This "Flute 101" course is for students who want to learn to play the flute, or who have a little bit of experience and would like to brush up on basic skills. You will need to own or rent a flute (please see free Lesson 1, "Choosing a Flute," for help with this process). It covers a broad range of topics and skills (see below). This course is NOT meant to turn the student into an expert flute player, but rather as a general introduction to the flute and flute playing. Please note: you will achieve the most success with the course by practicing the material in between watching each lesson video. This course is the equivalent of approximately 9 months worth of private online or in-person once-a-week lessons.
This course includes:
- 6 Units (see below)
- 36 video lessons, which will teach you:
- How to assemble and hold the flute properly
- Care & Maintenance
- Fingerings for over 20 notes
- How to read music for and play 11 popular tunes
- 3 pieces of public domain sheet music
- 3 Major Scales
- 1 Minor Scale
- Octaves (highs and lows)
- Musical Notation (how to read music) and vocabulary
- Troubleshooting common problems
- 16 Quizzes with answer keys
- Over 9 hours of video lessons
- 36 printable sheets for review and reference
- Information on how to proceed with improving flute skills after taking this course
Upon completion, students will be able to:
- Care for, assemble, and place hands properly on the flute
- Make a characteristic sound on the head joint and flute as a whole
- Know the fingerings for and be able to produce a sound on approximately 20 notes
- Play several popular and childhood tunes
- Have a fundamental knowledge of music reading and notation
This course is primarily designed for BEGINNER flute players, or students are interested in learning the flute and want to try it out and develop fundamental skills. Students should be in at least 4th grade, but the materials covered can apply to beginner flute students of any age.
Students need to own or rent a flute. Check your local music store for rental options. If you are playing on a previously owned flute, please take or send it to a repair shop or flute professional in your area for inspection before starting the course. This will ensure that the instrument is fully functioning before starting the class (you may need to have some repairs done first). Without a properly working flute, this course will be less enjoyable and more frustrating. You will also need a cleaning rod and cleaning cloth. Highly recommended but not required: Woodwind pad cleaning paper, music stand, metronome app, tuner app.
- Unit 1 . Flute Basics
- Choosing a flute: brands to consider/avoid
- Qualities to look for
- Care & Maintenance of your flute
- How to assemble the flute
- Proper hand position on the flute
- Unit 2 . First Sounds & Notes
- How to produce a sound using just the head joint
- How to produce high and low sounds
- Exercises using short and long notes to practice making a good sound
- How to finger the notes B, A, and G
- Exercises to practice and reinforce making a sound on B, A, G
- Unit 3 . First Songs: Popular and Childhood Tunes
- How to play "Hot Cross Buns" & "Mary Had a Little Lamb" using B, A, G
- Articulation/tonguing: introduction
- Exercises to practice articulation
- New Notes: F, E, D
- How to play the refrain from the famous song "Hallelujah" using 5 notes
- How to play Octaves (high and low) on the flute
- Unit 4 . Musical Notation, Terms & Scales
- Whole, half, and quarter notes
- Treble clef/staff
- Note names (spaces and lines)
- New notes: B-flat, C, D, A-flat, D-flat, E-flat
- F scale & G scale (Major)
- Half and whole steps
- Chromatic scale
- Unit 5 . More Advanced Popular & Childhood Tunes
- Demonstration of the Piccolo and Fife
- Eighth notes
- Dotted quarter notes
- Key signatures
- Sheet music and instruction on how to play the following famous tunes:
- "London Bridge"
- "The Alphabet Song"
- "Old MacDonald"
- "Ode to Joy"
- "Amazing Grace"
- "Yankee Doodle"
- "You are my Sunshine"
- Unit 6 . More Advanced Scales, Terms, & Sheet Music
- Fingerings for low and high E-flat
- E-flat scale (1 octave and 2 octaves)
- C minor scales (natural, harmonic, and melodic)
- Sheet music and instruction on:
- "Daisy Bell"
- "Auld Lang Syne"
- Demonstration of Alto Flute and Recorders
- Resources for future flute study