Articles on this site for college/university flutists
What level of flute playing do I need to achieve for University Performance programmes?
- Chart of flute playing levels comparing Canadian, UK, Fluteworld and NFA flute levels. University students want to be at a grade 9, 10 or ARCT level.
I need tips on practicing flute at the advanced levels of flute playing:
- Intensive Summer Practicing by Jonathan Brahms. A student's question about how to produce a great deal of flute work over the summer. (reprinted here with author's permission.)
- Flute related reading list A great summer reading list, or great flute books. Also a list of advanced method books for flute practicing with description of each book.
How do I train myself to perform well as a soloist or ensemble member?
- Ensemble Deportment How does one best behave in a rehearsing ensemble in order to get invited back again?
Advice from the Flute Experts
- James Galway's masterclass; embouchure exercise to avoid "smiley embouchure" and to allow flexibility of lower and upper lips. Also full report and links to sound files of this class.
Wow, I didn't know that about the flute!
If you ever lead a band class, you may have to answer these questions from younger players:
- Best flute equipment stands, metronomes, tuners, swabs, flutes by brandname, music folders, dictionary, etc.
- What level is my flute playing at? A chart that compares Canadian Conservatory grades, Fluteworld sheetmusic levels, British Flute Exams, National Flute Association Repertoire Levels, and tells you what skills are being learned at each level.
- Do I need a gold flute? Article on how the gold-silver-platinum debate will be endless at least for a while longer.
Where do I find great flute related stuff on the internet?
Flute and Piccolo fingering charts online for printing, including alternate fingering charts, trills and tremelos
Fluteworld - a store in U.S. that has a fabulously complete catalogue of flutes, sheetmusic, CDs and accessories.Have a catalogue sent out to you.
- Desert Island Flute CDs Ten of Jen's favourite flute CDs and links to many more.
Teaching the Flute