Find the best flute lessons, classes, and instructors at HeyKiki and learn how to play the flute. The flute is a woodwind musical instrument and is one of the oldest known musical instruments. Flutes can be made from a number of materials, including wood, metals, and plastic. The flute is played by blowing air across the surface of an opening in the flute and changing its pitch by covering various holes or pressing down a series of valves. Aside from instruction in proper playing technique and enhancement of repertoire, flute lessons often include instruction in sheet music reading as well. The flute is a common feature of many jazz and classical music compositions.