For sale:

Price for 1 whistle: 350 CZK
Postage and packing to the Czech Republic: 1-2 pieces 210 CZK, 3-10 pieces 250 CZK
Postage and packing to the EU: according to the post tariff

Ordered to:
(write in the subject of the email: koncovka)

“Koncovka”/ overtone whistle in tones (a = 440Hz):

All keys are suitable for musical practice
“A”: length 77 cm, suitable for adult men, especially for respiratory rehabilitation
“C”: length 64 cm, suitable for adults and older school children
“D”: length 57 cm, suitable for preschool children and severe lung or muscle function
“F”: length 49 cm, suitable for children under 5 years and severe lung or muscle function
“G”: length 42cm, suitable for children under 5 years and severe lung or muscle function

About the instrument

The overtone flute – overtone flute is an archaic musical instrument of the European herdsman cultures of the Carpathian region. It is holeless. Changes in pitch are not done by finger-placements as in the common flute; there are no openings to be covered. The pitch can be altered in two ways. The first, the essential one for the therapeutic work, uses a modification of the expiration intensity. The stronger the exhale the higher and louder the pitch. A soft exhale creates a low, silent pitch. Depending on the quality of the instrument it is possible to elude 9-10 pitches corresponding to the overtone sequence starting at the fundamental tone – i.e. the lowest tone. (for example, C dur… C-c-g-c-f-g…). The other way of changing the pitch is to cover the lower end of the flute. When the end is covered the previous open-end tone will be lowered by a certain interval, which will be smaller and smaller towards the higher pitches. A combination of these two options for changing the pitch makes it possible to play using the Lydian scale. Covering the end partially lowers by a semitone or quarter-tone and enables one to draw closer to the oriental scale.

“Koncovka” in music therapy in rehabilitation of physical functions

“Koncovka” is firmly established in the music therapy instrumentate precisely for the simplicity of its use combined with a rich musical expression (instrument’s range, easy solo melody play or rhythmic accompaniment, etc.). “Koncovka” can be used in the rehabilitation of disorders of breathing, voice, speech, hearing, or the musculoskeletal system. Within the music therapy terminology, it falls under the directive music therapy techniques. The therapeutic method is predetermined by the therapist, who sets the direction, the structure, and the boundaries. The music therapist determines the use of the instrument. When carried out well, the activity fosters and guides the therapeutic rehabilitative process.

The principles of using “koncovka” in rehabilitation

In the complex rehabilitative approach in the treatment of the disorders of voice, speech, hearing, and severe combined disabilities it is possible to use the instrument with a targeted and precisely selected approach to effectively improve these functions:

Muscle function – the posture, the respiratory muscles, the pharynx, the larynx, the orofacial area.

The improvement of breathing – improvement of the coordination of all muscles involved in breathing, improvement of the functional abilities of lung tissue

Perception – the sensory components of speech, selected components of perceptive hearing.

Sensorimotor integration – the neurophysiological process operating non-stop in the central nervous system responsible for the reception and processing of signals from the respective sensory subsystems. Sensorimotor integration is also involved in the preparation and realization of the response to the signals.

The social and emotional functions, the pragmatic level of communication – the active work with the musical instrument enabling a quick success is highly motivational and effective, especially in severe and chronic disorders.