Beginning Flute

Practice for the winter concert on January 24, 2018 with a special playlist:

Find a link to the songs in the red method book as mp3 files for free to download and practice with at home here: Beginning Band Practice Files

Awesome flute recording of “Hot Cross Buns”

Want to practice with some fun background tracks?

Find a link to the songs in the red method book as mp3 files for free to download and practice with at home here: Beginning Band Practice Files

Or play them on youtube:

Week Three Instrumental-

Flutes, play along with these two versions of “Hot Cross Buns” and “Mary Had  a Little Lamb” using the notes “G”, “A”, and “B”. Just click the play triangle button or the square button to open it in a new window:

Week Two Instrumental

Since I was sick on Wednesday, watch this short lesson video:

And download a practice sheet here: FLUTE WEEK 2 PRACTICE SHEET


Dear Parents and Students-

I’m excited that you are starting an instrument here at Fairmount Park! This is our first week of lessons and I want you to understand the following principles that will help you progress on your instrument:

  1. Plan time this week when you will practice by using the table below. By scheduling a daily practice time, just like you do for your homework, sports events and other activities, you can prepare yourself to actually do it!
  2. Find a practice space that is free of distractions, is well lit and use a chair that will give you the correct posture for your instrument.
  3. Practice for brief periods of time (10-15 minutes) every day. This will get you into a routine and avoid tired muscles, especially in the beginning.
  4. Be patient with yourself if you don’t get a certain skill right the first time.
  5. Record your practice time on the sheet I passed out in class. Have your parents initial the column when you are done and return the sheet to Mr. Pendergrass at your next lesson.

*If you practice twice in one day, put a / in the box with a new time, minutes and skills practiced.

Flute Practice. Put the number of the skill you practiced in the column above labeled “SKILL PRACTICED.” Do skills 1-7 each time you practice and and at least five of the skills numbered 9-12 at each daily practice session. Remember to try and imitate what we did in class by listening and paying attention to the sound your instrument makes. Repetition is the key to success. You should be able to show me the skills on the back of this page you have practiced at our next lesson on October 4.

*means you must do this every time you practice

  1. *Point to and name the parts of your instrument out loud.
  2. *Take out the head joint.
  3. *Point the open end that attaches to the body of the flute to your right. Hold the end cap with your left hand.
  4. *Bring the embouchure plate and hole to your bottom lip.
  5. *User your ride hand to cover the open end.
  6. *Blow a sound on the head joint. Remember: pouty face or saying silently “pretty” will get your lips in the proper position.
  7. *Make long tones or sounds on the head joint.

Do at least 5 of the following at your practice session and watch this video:


  1. Blow a 4 count lip buzz without putting your lips on the mouthpiece. Rest for 4 counts. Buzz for four counts. Breath should be from your belly: warm fast air that fogs up the mirror.
  2. Do #9 again, but this time say “Tah-ah-ah-ah” for four counts. Note where your tongue goes as you say and release Tah.
  3. Carefully put your flute together without the head joint. Make sure you line up the foot joint properly.
  4. Hold the flute in recorder position with your LEFT HAND on top.
  5. Cover the proper keys avoiding the ones Mr. Pendergrass covered. Don’t touch the penguins!
  6. Flumpet the note G- while buzzing into the open end of your flute. Stat in recorder position; don’t touch the penguins.
  7. Now go find a mirror. Put your head joint on the flute. Stay in recorder position with your LEFT HAND ON TOP.
  8. While watching in front of the mirror, starting in recorder position, slowly raise your right arm until the flute is at a 90 degree angle to your body and parallel to the floor. Stop. Look. Note this position. This is the proper flute position.
  9. Don’t try and play a note yet. Go back and repeat #15 five or more times. When you are in flute position in front of the mirror, hold that position for as long as you can until you get tired and lose the 90 degree angle. Stop. Rest. Do it again. Build those muscles.
  10. It’s important that you 15 and 16 until it is a natural feeling. **At first it will feel weird, but if you don’t start in recorder position your hands will be holding the flute wrong.
  11. Show a parent the proper way to put together your flute as if you were the teacher giving a demonstration.



 Some great flute instruction videos you should check out: