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$11,546
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52
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 2 2013 3:29 AM UTC +00:00

About

       FlutEase came about in response to a need I saw in music education. I teach third through twelfth graders, and a continuing problem I encounter is beginner flute players often struggle at first to make a sound. They have difficulty positioning their mouth and quickly become frustrated. After a few weeks of this frustration, the children, and adult beginners alike, quit the instrument, without ever really beginning it! Individuals who are able to make a sound at the beginning of their flute experience feel a sense of accomplishment and are more likely to continue playing. The first months of playing flute should be joyous and exciting, rather than anxiety-ridden.

FlutEase is a small attachment that slides onto the lip plate of the flute (where the student blows) and positions the mouth so that a sound can be made instantly. FlutEase holds the mouth in the proper playing position, allowing notes to be played at the first lesson. This eliminates early weeks and months of beginner frustration. With FlutEase, students will feel an instant sense of progress, rather than delayed gratification that often contributes to feelings of failure and not enjoying the flute.

FlutEase is constructed of metal and rubber. The body of the FlutEase is a durable medical-grade soft plastic. This wraps around the head joint of the instrument.  It is held in place by a metal pin. The FlutEase measures 2 inches by 1.5 inches. It is lightweight (a few ounces), nimble and assembled and packaged entirely in the USA.

With the help of my sponsors, production and marketing can begin. It is my goal that every beginner flute student and instructor will have access to this simple teaching aid.

Contributions will enable the following:

1) Creating the steel mold for the injection molding process.

2) Creating the first production run, including packaging.

3) Distributing to educators, music stores and individuals.

The design, patent and testing stages are complete. I am ready to give the green light on production and packaging. Once produced and packaged, I can market to my target audience and distribute the aid to all who want it. For preliminary testing, I used a prototype created with 3D printing. Students who used FlutEase obtained a sound 100% of the time, 9 out of 10 times on the first try. By the 2nd or 3rd blow, all students had produced a sound and gave a glowing smile of success.

     All components of the FlutEase will be manufactured and packaged in the USA. I have selected the manufacturing company VistaTech in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. For packaging, I will be using Mid-Hudson Workshop in Poughkeepsie, New York, a plant that employs disabled veterans as their primary work force.

    While I raise support for manufacturing, I will be working hard on my marketing campaign. I will hold demonstrations for musicians and educators, present FlutEase at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) exhibition in July 2013 and continue to use FlutEase in my day-to-day teaching.

Risks and challenges

Some of the potential problems I can foresee with the project are:

1 The mold not adhering to the proper specifications.

2 The materials I have selected not having the proper tensile strength.

3 Delays in shipping a large quantity of project rewards.

4 The packaging not adequately protecting the FlutEase in transit.

To anticipate these potential obstacles as best I can, I have planned the following contingencies:

1 The supplier who furnished me with pricing quotes is the same company that already constructed my prototypes; they adhered to my specifications exactly. If the mold does not work as intended, I will be working with the company closely to correct this.

2. If the tensile strength of the materials does not work as anticipated, there are ways to thicken the stress points to better handle the forces. There are other materials I could use if the need arises and I have allotted myself extra time accordingly.

3. Delays in shipping are a consideration of all businesses. As stated above, I have planned for such delays by allotting myself additional time.

4. Even though I am very excited to use the aforementioned packaging company, I have secondary and tertiary choices if necessary.

As with any pursuit, there are challenges that cannot be predicted. I have spent two years in development of this invention and have been testing it for many months. I have seen the joy it brings to a young player who is struggling to produce a sound. It has always pained me to see a new flute student floundering and feeling embarrassed. The FlutEase has already prevented a number of my own students from feeling this way. I have confidence my commitment to this project will carry me over any hurdles.

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    Individuals receive a 1-hour lesson via Skype from the inventor on choice of flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet or trombone, FlutEase product, signed thank-you letter from inventor, your name acknowledged on the FlutEase website, and inclusion on the FlutEase email list.

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    First 20 individuals receive an introductory-level flute instrument, FlutEase product, signed thank-you letter from inventor, your name acknowledged on the FlutEase website, and inclusion on the FlutEase email list.

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    A two- hour live concert in New York Tri-State (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) or New England (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) Region, performed by Leland Sundries, www.lelandsundries.com, an eclectic mix of blues, rhythm and honky tonk, FlutEase product, signed thank-you letter from inventor, your name acknowledged on the FlutEase website, and inclusion on the FlutEase email list.

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- (35 days)