The idea for this sheet music and a „panflute for children“
was born during fundamental considerations in which way the
panflute could be used during early musical education. Because
already the visual effect of the structure appears logical,
children often intuitively understand the principal of the
panflute. In addition, ideally they play by ear as if they
would sing. In contrast to the recorder they can start playing
without having to learn abstract finger positions and they
can spontaneously be responsive to what their “inner
voice” is “singing” in their head.
About one year ago my students and I started to think about
which range a panflute for children should have to be ideal
for early musical education. The result was D2-G3, e.g. a
range of 1½ octaves, in which the tones can be produced
easily. This also allows playing several tunes in two different
keys without requiring accidentals. The panflute is still
constructed in its traditional key of G-major.
On the CD every tune is recorded twice, first the „complete
version“ including the panflute and serving as an example,
and then the playback version without the panflute to let
the children play this part. In canons always the second panflute
is missing in the playback version. Ideally you would play
these canons with a minimum of three pupils without the CD.
This sheet music is not a teaching book for panflute but
a small collection of different tunes supporting committed
musical teachers to integrate the panflute for children in
their musical lessons.
Samples, Ulrich Herkenhoff - Panpipes