Did you know that flutes are the oldest known musical instruments still in use today? They go back about 40,000 years, and although the designs have changed completely over the centuries, the concept has always been the same: a hollow tube with fingerholes to set the length, and thus the pitch. Nearly all flutes are "aerophones," played by blowing over a hole in the headjoint, similar to the way you can make sound with a water bottle by blowing over the top - this makes the flute one of the only members of the woodwind family that doesn't contain a reed. So does the flute sound like the instrument you'd like to study? If so, there's something in this selection of student flutes ready to get you started.
Because flutes are relatively small and straightforward instruments, it's easy to find one that can fit into even the tightest budgets. For the most affordable options, you could start by checking out the Etude Model EFL-100 Student Flute or the Allora Student Series Flute Model AAFL-229. Or, if you want something that's extra-durable and lower-maintenance, maybe a plastic one like the Nuvo Student Plastic Flute Kit is the best choice for you? It even comes in a junior version, the Nuvo jFlute Plastic Junior Flute Kit, which is a good fit for the youngest, smallest players. All of these Nuvo plastic flutes include a unique "Firstnote Lip Plate," which adds a recorder-like mouthpiece to make playing the flute a cinch from the very first time you pick it up.
Naturally, there are plenty of more traditional options as well, running the gamut as far as the Gemeinhardt Model 2S Conservatory Flute for the most experienced student flautists. Deciding which of the student flutes in this section is the right one for you will probably take a little bit of thought and maybe some narrowing-down of the options using the built-in sidebar filters. Once you get started, though, you'll probably find it takes less time than you thought to discover the perfect instrument to meet your needs.