Discovering the Native American Flute Circle


Sunday, January 6th 2008, 10:41 pm
By: News 9


By Christian Price, News9.com INsite team

The Jacobson House in Norman, Okla. is always filled with music lovers on the first Friday of each month. People travel near and far just to attend the Native American Flute Circle, which is open to the public.

"It grew out of a native flute class," said Dr.Paula Conlon, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma. "People wanted to keep meeting, so that's when we started."

People from all different backgrounds come together and share original music pieces.

"I find it a community, a flute family. It's my home away from home," Conlon said. "It's a way to come together and share a love of an instrument."

Many of those who attend the circle point out that they have never played an instrument before. The simplicity of the flute gives people a creative outlet they didn't previously have.

"It's a relatively simple instrument, at the same time, you can do a tremendous amount with it," said Deborah Kay, a flute circle participant.

Once he retired, Bob Peel not only learned to play the flute, he learned to make them. For him, making and playing the flute is very personal.

"It's a journey," Peel said. "I think that people are looking for spiritual answers from within themselves, and through this type of music you can discover who you are."

Those of the flute circle encourage anyone  interested in the native American to come to the circle and visit. You don't even have to play. You can just sit back, relax, and enjoy a very fulfilling night with the ageless Native American flute.

For more information on the flute circle visit www.paulaconlon.com and look for the link.