Flute Curriculum



The following curriculum teaches you how to play flute.  Moreover, flute for beginners to advanced will develop a solid foundation from this guide.  First, Curriculum I contains mainstays of flute literature that are in the public domain – you don’t need to buy these.  We include links where available.  Second, Curriculum II contains excellent works that may only be available for sale at a music store or online.  This will guide you how to play flute through the most standard works.  You may Substitute as needed.  It is important to stick with studies once chosen and not jump around.  As always, work with a qualified teacher to help you travel through this curriculum.  

How to Practice

1. Set Your Intention

Be very clear about what you want to accomplish — and even more important, why.

Why is it important to work through a set of Andersen etudes and what do you expect to get out of each one? What part of your playing does it develop? Write down your reasons. The more specific you are, the more likely you will be to do it. It’s not just “I want to play more difficult music.” It’s “I commit to playing this set of etudes because it will improve my timing while advancing my fingering technique in a wide variety of situations.” To make your intention even stronger, share it with someone close to you.

2. Establish a Cue

This is what reminds you to start your practice. The most simple and reliable cue is a specific time. For instance, you decide you will play every evening from 7 to 9:00 p.m.

It can also be a floating cue: you will play an hour right after finishing your homework. To ensure that your good intentions don’t get overrun by other plans, carve out the time in advance. Write it into your calendar and don’t schedule anything else during that period.

3. Be Ready

Have a set place to play that is free from distractions. Make sure you have everything you need for your practice – your music, stand, cleaning cloths. That way you don’t have to waste your precious time hunting them down. Make it clear that you are not to be disturbed. If you have difficulty finding a place a home, your school may have practice rooms you can use. Offer to play at a local church in exchange for use of practice rooms. Be resourceful.

4. Practice

Have your written plan from number 1 and follow it.

5. Track Your Progress

Track your progress based on your plan. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall behind. You may need to spend an extra week on a difficult piece. Sometimes, it helps to take a break from a piece and come back to it. Just be sure you plan to return to that piece.

6. Pat Yourself On the Back

Bask in self satisfaction after you practice. Play something fun at the end of a good practice section even if it doesn’t fit your plan. Take yourself for coffee, ice cream…