Master Flute Playing: Intermediate Instruction Made Simple!
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Master Flute Playing: Intermediate Instruction Made Simple!

Move beyond beginner with MusicProfessor's intermediate Flute course. A year's worth of lessons in just a few hours!
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  • 131 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Play the full, natural range of the flute
  • Flutter tongue
  • Interpret when, where, and how to use vibrato
  • Play for longer periods without fatigue thanks to numerous strength-building exericses
  • Interpret dynamic markings
  • Play expressively with phrasing, dynamics, and vibrato
  • Read complex rhythms and meters like 6/8 and Cut Time
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  • Working Flute
  • Rudimentary knowledge of music theory and notation


Pick up where MusicProfessor's Beginner Flute course leaves off, adding more complex rhythms, scales and tone exercises to your repertoire.

Flute is a challenging, but extremely fun instrument to play, and MusicProfessor's intermediate 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). On the way, you'll also learn useful music theory and musicianship skills. Plus, sheet music is available for each lesson.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr, and as you improve, unfortunately, so does the cost of lessons. 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 instruction, 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
  • Multiple warm-up techniques
  • A guide to flutter tonguing
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Flute-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • An extended look into how to produce and implement vibrato
  • Advanced Music Theory topics, including how to interpret phrasing and dynamics
  • 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!


“Lisa (flute), with her sense of humor, enthusiasm and at the same time, maintaining professionalism, keeps it interesting!"


" I struggle with going flat the softer I get on higher notes, so I opened up Music Professor and sure enough they had a lesson to help me with my problem. I highly recommend that you use Music Professor if you are having any types of problems on your instrument."

-E. Doctor


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) 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.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Adult Learner
  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher
  • Intermediate Players
Compare to Other Flute Courses
Curriculum For This Course
100 Lectures
12 Lectures 52:44
Let's pick up where we left off from MusicProfessor's A Beginner's Guide Flute course. Here, we'll discuss the topics to be covered in this section, including a few new notes, multiple new Major scales, a new type of scale called the Chromatic scale, and most importantly, a new technique called Vibrato.
Preview 00:21

Let's begin by reviewing some of the topics we covered in the final lesson of MusicProfessor's A Beginner's Guide Flute course, including Enharmonic notes and the Harmonic register.

Learn a new note, Bb.
Note Bb

Let's spend some time getting used to your new note, Bb.
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know Bb

Chromatic Scale

A-Major Scale

E-Major Scale

Exercise 2.1 - Vibrato - Measured A

Exercise 2.2 - Vibrato - Measured B

Now let's begin putting vibrato into musical context by taking out the 'measured' element.
Exercise 2.3 - Vibrato - Unmeasured A

Finally, let's wrap up our discussion of vibrato with another unmeasured exercise.
Exercise 2.4 - Vibrato - Unmeasured B

Melody 1.1 - Scarborough Fair
16th Notes
13 Lectures 39:36
Here we'll discuss the many different topics to be covered in this section, including new notes that will require lots of pinky strength and dexterity building, adding to our scale library, and a new rhythmic element, 16th notes.

Let's begin by reviewing what we covered in the previous Section, including new scales and Vibrato.

Notes Db, C

Our new notes, Db and C, require a lot of pinky dexterity. Let's spend some time getting used to employing our pinkies.
Preview 02:55

B-Major Scale

Db-Major Scale

C-Major Scale, Two Octaves

Chromatic Scale, Two Octaves

Exercise 2.1 - 16th Notes

Exercise 2.2 - Counting 16th Notes

Melody 1.1 - A Finnish Theme

Melody 2.1 - A French Theme

Melody 3.1 - A Texan Theme
Major Scale Milestone
12 Lectures 26:47
Here we'll discuss the multiple topics to be covered in this section, including a new high note, more new scales, and a new variation of the 16th note rhythm.


Note High Eb

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with your new note, Eb.
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know Eb

Eb-Major Scale

Gb-Major Scale

F#-Major Scale

Exercise 2.1 - Dotted Eighth + Sixteenth Notes

Melody 1.1 - Langsam

Melody 1.2 - Langsam

Melody 2.1 - John Peel

Melody 3.1 - Overture to L'arlesienne
9 Lectures 23:26
Here we'll discuss the various elements to be covered in this section, including a couple of new high notes, E and F, adding to our two-octave Major scales, and further exploration of 16th note variations.

Let's begin by reviewing some of the topics we covered in the previous lesson, notably the dotted 8th plus 16th rhythm.

Notes High E, F

F-Major Scale

E-Major Scale

Let's extend our two-octave Chromatic scale to reach the highest notes we've learned thus far.
Chromatic Scale - Two Octaves

Melody 1.1 - Simple Gifts

Melody 2.1 - Hallelujah Chorus - Eighth Rests

Melody 3.1 - March - Sixteenth Rests and Accidentals
8 Lectures 33:12
Here we'll discuss the various elements to be covered in this lesson, including two new high notes, F# and G, as well as their respective two octave Major scales, and a new rhythmic concept called Syncopation. Let's get started!

Let's begin by reviewing what we covered in the previous section.

Notes High F#, G

Gb, F#-Major Scale

G-Major Scale

Melody 1.1 - Yellow Rose - Syncopation

Melody 2.1 - Joplin Rag

Melody 3.1 - Minuet
13 Lectures 36:30
Here we'll discuss the many new topics we're going to learn in this section, including more new high notes and two-octave Major scales as well as a new, extremely important musical element called Dynamics.


Notes High G#, A

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with your newly learned high notes, G#/Ab and A.
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know High G# and A

Ab-Major Scale

A-Major Scale

Exercise 2.1 - Dynamics

Continue learning about and practicing Dynamics.
Exercise 2.2 - Dynamics

Melody 1.1 - Theme from Mendohlsson's 3rd

Melody 2.1 - Saints

Melody 3.1 - Simple Gifts

Melody 4.1 - A Schumann Melody

Finally, let's discuss some of the difficulties of playing with braces and some remedies.
Preview 02:37
Compound Meter
10 Lectures 30:57
Here we'll discuss the many new topics to be covered in this Section, including additional high notes and Major scales, why it's important to play in tune and how to do so, and even a new type of meter, or time signature, called Compound Meter.


Note High Bb

Bb-Major Scale

Learn about a crucial musical term called Intonation, and why it's important to play in tune.

Let's spend some time learning how to adjust and correct intonation on the Flute.
Preview 09:08

Learn about a new meter that's completely different than 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 called Compound Meter.
Exercise 2.1 - Compound Meter

Melody 1.1 - Devienne's Presto

Melody 2.1 - A French Folk Song

Melody 3.1 - A German Folk Song
Continued Compound Meter
11 Lectures 24:24
Here we'll introduce the various concepts to be covered in this Section, including some of our final notes and scales as well as expanding our knowledge of Compound Meter.

Let's begin by reviewing Compound Meter which we began studying in the previous Section.

Note High B

Let's spend some time getting comfortable with High B.
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know High B

B-Major Scale, Two Octaves

Let's expand our knowledge of Compound Meter by learning some rhythmic variations you'll encounter quite often.
Preview 03:54

Melody 1.1 - Canadian Folk Song

Melody 2.1 - Susato Dance

But wait, there's more. Let's learn some additional Compound Meter variations!
Exercise 2.2 - More Rhythms in Compound Meter

Melody 3.1 - The Cold Winter

Learn about an embouchure type, the Teardrop, that can cause problems for many flute players, especially when it comes to developing better tone.
Preview 03:51
Extended Technique
11 Lectures 31:47
Here we'll introduce some of the topics to be covered in this lesson, including our final high note, High C, multiple 3-octave scales, some alternate fingerings for our new hight notes, and some great methods for helping you sound better and play faster.


Note C - 4th Octave

Spend some time mastering and troubleshooting your new high note, High C.
Preview 07:47

C-Major Scale, Three Octaves

Chromatic Scale - Three Octaves

Many times, you'll need to employ some alternate fingerings for notes in the highest register. Learn a handful of these fingerings in this brief section.
Alternate Fingerings for the Third Octave

Melody 1.1 - Der Freischutz

Melody 2.1 - Prince Igor

Melody 3.1 - Entract

Let's conclude our series by learning a few exercises aimed at making us stronger, faster players with better tone.
Preview 05:28
1 Lecture 00:28
Thank you for participating in MusicProfessor’s Beyond Beginner, intermediate Flute course. We hope you enjoyed studying with us, and wish you the best of luck as you continue mastering the Flute. We have a number of other courses available, including additional Flute-specific content, and hope that you’ll consider enrolling in more MusicProfessor courses in the future.
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