What do I need for flute lessons?
These materials are essential for flute lessons to get the most out of your experience. (Click on the underlined links to purchase - if the item is unavailable, you can copy and paste the item title into Google).
Flute in working condition
Playing on an instrument with even a minor problem is not a productive use of time and can be very frustrating. Bring your flute to a repair person yearly and take it in immediately if you notice any problems.
A solid music stand can make practicing much less frustrating and more productive than using a flimsy wire stand. Avoid practicing with music sitting flat on a table or desk: this will encourage poor posture and create tension in the neck from looking down, which will make it harder to breathe properly.
The flute needs to be swabbed out with the cleaning rod and inner swab after every time the flute is played. This will keep the pads dry which can prevent them from tearing or leaking (which will need to get repaired). Also use a polishing cloth on the outside of the flute to wipe away dirt, sweat, and oils.
Music can be found at your local music store, Flutistry, Flute World, Flute Center of New York, Sheet Music Plus, Amazon, etc. depending on what is assigned to you.
Here are some common books we use in the studio:
Taffanel and Gaubert 17 Daily Exercises
Melodious and Progressive Studies for the Flute
125 Easy Classical Studies for Flute
Trevor Wye Beginner's Book for the Flute Part 1
Trevor Wye Beginner's Book for the Flute Part 2
Other Music Supplies
Essential for the intermediate and advanced flutist! These apps can also be used: Pro Metronome, Tonal Energy.
Recommended for virtual lessons, especially for intermediate and advanced students. You will receive more accurate and quality feedback if you can be heard clearly.