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.

  • movement studies
    movement studies
  • at a masterclass
    at a masterclass
  • coaching
  • Honami
    Honami masterclass
  • teaching circular breathing
    teaching circular breathing
  • Honami
    Honami masterclass
  • Thumpy
  • with a student
    at a masterclass
  • Tsuru-no-Sugomori at a masterclass
    Tsuru-no-Sugomori at a masterclass
  • conducting Eternal Winds (Neflac)
    conducting Eternal Winds (Neflac)
  • Dance with Me
    Dance with Me
  • flute ensemble coaching
    flute ensemble coaching
  • scores by Wil Offermans
    scores by Wil Offermans
  • flute ensemble coaching
    flute ensemble coaching
  • Tsuru-no-Sugomori score
    Tsuru-no-Sugomori score

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.


Tsuru-no-Sugomori score

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)


OnTheMove score

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

FCF Logo

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:

In the Past

Master Classes

Hague Royal Conservatory, Holland
Trinity College of Music, London, UK
Hochschule Hamburg, Germany
Conservatoire Royal de Mons, Belgium
University of Music, Vienna, Austria
New England Conservatory Boston, USA
University of Michigan, USA
Kunitachi College of Music Tokyo, Japan
Shanghai Conservatory, China
Seoul University, Korea

Flute Festival

Frankfurt Flute Festival, Germany
Flute Festival Boswil, Switzerland
US Flute Convention 2003 (Las Vegas)
Japan Flute Convention 2003 (Fukuoka)
1st Norwegian Flute Festival 2011
British Flute Society


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