KinderFlute Academy
 KinderFlute Academy

Flute lessons offered for all ages and skill levels

Molly and flute student, Mady, are playing at a Perfect 5th recital
  • All skill levels and ages welcome
  • The Blocki Flute Method is utilized extensively as it covers a multitude of skills and genres
  • The Overtones Series of flute repertoire is also used to introduce the student to a wide range of ancient to modern flute works 
  • Students are encouraged to bring to their lessons band, orchestra, district audition pieces and other music they are working on
  • Lessons are designed specifically to master individual needs
  • Lessons are offered in 4 locations in Central Pennsylvania: Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, at Mechanicsburg High School and also at The Pollock Center for Performing Arts in Camphill. 
  • Kinderflute™ Academy students are required to take individual lessons alongside of their group classes
  • Needs based scholarships are available at State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, PA
  • To learn about fees and costs:
  • To see the lesson policy and related info go to

Click on photo to learn about and purchase the Blocki Flute Method books and materials

The Blocki Flute Method is and award winning method developed by flutist Kathy Blocki.  This method covers many aspects of flute playing not covered in band methods that flute students typically use.  Ear training, composition, flexibility, and exercises tailored specifically to the flute are major components of this method.  Flute Instructor Molly Shortridge has been using this method with her students for years and has had training in this method as part of her Kinderflute certification process. The books progress in difficulty and are suitable for many children, teens and adults.

The Importance of a Flute That Fits Your Child

Even at the age of 10, James is not suited for this flute.  His head is turned at an angle that causes restricted airflow when breathing.  Younger children would have trouble with their fingers reaching the keys on a flute such as this.

This flute is much more comfortable due to its curved headjoint. James' head is in the correct position and his arms are in a more comfortable position.  Using a flute such as this motiviates a child to practice longer, since physical strain does not exist. Regular student model flutes can be adapted with this type of headjoint. Flutes can also be purchased that come with a curved headjoint.  Click on the link to see flute instructor recommendations.

Student Requirements

  • Students need a flute that allows for a good sound and is in working condition
  • A metronome, music stand, and music will need to be purchased
  • Younger students may be required to purchase a Pneumo-Pro Wind Director, a device developed by flutist Kathy Blocki that helps achieve a big, full sound.
  • Fees are paid at the beginning of each month at Molly’s home studio and at The Perfect Fifth Musical Arts Center. State Street Academy is tuition-based.
  • Students are encouraged to practice daily, in a manner that suits their individual learning style.









Many children play violin and piano at an early age, and the same is true for those who wish to play the flute.  A flute with a curved headjoint allows children as young as 4 begin to experience the joy of flute playing, giving a head start in music and learning.


Flute Instructor Molly Shortridge can be reached by phone at (717) 571-0640 or email at


Lessons and/or classes can also be arranged by contacting the following music schools:



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