Learn to Play the Flute: Beginner to Pro in Under Five Hours

Master the art of Flute! Cover a year's worth of private lessons in just a few hours and at a fraction of the cost.
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  • Lectures 108
  • Length 7 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description


Flute is an extremely fun instrument to play, and MusicProfessor's comprehensive curriculum will help you get the most out of your learning. Master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great flutist (yes, we said flutist, not flautist).

Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. On the way, you'll also learn basic music theory and musicianship skills.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr. Factor in driving time and expenses and you realize just how costly lessons can be. Each MusicProfessor Flute course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, each course is taught by an industry leading instructor!


  • Over 100 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music for each lesson
  • Animated fingering charts
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Flute-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Music Theory basics, including how to read music
  • Flute equipment recommendations

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. No where else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum, and, best of all, your purchase is backed by Udemy’s 30-day guarantee.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


If you are looking for instruction on how to play traditional wooden flutes, please know that our course is intended solely for classical Western type flutes. Wooden flutes can vary greatly in tuning and fingering which means it's likely that all of our content will sound totally different than what you're producing on a wooden flute. However, you can also learn a ton of important foundational flute elements from our Beginning Flute course. With that in mind, please proceed with caution.


“You may think learning an instrument is hard. But when you come to Music Professor they dumb it down to the bare bones, and then start adding the muscle.”


“With cuts to arts ed, it's great to find a resource that's easy to access and can help fill the void. Great idea and solid course.”

-B. Cook


Lisa Garner Santa currently serves as Artist-Performer and Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University where she enjoys a diverse career as teacher, recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Performance highlights include the world premiere of Mike Mowers Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble and a Carnegie Hall debut recital featuring Chamber Works for Flute.


Rver en Couleur (Dreaming in Color): French Music for Solo Flute and Piano, presented in collaboration with Gabriel Sanchez, is her most recent CD release on MSR Classics.

I am quite taken [with this disc]...It is all magnificent music, played with finesse. The flutist has the kind of tone I prefer - rich, colorful, perfectly in control, and always in tune. Her phrasing is all well-shaped and thoughtful, just what this elegant music deserves. Sanchez is an equal partner. [Garner Santa] is a truly remarkable artist with dazzling musical ability. Flutists and non-flutists alike should find this wonderful disc. I look forward to hearing more from this duo.

- American Record Guide

Her 2004 CD release ofFrom Noon to Starry Night, a compilation of 20th Century chamber works for flute and piano (with TTU Faculty, Lora Deahl, piano), has also received outstanding reviews.

The title track (From Noon to Starry Night by Matthew Santa)...is a wonderful addition to the flute repertoire...Garners colors, vibrato use, and interpretations are excellent. This interesting, well-produced CD should be in every flutists record collection.

- Flute Talk

gorgeous - flat-out gorgeous...a true artist. It serves me and All the Words EXTREMELY well.

- Dan Welcher, Composer


As an active member of theNational Flute Association, Dr. Garner Santa recently served as Program Chair for the 2011 convention in Charlotte, NC, and continues to serve as a member of the NFA Executive Committee. She has been a featured performer at the Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, Kansas City, and Las Vegas conventions as well as an adjudicator and/or coordinator for many NFA events and competitions including the High School Soloist Competition, the NFA Newly Published Music Competition, the NFA Professional Flute Choir Competition, and as the NFA General Competitions Coordinator.

As a pedagogue, Lisa Garner Santa presents masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. Recent international exchanges include masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London, England and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Presentations and performances at various regional and national conventions include invitations from theTexas Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, and theCollege Music Society. Her research and pedagogical articles are frequently published in The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and The Instrumentalist.

In recognition of her creative teaching, she was awarded the Texas Tech Big 12 Fellowship as well as the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award and is also an elected member of Texas Tech University’s prestigious Teaching Academy.

With co-authors Matthew Santa and Thomas Hughes, Lisa Garner Santa developed theFlute/Theory Workout, a method that efficiently introduces full-range scalar and chordal flute technique while introducing music theory fundamentals at the same time. The Workout, which comes with an entertaining accompaniment CD, is available throughCarolyn Nussbaum Music Co., and Flute World.

Dr. Garner Santa holds performance degrees from West Texas State University, Florida State University, and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her teachers to whom she is eternally grateful include Carol Wincenc, Charles DeLaney, Sally Turk, Helen Blackburn.

In addition to her active role as a flutist, Lisa Garner Santa is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and member of theYoga Alliance. She teaches Yoga for Musicians at the TTU School of Music and Kripalu Yoga classes at various locations throughout Lubbock.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor.com, an online music education company.

What are the requirements?

  • Working Flute

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Assemble and care for a flute
  • Form a correct, strong flute embouchure
  • Read and interpret music notation
  • Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
  • Perform multiple Major scales
  • Recognize and play nearly every note on the flute

Who is the target audience?

  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult Learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Flute Basics
Here we'll introduce the concepts to be learned in the first section.
Learn about the various parts of the flute.
Learn how to correctly inhale and exhale as well as how to form a correct flute embouchure.
Learn how to hold the head joint while placing your embouchure on the instrument.
Begin practicing making noise on the flute, specifically on the head joint.
Let's expand on the head joint exercises we've been working on.
Finally, let's make our head joint exercises just slightly more difficult.
Section 2: The Head Joint
Here we'll introduce the concepts we'll cover in Section 2.
Let's begin by reviewing some of the concepts we learned in the previous section, including holding and making sound on the head joint.
Exercise 1.1 - Counting
Exercise 1.2 - Counting
Exercise 1.3 - Counting
Learn how to change your air and embouchure to make register changes on the flute.
Exercise 2.1 - Register and Rhythm
Exercise 2.2 - Register and Rhythm
Exercise 2.3 - Register and Rhythm
Now's the time to put into practice everything we've learned thus far. See if you can hang on!
Exercise 4.1 - Super Flute
Exercise 4.2 - Super Flute
Section 3: Playing the Flute
Here we'll introduce the concepts we'll cover in Section 3.
Exercise 1.1 - 3/4 Time
Exercise 1.2 - 3/4 Time
Exercise 1.3 - 3/4 Time
Now, we're finally ready to put together the entire flute!
Learn how to correctly stand while playing the flute.
Using stickers provides a quick, simple trick for accurately lining up the different flute joints.
Learn how to correctly sit and adjust your body while playing flute from a seated position.
Notes B, A, G
Exercise 2.1 - Half and Whole Rests
Exercise 2.2 - Half and Whole Rests
Exercise 2.3 - Half and Whole Rests
Exercise 2.4 - Half and Whole Rests
Melody 1.1 - 'Buns'
Melody 2.1 - 'Lamb'
Melody 3.1 - Skipping Around - Quarter Rests
Now that you can assemble the flute, you'll also need to know how to correctly, and safely, take it apart and put it back in it's case. Let's cover that now.
Section 4: Octaves
Here we'll introduce the concepts covered in Section 4.
Let's begin by reviewing the different elements we learned in Section 3, including Whole, Half, and Quarter Rests, and the notes B, A, and G.
Note C
Exercise 1.1 - Sea of C
Exercise 2.1 - B 2 C
Exercise 3.1 - 'Easy as ABC' - Dotted Half Notes
Exercise 4.1 - Trills
We've already practiced register changes in Section 2. Now let's put those techniques to use by learning to play Octaves.
Learn how to read notes above and below the staff.
Exercise 5.1 - Octaves
Melody 1.1 - Soaring - Dotted Half Rests
Section 5: First Melodies
Here we'll introduce the concepts to be covered in Section 5.
Let's begin by reviewing the many topics we covered in Section 4, including octaves and multiple rhythms.
Notes F, E, and Bb
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know scales
Exercise 2.1 - Eighth Notes
Learn about Key Signatures, what they mean to music, and how to read them.
Exercise 3.1 - No Buns Sold
Melody 1.1 - Lightly Row
Melody 2.1 - Ode to Joy
Melody 3.1 - Polly Wolly - Pickup Notes
Section 6: Major Scales
Here we'll introduce the various topics we'll cover in this section, including the new note D, some fun finger strengthening exercises, and a bunch of new melodies.
Let's begin this lesson by learning a new note, D.
Let's practice our new note by moving back and forth from D to E.
Let's continue practicing our new note by moving back and forth from C to D.
Here's one of our favorite exercises; useful for any wind or string player. Learn how to strengthen your fingers, build coordination, and dexterity.
Exercise 2.1 - Hot Cross Buns 'High Sales'
F-Major Scale
Melody 1.1 - Twinkle
Melody 2.1 - Go Tell Aunt Rhodie
Melody 3.1 - Moon Over Ruined Castle - Dotted Quarter + Eighth
Section 7: Expanding Range
Here we'll introduce the various topics to be covered in this section, including two new Major scales, Bb and C, a new articulation called 'Slurring,' and and multiple melodies.
Note Eb
Let's practice our new note, Eb, by shifting between octaves.
Exercise 2.1 - Slurring
Bb-Major Scale
C-Major Scale
Melody 1.1 - Los Pollitos - Repeat Sign
Melody 2.1 - Shepherds Hay
Melody 3.1 - Hsiao
Melody 4.1 - Spring
Melody 5.1 - New World
Section 8: New Techniques
Here we'll cover the various topics to be covered in this lesson, including new notes, new Major scales, and most importantly, a new articulation called Flutter Tonguing.
Let's begin by reviewing some of the topics we covered in the previous lesson.
Note Ab
Note F#
Let's spend some time getting familiar with one of our new notes, Ab.
Let's turn our attention now to our other new note, F#.
Eb-Major Scale
G-Major Scale - Flutter Tonguing
Melody 1.1 - London Bridge

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