Learn to Play the Flute Beginner Basics to Intermediate

Learning to play the flute is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge. Let MusicProfessor help!
Learn to Play the Flute Beginner Basics to Intermediate
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Last updated 7/2022



Learn to Play the Flute Beginner Basics to Intermediate

What you’ll learn

Assemble and care for a flute
Form a correct, strong flute embouchure
Read and interpret music notation
Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
Perform multiple Major scales
Recognize and play nearly every note on the flute

Learn to Play the Flute Beginner Basics to Intermediate


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Learning to play the flute is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge.

That’s where MusicProfessor can help you make the most of your practice. Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. Master all of the techniques necessary to become a great flutist. On the way, you’ll also learn music theory and musicianship skills.

And save money while you study with us! Private lessons are expensive. Each MusicProfessor Flute course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience.

Join over 1200 students and begin your studies today!


100+ video lessonsDownloadable sheet musicAnimated fingering chartsFlute-specific troubleshooting tips and adviceFlute equipment recommendations Dozens of melodies and songsTechnique-building exercisesMajor scales and scale exercisesMusic Theory basics, including how to read music

MusicProfessor’s curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 18,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor’s curriculum.


“I think the instructor is excellent. Great presentation and sense of humor during the lessons.”

-Ted Petit

“I love the warm, friendly presentation style of the teacher.”

-Clare Lynch
“The lessons are taught with patience, humor and considerable knowledge. This brings confidence to the student and in my case makes feel at ease with the course and the instrument. The detailed explanations and friendly tone gives the feeling of one on one student/ teacher relationship. Though I am only part into the course it has introduce vital techniques that will be the foundation to correct flute playing. Thank you!”

-Paul Ward


If you are looking for instruction on how to play traditional wooden flutes, please know that our course is intended solely for classical Western type flutes. Wooden flutes can vary greatly in tuning and fingering which means it’s likely that all of our content will sound totally different than what you’re producing on a wooden flute. However, you can also learn a ton of important foundational flute elements from our Beginning Flute course. With that in mind, please proceed with caution.


Lisa Garner Santa currently serves as Artist-Performer and Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University where she enjoys a diverse career as teacher, recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Performance highlights include the world premiere of Mike Mowers Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble and a Carnegie Hall debut recital featuring Chamber Works for Flute.

As an active member of theNational Flute Association, Dr. Garner Santa recently served as Program Chair for the 2011 convention in Charlotte, NC, and continues to serve as a member of the NFA Executive Committee. She has been a featured performer at the Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, Kansas City, and Las Vegas conventions as well as an adjudicator and/or coordinator for many NFA events and competitions including the High School Soloist Competition, the NFA Newly Published Music Competition, the NFA Professional Flute Choir Competition, and as the NFA General Competitions Coordinator.

As a pedagogue, Lisa Garner Santa presents masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. Recent international exchanges include masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London, England and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Presentations and performances at various regional and national conventions include invitations from theTexas Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, and theCollege Music Society. Her research and pedagogical articles are frequently published in The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and The Instrumentalist.

In recognition of her creative teaching, she was awarded the Texas Tech Big 12 Fellowship as well as the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award and is also an elected member of Texas Tech University’s prestigious Teaching Academy.

With co-authors Matthew Santa and Thomas Hughes, Lisa Garner Santa developed theFlute/Theory Workout, a method that efficiently introduces full-range scalar and chordal flute technique while introducing music theory fundamentals at the same time. The Workout, which comes with an entertaining accompaniment CD, is available throughCarolyn Nussbaum Music Co., and Flute World.

Dr. Garner Santa holds performance degrees from West Texas State University, Florida State University, and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her teachers to whom she is eternally grateful include Carol Wincenc, Charles DeLaney, Sally Turk, Helen Blackburn.

In addition to her active role as a flutist, Lisa Garner Santa is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and member of theYoga Alliance. She teaches Yoga for Musicians at the TTU School of Music and Kripalu Yoga classes at various locations throughout Lubbock.


Section 1: Flute Basics

Lecture 1 Introduction

Lecture 2 Parts of the Instrument

Lecture 3 Air and Embouchure

Lecture 4 Head Joint

Lecture 5 Exercise 1.1 – Head Joint Exercises

Lecture 6 Exercise 1.2 – Head Joint Exercises

Lecture 7 Exercise 1.3 – Head Joint Exercises

Section 2: The Head Joint

Lecture 8 Introduction

Lecture 9 Recap

Lecture 10 Pulse

Lecture 11 Exercise 1.1 – Counting

Lecture 12 Exercise 1.2 – Counting

Lecture 13 Exercise 1.3 – Counting

Lecture 14 Register Changes

Lecture 15 Staff

Lecture 16 Exercise 2.1 – Register and Rhythm

Lecture 17 Exercise 2.2 – Register and Rhythm

Lecture 18 Exercise 2.3 – Register and Rhythm

Lecture 19 Exercise 3.1 – Super Flutist

Lecture 20 Exercise 4.1 – Super Flute

Lecture 21 Exercise 4.2 – Super Flute

Section 3: Playing the Flute

Lecture 22 Introduction

Lecture 23 Recap

Lecture 24 Exercise 1.1 – 3/4 Time

Lecture 25 Exercise 1.2 – 3/4 Time

Lecture 26 Exercise 1.3 – 3/4 Time

Lecture 27 Putting it Together

Lecture 28 Playing Position

Lecture 29 Lining up the Head Joint (with stickers)

Lecture 30 Sitting Position

Lecture 31 Notes B, A, G

Lecture 32 Exercise 2.1 – Half and Whole Rests

Lecture 33 Exercise 2.2 – Half and Whole Rests

Lecture 34 Exercise 2.3 – Half and Whole Rests

Lecture 35 Exercise 2.4 – Half and Whole Rests

Lecture 36 Melody 1.1 – ‘Buns’

Lecture 37 Melody 2.1 – ‘Lamb’

Lecture 38 Melody 3.1 – Skipping Around – Quarter Rests

Lecture 39 Taking it Apart

Section 4: Octaves

Lecture 40 Introduction

Lecture 41 Recap

Lecture 42 Note C

Lecture 43 Exercise 1.1 – Sea of C

Lecture 44 Exercise 2.1 – B 2 C

Lecture 45 Exercise 3.1 – ‘Easy as ABC’ – Dotted Half Notes

Lecture 46 Exercise 4.1 – Trills

Lecture 47 Octaves

Lecture 48 Ledger Lines

Lecture 49 Exercise 5.1 – Octaves

Lecture 50 Melody 1.1 – Soaring – Dotted Half Rests

Section 5: First Melodies

Lecture 51 Introduction

Lecture 52 Recap

Lecture 53 Notes F, E, and Bb

Lecture 54 Exercise 1.1 – Getting to know scales

Lecture 55 Exercise 2.1 – Eighth Notes

Lecture 56 Key Signatures

Lecture 57 Exercise 3.1 – No Buns Sold

Lecture 58 Melody 1.1 – Lightly Row

Lecture 59 Melody 2.1 – Ode to Joy

Lecture 60 Melody 3.1 – Polly Wolly – Pickup Notes

Section 6: Major Scales

Lecture 61 Introduction

Lecture 62 Recap

Lecture 63 Note D

Lecture 64 Exercise 1.1 – D to E

Lecture 65 Exercise 1.2 – C to D

Lecture 66 Exercise 1.3 – Finger Exercises

Lecture 67 Exercise 2.1 – Hot Cross Buns ‘High Sales’

Lecture 68 F-Major Scale

Lecture 69 Melody 1.1 – Twinkle

Lecture 70 Melody 2.1 – Go Tell Aunt Rhodie

Lecture 71 Melody 3.1 – Moon Over Ruined Castle – Dotted Quarter + Eighth

Section 7: Expanding Range

Lecture 72 Introduction

Lecture 73 Recap

Lecture 74 Note Eb

Lecture 75 Exercise 1.1 – Low Eb to High Eb

Lecture 76 Exercise 2.1 – Slurring

Lecture 77 Bb-Major Scale

Lecture 78 C-Major Scale

Lecture 79 Melody 1.1 – Los Pollitos – Repeat Sign

Lecture 80 Melody 2.1 – Shepherds Hay

Lecture 81 Melody 3.1 – Hsiao

Lecture 82 Melody 4.1 – Spring

Lecture 83 Melody 5.1 – New World

Section 8: New Techniques

Lecture 84 Introduction

Lecture 85 Recap

Lecture 86 Note Ab

Lecture 87 Note F#

Lecture 88 Exercise 1.1 – Getting to know Ab

Lecture 89 Exercise 1.2 – Getting to know F#

Lecture 90 Eb-Major Scale

Lecture 91 G-Major Scale – Flutter Tonguing

Lecture 92 Melody 1.1 – London Bridge

Lecture 93 Melody 2.1 – Alouette

Lecture 94 Melody 3.1 – My Country

Section 9: Enharmonics

Lecture 95 Introduction

Lecture 96 Recap

Lecture 97 Exercise 1.1 – Note High D – Harmonics

Lecture 98 Note C#

Lecture 99 Enharmonics

Lecture 100 Exercise 2.1 – Getting to know C#

Lecture 101 D-Major Scale

Lecture 102 Troubleshooting C#

Lecture 103 Ab-Major Scale

Lecture 104 Melody 1.1 – Aura Lee

Lecture 105 Melody 1.2 – Aura Lee

Lecture 106 Melody 2.1 – Santa Lucia

Lecture 107 Melody 3.1 – Saints

Section 10: Conclusion

Lecture 108 Final Lesson

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