Master Class & Workshop

For many years, Wil Offermans has been presenting master classes and workshops to promote the contemporary techniques as integrated part of the flute study. While teaching to both the students as well as the professional flutists, he developed and presented a contemporary approach towards flute playing aiming for sound development and flexibility in general.

In this way he has been teaching all over the world, including: The Hague Royal Conservatory, Holland; Trinity College of Music, London, UK; Guildhall London, UK; RNCM Manchester, UK; University of Music, Vienna, Austria; Hochschule Hamburg, Germany; Grieg Academy of Music, Bergen, Norway; Conservatoire Royal de Mons, Belgium; New England Conservatory Boston, USA; University of Michigan, USA; Kunitachi College of Music Tokyo, Japan; Shanghai Conservatory, China; Seoul University, Korea; DGfF Flute Festival, Frankfurt, Germany (Freiburg; Frankfurt); Flute Festival Boswil, Switzerland; the NFA Flute Convention (New Orleans; Las Vegas; Boston) USA; the Japan Flute Convention (Fukuoka); 1st Norwegian Festival Hamar and various NFG Flute Festivals in Holland.

A Contemporary Approach

Several decades ago the contemporary playing techniques seemed solely a subject for those interested into ‘intellectual academic’ contemporary music. Today however, we can see that contemporary techniques have evolved into an essential and actually most enjoyable musical aspect in both the instrumental study as well as in music education in general. The field of contemporary techniques and the extended sound possibilities allows us to discover seemingly unlimited creativity to express our sensations and reflections in the dynamic world of today. For this reason, Wil Offermans has developed and presented throughout Europe his Flute Day for music schools as well as his masterclasses for advanced flute students, described below.

Extended Techniques and Body-Development

When studying extended techniques - like circular breathing, bamboo tones and whisper tones - you are actually developing the refined control of your body and your muscles. You are training different physical actions and involving almost all of your body. This training can be so physical, that we can regard the extended techniques as a ‘tool’ to develop and refine the body-control, especially the breathing-system, the throat and the embouchure. Obviously, these aspects are important to all of us. So even if you are not really interested in the ‘crazy’ sounds of the contemporary music, still it will be enriching and essential to study extended techniques. It can help us tremendously to develop flexibility and improve our sound and playing in any musical style.


The main subjects include:

  • circular breathing
  • bamboo tone
  • harmonics and multiphonics
  • whisper tones
  • vocalization
  • tone-development
  • body-mapping
  • flute & movement
  • game-style pieces and Improvisations
  • repertoire (see below)


This is a selection of Offermans’ compositions and materials frequently used in his master class:

In 2012 the website has been launched by Wil Offermans to share extensive information, exercises and background stories related to the extended flute techniques and especially related to the etude book For the Contemporary Flutist. Visit this website here.

Flute Day project for Music Schools

Wil Offermans also has presented numerous of his Flute Day project at music institutions for smaller or larger groups of flute students of any level. Offermans developed a personal approach concerning the Flute Day based on enjoyment, creativity and group action. With the involvement of e.g. ensemble playing, graphic notation and improvisation, the Thumpy flute, contemporary techniques, he invites and attracts the flutist for a more flexible attitude towards the flute playing and music in general. For more detailed information, visit the dedicated Flute Day website:


Luna y Sierra CD

Cd Luna y Sierra

Latest solo CD by Wil Offermans recorded in Granada, Spain Recente solo CD by Wil Offermans opgenomen in Granada, Spain Último CD de Wil Offermans grabado en Granada, España Latest solo CD by Wil Offermans recorded in Granada, Spain

CD Daily Sensibilities

CD Daily Sensibilities

Wil Offermans performing the etudes of 'For the Contemporary Flutist' Wil Offermans speelt zijn etudes van 'For the Contemporary Flutist' Wil Offermans interpreta sus estudios de 'For the Contemporary Flutist' Wil Offermans performing the etudes of 'For the Contemporary Flutist'

CD Made in Japan

Wil Offermans performing his book 'Made in Japan' with Japanese karaoke inspired compositions Wil Offermans speelt zijnboek 'Made in Japan' met op Japanse karaoke geïnspireerde composities Wil Offermans presenta su libro 'Made in Japan' con composiciones inspiradas en el karaoke japonés Wil Offermans presenta su libro "Made in Japan" con composiciones inspiradas en el karaoke japonés

CD How to Survive in Paradise

CD How to Survive in Paradise

Duo CD by the Japanese-Dutch Duo Ueda Offermans (voice, satsuma-biwa, flutes, live-electronics) Duo CD van het Japans-Nederlandse Duo Ueda Offermans (zang, satsuma-biwa, fluiten, live-elektronica) Dúo CD del japonés-holandés Dúo Ueda Offermans (voz, satsuma-biwa, flautas, electrónica en vivo) Duo CD by the Japanese-Dutch Duo Ueda Offermans (voice, satsuma-biwa, flutes, live-electronics)