The flute is part of the woodwind family of instruments. It differs from many woodwind instruments, as it does not need a reed to be played.
To create a sound on the flute, air is blown across the hole on the mouthpiece. Keys are then pressed to create different notes. The flautist holds the flute on the right side with it parallel to the ground.
There are different sizes of flute including soprano, alto and bass. The most-popular size is soprano, and this is the size with which every flautist begins. There is a smaller version of the flute known as a piccolo.