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Beginner Flute Instruction

Helping the Beginner Flutist to Pick Up the Flute with Confidence and Learn the Basics Needed to Get a Fast Start
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Last updated 7/2017
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you should be able to play several songs by ear on the flute
  • You’ll have a better idea of the range and dynamics of the family of flutes
  • You’ll know how and where to buy your first flute
  • You’ll know how to care for your flute and when to take it in for maintenance
  • You’ll get a survey of flute stands, cases, bags and makers
  • You’ll learn how to hold your flute, where to put your hands and fingers
  • You’ll learn the proper posture for getting the best sound
  • You’ll learn to play 11 beginner songs by ear
  • You’ll play these songs as a duet with me playing harmony
  • You’ll learn how to practice and what beginner books to buy
  • You’ll have an idea as to whether you should take private lessons
  • You’ll get other suggestion on what to do next
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Requirements
  • The desire to learn flute
  • The commitment to buy or rent a flute
  • A least a few hours a week to practice, practice, practice
Description

Are you or someone you love interested in learning to play the flute?

Whether you play other instruments, or have never played any instrument, this course is designed to help you get started playing the flute.

If you’re a band director, or instrumental music teacher and have a student who wants to add flute but you don’t know how to teach them, this course can help you give them a good foundation in flute instruction.

We’ll cover:

  • The types of flutes and the sounds they make
  • Choosing an instrument to purchase
  • Caring for your flute
  • Getting started making music
  • Beginner songs by ear
  • How to practice & progress

This course is taught through video lectures where I take you step by step through each topic. I will demonstrate techniques then ask you to try them. I will give pointers on what you’re hearing from your flute. We’ll even play duets where you play the melody and I play harmony.

You don’t need to read music to learn how to play flute in this course. I will teach you where to place your fingers to play notes. Then we will put notes together to play beginner songs by ear.

Come and join me. You'll love playing the flute!

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who have never played an instrument, age 10 and up:
  • + Don’t know how to read music
  • + Like the sound of the flute and think they want to learn to play
  • Young and old musicians who want to add an instrument to their repertoire:
  • + New, accomplished, or seasoned musicians that want to learn the flute
  • + Whether you just want to add an instrument, or are looking to change your main instrument
  • Band directors and other instrument teachers who want help teaching their flute students:
  • + Music teachers whose main instrument is not the flute
  • + Music teachers who want help teaching their beginner flute students
  • Parents of a child that wants to learn to play the flute:
  • + You have an economical choice that is comprehensive enough for a strong start
  • + Parents can participate in lessons with students in the privacy of your home
  • Homeschoolers that want to learn to play the flute:
  • + Help meet music education requirements
  • + Your children can learn at their own pace with your help
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Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
03:10:42
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Introduction to Course & Instructor
2 Lectures 03:31

Beginner Flute Instruction: Helping the Beginner Flutist to Pick Up the Flute with Confidence and Learn the Basics Needed to Get a Fast Start! 

Preview 02:14

Some of the reasons why you should take courses from me include the fact that I've been teaching students how to play the flute since the 1990's and in 2010, I received my doctorate from the Eastman School of Music where I wrote my dissertation on beginner flute instruction. 

Preview 01:17
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Meet the Flutes
6 Lectures 26:34

In this SECTION, I will introduce you to 4 flutes in the flute family. 


We’ll begin with the C Flute, which is the flute that you think of when you think of the flute. I’ll demonstrate its range and dynamics, and give you a taste of the various sounds you can make with the C Flute. 


I'll also show you the Alto Flute, the Bass Flute and the Piccolo.


By the end of this section you’ll know if the flute is the instrument for you. And if so, you’ll have a lot to look forward to because you can learn to make a lot of fun music with the flute. 


So, join me in this section to discover what you can do with the flute. 

Preview 01:08

When you think of the flute you’re thinking of this one, the C Flute. 


In this lecture, I’ll demonstrate my Haynes professional model flute and show you some of the differences between a professional model flute and a beginner model.

Preview 04:13

In this lecture, I'll demonstrate some of the sounds that you can make with a C Flute, from a low C, to a C that's 3 octaves higher. 

I'll also show you some "extended techniques" such as: 

  • Flutter tonguing
  • Vibrato
  • Beat-boxing
  • Multi-phonics
  • Tongue stops 
  • Jet whistle

There's so much that you can do with a flute!

Preview 04:20

In this lecture, I'll demonstrate the Alto flute, which is in the key of G. 

This beautiful instrument has a larger bore hole size – it’s thicker – and longer than the standard C Flute. This gives it a sultrier, more ethereal sound particularly in the upper register. 

The alto flute is used in Jazz performances and flute choirs.

Preview 05:14

In this lecture, I'll demonstrate the bass flute, which is in the key of C. 

The bass flute is bigger still than the alto flute. It’s longer with a bigger curved head joint and a larger bore size. It produces a beautiful low bass sound. Since it’s in the key of C, you can play with other C instruments without transposing the music. 

The bass flute is sometimes used in Jazz performances. It adds a nice depth to my flute choir. We notice when the bass flute misses flute choir.

Preview 06:28

In this lecture, I'll demonstrate the piccolo, which is the smallest member of the flute family. It is also in the key of C which means that you can play with other C instruments without transposing the music. 

It only goes down to a D, and when it goes up to a high C it sounds an octave higher than the C Flute. 

The Piccolo is often played in marching band.

Preview 05:11
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Purchasing a Flute
5 Lectures 20:59

In this SECTION, I’m going to help you make a good purchase decision – to buy the right flute for you or the beginner flutist in your life. 

We’ll discuss some important considerations that effect which flute you buy such as:

  • Your age – whether too young or too old
  • The size and strength of your fingers and hands
  • Your aspirations
  • Your budget
  • Who makes beginner and intermediate flutes
  • Where to buy: online, music stores, auction sites
Preview 01:13

Not sure if you’re too young or too old to begin playing the flute? In this lecture, we’ll discuss some of the things you need to consider before you buy a flute.

Are You Too Old or Too Young to Begin?
03:01

In this lecture, we're going to discuss some of the things that effect the cost of flutes, and which ones you should consider based on your age, your aspirations, and of course, your budget. 

Budget Considerations
09:55

In this lecture, we'll discuss some of the companies that make beginner and intermediate flutes.

Flute Makers
03:37

In this lecture I’ll share some tips about where to buy your flute and what to keep in mind.

Where to Buy Your Flute
03:13
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Caring For Your Flute
7 Lectures 30:24

In this SECTION, I’ll teach you how to care for your flute. 

There are things that you must do every time you finish playing your flute and other things that only a trained technician should do – things that you should not try at home. 

Preview 00:51

In this lecture, I’ll demonstrate the only 2 ways that you should hold your flute. 

This will help keep it safe while it’s out of its case and in your hands. Holding the flute by its “handle” is the only way that I allow my young beginners to hold their flute. 

But there is another way that is acceptable – when you’re ready.

Holding Your Flute
02:13

In this lecture, I’ll explain the uses of 3 different kinds of flute cleaning cloths. 

I’ll also reveal a secret place for finding one of the best cloths.

Cleaning Cloths
06:22

It’s very important to clean the inside of your flute, not just the outside. 

In this lecture, I’ll demonstrate how to carefully take apart your flute, and then correctly clean it inside and out.

Clean Your Flute
07:34

What should you do with your flute when you’re not playing it, but are not ready or able to take it apart and put it away in its case? 

In this lecture, you’ll learn how to properly put your flute down on a flat surface, or in a flute stand to protect it. 

Plus, I’ll demonstrate 3 types of flute stands that every flutist may want to own.

Flute Stands
04:55

There's a certain type of case that you should never carry by its handle. 

In this lecture, you’ll learn about 3 types of flute bags and cases to protect your instrument and carry your music and gear. 

And, I’ll tell you why this type of bag has been my absolute favorite for many years.

Flute Cases & Bags
04:13

If you’ve stopped sounding good, it may not be completely your fault! 

In this lecture, you’ll learn when to take your flute to a professional technician for a “COA.” 

This is not DIY maintenance!

Flute Maintenance
04:16
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Getting Started Playing the Flute
5 Lectures 23:02

You’re getting ready to start playing music on the flute!

But first, in this SECTION I’ll teach you:

  • How to put your flute together so that you're ready to play
  • How to hold your flute to play it
  • Where to place your fingers so you can reach all the keys
  • How to stand with the proper posture for the best sound 
  • 2 ways to make your first sounds with your flute
Preview 00:33

It can be scary putting your flute together – you’re afraid to break it! 

In this lecture, I’ll show you the best way to put your flute together without damaging it. 

I’ll also show you how to line up the keys and tone hole to get the best sound.

Putting Your Flute Together
03:15

Where should you put your hands and fingers on the flute to play? 

In this lecture, I’ll walk you through the process of getting your hands on the flute with your fingers in the proper positions to play. 

Plus, I’ll show you a few tricks that will work for your hand size.

Hand Positions & Finger Placements
07:51

Does it matter how you stand and hold your body when you play the flute? 

In this lecture, we’ll discuss how to position your shoulders, chest, chin, head, and arms, and how to angle your flute to get the best sound.

Proper Posture While Playing the Flute
04:33

In this lecture, I’ll show you 2 fun and easy ways to start making sounds with just your flute headjoint. 

This is a great way for a beginner to gain confidence making their first sounds with the flute.

Your First Sounds on the Flute
06:50
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Beginner Songs By Ear
25 Lectures 01:15:08

This is where the fun really begins – You learn to play songs on the flute!

In this SECTION, I’ll teach you:

  • 11 beginner songs by ear – without reading music
  • We’ll start with 3 easy notes that move in simple steps
  • I’ll teach you how to articulate your notes to get a sparkly sound
  • We’ll play the same 3 notes but make it a little harder by skipping around
  • We’ll add more notes
  • Then we’ll add a flat and a sharp
  • We’ll play duets together where you play the melody and I play harmony!
Preview 00:42

In this Lecture, I’ll teach you to play your first beginner song. 

I’ll show you where to place your fingers on the keys to play the notes B, A, and G. Then you’ll play along with me.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Play Your First Song: Hot Cross Buns
03:56

In this Lecture, I’ll teach you to articulate notes with the tip of your tongue to get a sparkly sound without running out of air.

Preview 04:08

In this Lecture, you’ll play your first duet with me! 

You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony. You’ll learn to breath with me on a count of 4 so we start together.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Your First Duet: Hot Cross Buns
01:28

In this Lecture, I’ll teach you to play your second beginner song using the same 3 notes: B, A, and G. Then you’ll play along with me. 

I’ll give you a tip about your finger placement, in case you’re playing the very sad sounding Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Mary Had a Little Lamb
05:31

In this Lecture, you’ll play your second duet with me! You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: Mary Had a Little Lamb
01:11

Introducing a “skip.” 

In this Lecture, we’ll use the same 3 notes we’ve used so far: B, A, and G. But this song will be a tiny bit trickier because there’s a skip. 

In the first two songs, we moved by steps. That is, we go from a G to an A to a B to an A to a G, always in order. But now we’re going to skip from a G to a B which makes it a small step up in difficulty.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Pierrot
03:01

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: Pierrot
01:40

Introducing the notes C and D. 

In this Lecture, we’ll use the same 3 notes we’ve used so far: B, A, and G, plus we’ll learn C and D. 

This song goes up another small step in difficulty level because we’re not only adding 2 new notes, we’re also adding more skips. 

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Go Tell Aunt Rhody
05:02

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
01:30

In this Lecture, we’ll play a second duet together for this song. 

Like before, you’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony. This time, I’ll play a more complicated duet part. This will make it a little more fun for us.

Before you try this duet, practice the song and the first duet over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

2nd Duet: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
01:51

In this Lecture, we’ll use the same 5 notes we’ve used so far: B, A, and G, plus C and D. 

We’ll practice moving between B to D, and C to D, with pinky down, pinky up.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Down By The Station
04:43

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: Down By The Station
01:58

Introducing the note E. 

In this Lecture, we’ll use the same 5 notes we’ve used so far: B, A, G, C and D, plus we’ll add E.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

London Bridge
06:02

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: London Bridge
01:39

Introducing the note F# (“F Sharp”). 

In this Lecture, we’ll use the same 6 notes we’ve used so far: B, A, G, C and D, and the E that we just added. Now you’ll learn F#.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Yankee Doodle
05:31

Duet: Yankee Doodle
01:47

Introducing the note Bb (“B Flat”). 

In this Lecture, we’ll use the same 6 notes we’ve used so far: B, A, G, C, D, E, and the F# that we just added. Now you’ll learn Bb.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Twinkle Twinkle
04:27

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: Twinkle Twinkle
02:20

In this Lecture, we’ll start on A, but then use a lot of low fingers. Notes used: A, F#, G, E, and low D.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

A Tisket A Tasket
04:23

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: A Tisket A Tasket
01:55

In this Lecture, we’ll be using the low fingers again. 

So, I’ll give you an important tip about playing in the low register. We’ll start on G then go right down to the low D. Notes used: G, D, E, F#, C, B, and A.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Wake Up Shake Up
04:05

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: Wake Up Shake Up
01:24

In this Lecture, we’ll start on A then go right to the F#. Notes used: A, F#, G, E, D and A.

Practice this song over and over until you can play along with me at the same tempo and hit each note.

Lightly Row
02:58

In this Lecture, we’ll play another duet together. You’ll play the melody that you just learned, and I’ll play harmony.

Before you try the duet, practice the song over and over until you can play the melody with me at the same tempo.

Duet: Lightly Row
01:56
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What To Do Next with Your Flute
5 Lectures 11:04

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the last SECTION of the course.

We’ll wrap up the course in this SECTION with:

  • Suggestions about practicing the flute
  • The beginner books that I recommend for my students
  • A few options for taking more lessons
Preview 00:45

How long you should practice daily depends on your age and ambitions. 

In this Lecture, I’ll share what I teach my beginner students as well as my young beginners about making your air last, and not getting dizzy.

A good way to practice with this course is to go through a couple of the beginner songs and duets every day. 

Eventually you will be able to play through with me from start to finish. If you do that, you’ll also be reminded of the many tips and tricks that I’ve sprinkled throughout.

How to Practice
03:24

Beginner Books will help you learn the basics of reading music and keeping time. 

In this Lecture, I’ll show you the 2 books that I use for my beginner students, including 1 that is great for young beginners. 

Beginner Books
03:42

I hope that you’ve fallen in love with the flute and that you want to keep learning to play. 

In this Lecture, we’ll discuss a few options for you to continue taking lessons including other online courses, live video calls, and finding a private teacher in your area for face-to-face lessons.

Private Lessons
02:00

Congratulations on completing this course!

Please contact me to give me feedback and let me know what else you’d like to learn. 

Course Conclusion
01:13
About the Instructor
Dr. Angela McBrearty
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Professor of Flute and Performer

Dr. Angela Kinney McBrearty was appointed assistant professor of flute at Houghton College in 2008 where she also teaches classes in Instrumental Methods and Secondary Methods. As a performer, Dr. McBrearty plays in the AMA flute trio and the innovative Roan Trio which performs using multimedia and dance as part of the program. She also holds the position of instructor of flute at 171 Cedar Arts center in Corning, NY where she maintains a large flute studio from elementary age up through adults. Dr. McBrearty began the Crystal City Flute Choir in 2009.

Prior to joining the faculty at Houghton College, Dr. McBrearty was assistant professor of flute and music education at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. In this position, she served as supervisor of student teachers as well as taught classes in instrumental music education, flute choir, and curriculum development to graduate students. While at Mansfield, Dr. McBrearty began the Flutissimo flute event for high school students. This event was a masterclass and flute choir performance for the students in attendance. Dr. McBrearty was also adjunct professor of winds at Alfred University. Previously she was an instrumental music teacher in Roscoe, NY and in Newfield, NY where she taught high school band and choir.

Dr. McBrearty received her DMA in music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her dissertation addressed flute pedagogy as it pertains to the beginner flute. Previously, she earned her MM in flute performance from Binghamton University and an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Houghton College. Flute teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Georgetta Maiolo, and Lois Wilt. She has also performed for Thomas Nyfenger.

As a performer, Dr. McBrearty served as principal flute with the Williamsport Symphony orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She is also founder/conductor of the Crystal City Flute Choir which frequently performs in the Central New York region.

Dr. McBrearty has given workshops on flute technique and instrumental education at music education conferences in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Clinics have included the music learning theory, teaching improvisation in baroque flute solos, beginner flute technique, and building a flute choir in the high school. She also presented at the National Flute Association conference in Dallas Texas presenting on flute technique through the use of etudes. Articles published have appeared in Flute Talk and PMEA News.