I am really enjoying examining and studying the old French Flute method books 1800-1860. That is: Pre Altes, Taffanel Gaubert and Moyse. They are all so systematic; they cover everything in your training that eventually leads towards really good Fluteplaying. Altes, Taffanel Gaubert and Moyse extended this even further. I think the exam system we have now is a bit of a joke compared to the training that our ancestors had. There is too much focus on 'fun' ....isn’t music fun anyway especially with the right teacher? Why are we ignoring all this good teaching material written by GREAT fluteplayers? Instead we are dumbing down the whole thing. I find all the duets and lessons in these books really good fun! I find myself getting more and more against teaching through this graded system. I know students need to have a goal but I think we can find a better system of creating this. I believe in treating every student like a potential Virtuoso, regardless where they are in their learning. Imagine teaching a young Mozart with the system now.