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About Rich

Rich Bio Pic Rich Dubé, S.V.M., M. Ed., B. Mus. Mus. Ed.

Rich Dubé has been taught music at inner city schools in Saskatoon for 15 years. Both his Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal middle years and high school students put their heart and soul into creating their very own Native American style flutes. They take great pride in learning how to play a version of the authentic instrument that was created by North America’s First People. He is currently teaching music in French at École canadienne-française in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

He has studied teaching music through the Orff approach at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Alberta in Edmonton. Richard has had the privilege of studying with Professor Jos Wuytack from Belgium, subsequently receiving his Masters Certification in Orff Shulwerk. Richard has completed his Level III of the World Music Drumming course that is held annually at Oconomowoc, WI. Richard has also received his diploma as a PianoClub/Keyboard Club teacher from Yamaha Music Canada Ltd. He has enjoyed using this group method of instruction with at-risk students in the Heart of the City Piano Program. Richard's earned his Level I certificate in drum circle facilitation at the Facilitators Playshop with Arthur Hull at Camp Mokuleia on the island of Ohau, Hawaii. Richard took HealthRhythms training with Dr. Barry Bittman and Music Therapist, Christine Stevens. He looks forward to sharing his newly developed skills with his colleagues and using them in his work with the"Circle of Peace".

Richard has served as President of the Saskatchewan Chapter of Carl Orff Canada, Director of Region 4 for the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association and he is a member of the Music, Drama, and Dance Committee for the Saskatoon Public School Division. Richard was selected as the recipient of the Kirkpatrick Travel Award for 2000-2001. He used this award to further network and train with World Music Drumming enthusiasts from across North America. In the fall of 2001, the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association awarded him the "Outstanding Achievement Award" for his work with the Heart of the City Piano Program and the Circle of Peace. In 2003, Richard was recognized by the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation and received an award as an “Educator of Distinction”. Richard founded and developed theHeart of the City Piano Program, a volunteer piano program that provides piano lessons for over 250 at-risk children in 5 cities across Saskatchewan, as well as in Edmonton and Ottawa. Richard’s started the Circle of Peace in 2000. This program is in its eleventh year of World Music Drumming with at-risk youth living in disadvantaged situations. Richard has recently been awarded a Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan. This medal recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to our province and is a symbol of the pride and vision of Saskatchewan and its people. Richard is an ardent Music Advocate and works hard to promote quality music education for all Saskatchewan students. He believes that music helps us to connect to the Spirit within in a way that helps us to ground ourselves spiritually and emotionally, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

You can check out the programs for youth who are at risk of not meeting their full potential at their web sites:

Ø      Heart of the City Piano

Ø     Circle of

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Wow! amazing flute!

I love the idea of plastic flutes. A flute I can enjoy anywhere anytime without worrying about having to baby it. I have been collecting various plastic Native american style flutes and I must comment that yours is so far superior! The tuning, dynamic range, stability of pitch, beauty and clarity of pitch are amazing. I have been totally spoiled by your Northern Spirit flute and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone as the ideal first flute and beyond as a keeper!


I am your loyal fan!

Sincerely, Liz Moore

Hello Rich,

Just wanted to confirm my order did arrive on the 18th and I've been playing it ever since. :) Thanks again for the premium product!


I'll be sure to recommend your services for anyone that's looking for a high quality and durable Native American Flute.

Thanks, Ian



"Hi there, I received my flute very quickly. I really commend you on the tone and simplicity of it. I am extremely happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. I will buy another from you whenever you make a different key. Also I am interested in trying out your drone flute sometime. Thanks so much!" - Joanne
Just received the flutes - Wow they play wonderfully!!!  I have several NAF flutes and have been playing for a long time.  Your flute plays with and sounds with the best them. What a wonderful gift you have created for everyone . . . FUZEN . . . blowing Zen. 

Thank you again and I am saving to by the kit I want to share the gift with my friends and fellow Tai Chi enthusiasts.  Great way to learn breath.

Walk in Beauty, - azchimp


Thank you for sending the flute out to me quickly.  The pitch is perfect and it's so easy to blow into.  Please email me whenever you have for sale additonal  ABS flutes in different keys.
Once again, thank you!
Be well,  - Joanne Degnan :)
"Your project flutes-for-kids rocks!" - Marina Nadir  


The flute that you so generously gave to me has been given to a very deserving at-risk teenager from a local native tribe.  I was doing an artist in residence program and this young man picked up the flute that I had been bringing with me and began to make incredible music with it.  This kid had been in a reserved shell for the entire program until he picked up that flute.  By the time he was done, another at risk teen had joined him in a duet with her singing.  Tears and joy were in full abundance.

It was immediately clear after that young man picked it up that that flute was now his.  

I just wanted to let you know that it found a deserving and permanent home.

Frank Thompson, Founder
AZ Rhythm Connection 
"I had the honor of getting a phone call, one day, from Rich Dubé of Northern Spirit Flutes. He asked me if I would help him with designing flutes, he was working on, that are made entirely from U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ABS plastic and explained to me that it was for children, so that they would be able to learn how to make and play these wonderful instruments at a very affordable price. I could tell in his voice that Rich was extremely sincere and committed to this project. Having children learn about this instrument is very important to me as well, so I told him to ask away with any questions he may have had and I would be happy to help him however I could. Rich called me several times and sent me several design ideas via E-mail to look at and discuss. He purchased a flute from me so that he could visually see how I made my wood flutes. Rich got as close as possible (molds permitting), making a very doable design. These flutes play very well and are fantastic for children to learn on. I tip my hat to Richard for staying so dedicated and for spending hours and hours of his time and using his own money to finance this project for the kids.
Rich, you are a good man with a good spirit....."
In Spirit,
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