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The following information is from my master's research into the impact making and learning to play a Native American style flute through the Songs of the Spirit Curriculum had on students at an urban Aboriginal high school.

“What I really saw was at breaks and at lunch time when at that point where there was no supervision . . . rather than the normal of them running haphazardly being children, there they were sitting in little groups practicing, playing their flutes. It was such a calming effect. I could see it in the kids that they were really into what they were doing. And that’s what impressed me the most is that they really cared about what was going on.” Larry Mintzler, Caretaker  

“And then as I watched the kids starting to build the flutes I watched their interest start to rise in the whole thing because this whole program was 100% theirs and the flute was 100% theirs because they built it, they knew everything about it, they knew how it worked. I was particularly interested in watching our senior kids who would not connect in any other way to the school start to connect through the music program and through the flutes that they were building and playing and coming to school basically to do that. The funny thing was the spin off from that was that they were actually getting better marks in the other grades, in the other classes because they were coming to school more often to build the flutes and learn how to play the flutes.” Doug McDonald, Principal

“What I notice with the students is sort of that buddy system with their flute. It's sort of like, somebody that you can carry with you and be with you. I notice they carry their flutes around a lot. It's with them all the time . . .even sitting in the stairway towards the gym there and just playing it, softly by themselves.” Mary Lee, Elder

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http://library2.usask.ca/theses/available/etd-04252007-220909/

 

 
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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
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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
 

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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 :)
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"Your project flutes-for-kids rocks!" - Marina Nadir  

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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 
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"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,
Ed
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