the keys of a typical straight headjoint flute. Jupiter is a high quality brand and they offer an extension kit – a straight headjoint – that you can purchase when ready to upgrade. However, if your child is very very young and needs some added assistance, check out the Jupiter Prodigy Flute 509S.

Jupiter Prodigy Flute 509S

Overview

Need a lightweight, easy to play flute for a young child who is serious about learning? The Jupiter Prodigy Flute 509S is a higher end instrument created with the young beginner in mind.

Features

  • Patented WaveLine Technology Headjoint
  • Silver-plated nickel silver
  • Closed hole keys
  • Assisted fingering keys
  • Key of C
  • One piece body
  • Play to low D
  • Includes stand, swab, and case

Advantages

A small child can begin to play the flute easily with this instrument. Some children have a hard time reaching the keys, but this flute has a waveline or o-style headjoint which decreases the distance between the mouthpiece and the body and makes the mouthpiece inline with the rest of the flute. It also has assisted fingering keys – small finger key tabs placed strategically to make hand position easier for small hands.

This flute is a one piece body meaning it does not have a foot. While still being able to play down to a low D, it is also lightweight. This makes it easier to hold the flute up and achieve proper posture and to be able to play comfortably.

Included with this flute is a zipper flute case, a music stand, and a cleaning swab.

Things to be Aware of

While this flute is great for a small child serious about playing the flute, an upgraded flute will need to be purchased if they choose to continue playing. This is not a good choice for a child who is starting school band – they will most likely need a standard beginner flute that has a foot and a straight headjoint. This flute is more for starting a young child early in learning to play.

The second thing to be aware of is the cost. This is a higher end flute and therefore has a higher end price. If a child decides they do not want to play the flute, this would be an expensive tryout. If they decide to stick with the flute in the future, purchasing a second flute is costly as well.

Bottom Line

The Jupiter Prodigy Flute 509S is a quality instrument and has all of the features needed for a young, serious, child musician. Just keep in mind your child will outgrow this instrument.

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