I recently purchased a flute for my daughter to prepare her for the school band. I played in the band for years, but I was a brass player and was clueless about woodwinds. To learn about flutes, I consulted with a friend who is a professional flutist and flute teacher. She helped me navigate the complex world of flutes and answered all my questions. I put together this post to help other clueless parents purchase a beginner flute with confidence.