Links and Books
Helpful links for students and parents, and highly recommended books at the bottom!
Honor Bands, Youth Symphonies, and Festivals:
AZ Solo and Ensemble Festival – 1st Tier in November, 2nd Tier (State) in January
Sign up with your band director!
Arizona Flute Society Festival – Late March/Early April
Participate in competitions by age (Debut, Junior, Senior, Young Artist) or perform for comments in the festival!
The Virtual Flute for flute fingerings
FluteTunes.com (lots of free music, convenient sightreading material)
Stretches Before Practicing (do these to improve your sound!)
Comprehensive Guide on How to Practice (read this one first!)
Music Tutor App for beginner note recognition
International Music Score Library Project (TONS of scores, everything that’s copyright has expired)
Flute Tunes (all kinds of free flute music, all ranked by difficulty)
Naxos Records ($20/year and you can listen to pieces that often aren’t on Amazon and Youtube. College students: most colleges pay for free access for students!)
KBAQ 89.5 (Phoenix classical music station)
Ask your teacher for recommendations, or check out the list below for some talented flutists to listen to!
Other Great Links!
Motivate your Child to Practice using goals, not guilt
Parents’ Top 5 Questions about music lessons for kids
6 Ways Music Lessons Benefit Students in life outside of music
How My Parents Gave Me the Gift of Classical Music by Greta Hallberg
Music Theory Practice
EarMaster Pro (Music Theory and Ear Training Software)
Music and Flute Supplies
Flute Organizations and Publications
The Flutist Quarterly, Journal of the National Flute Association
Pan, Journal of the British Flute Society
Venture to Adventure Advice (Trying New Techniques):
The Importance of Exercise for Wind Musicians:
Don’t be fooled, your whole body plays a part in producing sound on an instrument! Many stretches for musicians only include hands, arms, and shoulders. These are crucial areas to stretch, but tension or stiffness in other parts of your body tense can have a big effect on your playing, too! If you’ve got an extra couple minutes, stretch your whole body before you warm up. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Power Poses by Stephanie Hoeckley
Alexander Technique is a method used to create natural posture and movement. It helps prevent injury, and allows musicians to play longer and more effectively. Check out these resources to improve your playing with the Alexander Technique!
Highly Recommended Books:
- The Flute Book, 3rd ed. – Nancy Toff
- On Playing the Flute – Joachim Quantz
- The Simple Flute – Michel Debost
- The Flute – Ardal Powell
Performance and Psychology:
- Performance Success – Michael Greene
- Audition Success – Michael Greene
- Coaching the Artist Within – Eric Maisel
- The Art of Practicing – Madeline Bruser
- Practiceopedia – Philip Johnston
- The Musician’s Way – Gerald Klickstein
- The Power of Full Engagement – Jim Loehr
- The Power of Story – Jim Loehr
- Bulletproof Musician Online Performance Psychology Blog
- The Complete Guide to the Flute and Piccolo: (acoustics, construction, maintenance) – James Phelan
- Great Jobs for Music Majors – Jan Goldberg
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