Learn to Play the Flute: Beginner Basics to Intermediate
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Learn to Play the Flute: Beginner Basics to Intermediate

Learning to play the flute is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge. Let MusicProfessor help!
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Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 138 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
Requirements
  • Working Flute
Description

|| COURSE DESCRIPTION ||

Learning to play the flute is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge. 

That's where MusicProfessor can help you make the most of your practice. Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. Master all of the techniques necessary to become a great flutist. On the way, you'll also learn music theory and musicianship skills. 

And save money while you study with us! Private lessons are expensive. Each MusicProfessor Flute course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience.

Join over 1200 students and begin your studies today!


|| COURSE FEATURES ||

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

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 18,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum. 


|| NOTABLE REVIEWS ||

“I think the instructor is excellent. Great presentation and sense of humor during the lessons.”

    -Ted Petit

“I love the warm, friendly presentation style of the teacher.”

    -Clare Lynch

“The lessons are taught with patience, humor and considerable knowledge. This brings confidence to the student and in my case makes feel at ease with the course and the instrument. The detailed explanations and friendly tone gives the feeling of one on one student/ teacher relationship. Though I am only part into the course it has introduce vital techniques that will be the foundation to correct flute playing. Thank you!”

    -Paul Ward


|| A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT TRADITIONAL WOODEN FLUTES ||

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.


|| THE INSTRUCTOR ||

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. 

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.

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Who this course is for:
  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult Learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher
Course content
Expand all 108 lectures 05:46:29
+ Flute Basics
7 lectures 51:13
Here we'll introduce the concepts to be learned in the first section.
Preview 00:21
Learn about the various parts of the flute.
Parts of the Instrument
11:51
Learn how to correctly inhale and exhale as well as how to form a correct flute embouchure.
Air and Embouchure
15:40
Learn how to hold the head joint while placing your embouchure on the instrument.
Preview 08:52
Begin practicing making noise on the flute, specifically on the head joint.
Exercise 1.1 - Head Joint Exercises
04:23
Let's expand on the head joint exercises we've been working on.
Exercise 1.2 - Head Joint Exercises
06:24
Finally, let's make our head joint exercises just slightly more difficult.
Exercise 1.3 - Head Joint Exercises
03:42
+ The Head Joint
14 lectures 35:09
Here we'll introduce the concepts we'll cover in Section 2.
Introduction
00:38
Let's begin by reviewing some of the concepts we learned in the previous section, including holding and making sound on the head joint.
Recap
05:07
Pulse
05:23
Exercise 1.1 - Counting
03:42
Exercise 1.2 - Counting
01:42
Exercise 1.3 - Counting
01:06
Learn how to change your air and embouchure to make register changes on the flute.
Preview 03:14
Staff
01:54
Exercise 2.1 - Register and Rhythm
03:25
Exercise 2.2 - Register and Rhythm
01:40
Exercise 2.3 - Register and Rhythm
01:24
Now's the time to put into practice everything we've learned thus far. See if you can hang on!
Exercise 3.1 - Super Flutist
02:39
Exercise 4.1 - Super Flute
01:59
Exercise 4.2 - Super Flute
01:16
+ Playing the Flute
18 lectures 57:54
Here we'll introduce the concepts we'll cover in Section 3.
Introduction
00:37
Recap
03:59
Exercise 1.1 - 3/4 Time
02:25
Exercise 1.2 - 3/4 Time
00:53
Exercise 1.3 - 3/4 Time
01:13
Now, we're finally ready to put together the entire flute!
Putting it Together
05:55
Learn how to correctly stand while playing the flute.
Playing Position
07:13
Using stickers provides a quick, simple trick for accurately lining up the different flute joints.
Preview 01:41
Learn how to correctly sit and adjust your body while playing flute from a seated position.
Sitting Position
02:31
Notes B, A, G
10:21
Exercise 2.1 - Half and Whole Rests
02:24
Exercise 2.2 - Half and Whole Rests
01:49
Exercise 2.3 - Half and Whole Rests
01:58
Exercise 2.4 - Half and Whole Rests
00:39
Melody 1.1 - 'Buns'
03:18
Melody 2.1 - 'Lamb'
03:11
Melody 3.1 - Skipping Around - Quarter Rests
00:39
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.
Taking it Apart
07:08
+ Octaves
11 lectures 25:24
Here we'll introduce the concepts covered in Section 4.
Introduction
00:27
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.
Recap
03:16
Note C
03:48
Exercise 1.1 - Sea of C
01:18
Exercise 2.1 - B 2 C
01:10
Exercise 3.1 - 'Easy as ABC' - Dotted Half Notes
01:26
Exercise 4.1 - Trills
03:45
We've already practiced register changes in Section 2. Now let's put those techniques to use by learning to play Octaves.
Octaves
04:32
Learn how to read notes above and below the staff.
Ledger Lines
01:44
Exercise 5.1 - Octaves
00:51
Melody 1.1 - Soaring - Dotted Half Rests
03:07
+ First Melodies
10 lectures 27:41
Here we'll introduce the concepts to be covered in Section 5.
Introduction
00:32
Let's begin by reviewing the many topics we covered in Section 4, including octaves and multiple rhythms.
Recap
02:01
Notes F, E, and Bb
08:58
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know scales
02:57
Exercise 2.1 - Eighth Notes
03:22
Learn about Key Signatures, what they mean to music, and how to read them.
Key Signatures
00:53
Exercise 3.1 - No Buns Sold
02:42
Melody 1.1 - Lightly Row
01:58
Melody 2.1 - Ode to Joy
00:50
Melody 3.1 - Polly Wolly - Pickup Notes
03:28
+ Major Scales
11 lectures 36:08
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.
Introduction
00:35
Recap
01:59
Let's begin this lesson by learning a new note, D.
Note D
05:05
Let's practice our new note by moving back and forth from D to E.
Exercise 1.1 - D to E
03:14
Let's continue practicing our new note by moving back and forth from C to D.
Exercise 1.2 - C to D
02:39
Here's one of our favorite exercises; useful for any wind or string player. Learn how to strengthen your fingers, build coordination, and dexterity.
Preview 07:40
Exercise 2.1 - Hot Cross Buns 'High Sales'
01:19
F-Major Scale
02:47
Melody 1.1 - Twinkle
01:27
Melody 2.1 - Go Tell Aunt Rhodie
03:41
Melody 3.1 - Moon Over Ruined Castle - Dotted Quarter + Eighth
05:42
+ Expanding Range
12 lectures 36:10
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.
Introduction
00:26
Recap
01:59
Note Eb
03:27
Let's practice our new note, Eb, by shifting between octaves.
Exercise 1.1 - Low Eb to High Eb
05:24
Exercise 2.1 - Slurring
06:29
Bb-Major Scale
03:06
C-Major Scale
04:02
Melody 1.1 - Los Pollitos - Repeat Sign
02:22
Melody 2.1 - Shepherds Hay
03:35
Melody 3.1 - Hsiao
02:43
Melody 4.1 - Spring
01:45
Melody 5.1 - New World
00:52
+ New Techniques
11 lectures 30:52
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.
Introduction
00:26
Let's begin by reviewing some of the topics we covered in the previous lesson.
Recap
02:07
Note Ab
02:35
Note F#
02:07
Let's spend some time getting familiar with one of our new notes, Ab.
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know Ab
03:37
Let's turn our attention now to our other new note, F#.
Exercise 1.2 - Getting to know F#
03:07
Eb-Major Scale
02:22
G-Major Scale - Flutter Tonguing
06:01
Melody 1.1 - London Bridge
03:16
Melody 2.1 - Alouette
03:08
Melody 3.1 - My Country
02:06
+ Enharmonics
13 lectures 45:20
Here we'll introduce the many topics we're going to cover in this lesson, including a crucial music theory topic called Enharmonics.
Introduction
00:30
Let's begin by reviewing some of the things we covered in the previous lesson, including multiple new Major scales.
Recap
05:52
Exercise 1.1 - Note High D - Harmonics
10:34
Note C#
03:46
Learn about an important element of music theory called Enharmonics.
Enharmonics
00:54
Let's spend some time getting familiar with out new note, C#.
Exercise 2.1 - Getting to know C#
03:59
D-Major Scale
04:38
Let's spend some time troubleshooting what can be a really tricky note, C#.
Troubleshooting C#
02:52
Ab-Major Scale
03:33
Melody 1.1 - Aura Lee
03:04
Melody 1.2 - Aura Lee
03:09
Melody 2.1 - Santa Lucia
01:18
Melody 3.1 - Saints
01:11
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 00:38
Thank you for participating in MusicProfessor's Beginning Flute course. We hope you've learned a ton! To continue your flute education, we hope you'll consider purchasing our intermediate Flute course, MusicProfessor' Beyond Beginner for Flute, found here on Udemy. Thanks again!
Wrapping Up
00:38