I am beginning to teaching lessons to a middle schooler tomorrow. She currently plays violin, but has never played flute before. I was trying to find some good starter techniques like how to first make a noise, etc. Any ideas?
The way my flute lesson teacher worked with me was establishing an embochure first. She had me put my index fingerbelow my lower lip and puff up my cheeks and then blow out all the air until my lips were completely relaxed. Once I got the feel of what it's supposed to feel like, she added the head joint, using the same method. Puff up my cheeks and then blow out all excess air until my lips are totally relaxed. From there, it just took practice and rolling the head joint to find that spot that worked for me. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of practice, but it pays off. ;)
These are really good suggestions, but here is my odd one: I was teaching my cousin to play when we were young, and she just couldn't make a sound! Finally I got a pop bottle (back then glass bottles were easier to find) and taught her to blow over that pop bottle! Once she mastered that, she got right on the flute. Strange, eh?
Also, I remember when I was first learning to play, my flute instructor had me place the hole of the plate directly and evenly over my lips, then roll the head out and blow over. I watched her embochure as she played and followed that. Seems like I was playing in no time.
Also I would let her make some noise the first week and then start teaching her the notes, depending on what kind of flute that she has and this is just good for me I don't know if it works for other people I teach them the high notes first then the low notes. But ALWAYS at the beginning teach her or him the correct embousure some students do an embousure like the clarinet or saxphone. But do what you like that is just my thing I do.