Flute Punch

For Students

These are my current studio requirements and the repertoire I use. I provide links to the items for sale from vendors I’ve used and trust, but feel free to purchase them from any store you like.

Getting Started

You will need to have the following equipment in order to begin lessons:

  • Flute with cleaning rod and handkerchief (do not buy a fuzzy insert/cleaning stick)
  • Music stand
    • A stationary stand should look like this.
    • A folding stand should NOT look like this — they are very flimsy and blow over in the wind.
    • A folding stand like this is fine, because it still folds compactly while being sturdy enough to be used outdoors.
    • Avoid buying a table-top music stand; you will not be able to appropriately adjust the height.
  • Metronome (get one with a “knock” sound, not an electronic “beep”; Matrix is a good brand)
  • Steno pad or other sturdy notebook
  • Tuner (for intermediate students)
  • Music and/or method books (to be determined after initial lesson)


These are exercises that I use to develop musicianship. I either illustrate them in the student’s notebook or I have handouts, but I list them here to emphasize their importance.

  • Headjoint — 5 tones
  • Rhythm clapping
  • Tone development (possibly from the Trevor Wye books)
  • Vibrato
  • Overtones


Each section’s items are listed roughly in order of advancing difficulty. Don’t buy all these at once! This listing is simply for reference. You only need to buy when it is time to advance to the next level.

I do try to find cost-effective ways for students to obtain materials, including suggesting free sources on the web and using books the student already has (if appropriate), but as with any recreational activity, you should expect occasional expenditures (mainly print music and flute maintenance).

Scales and Method


  • Ernesto Kohler, Op. 33 (15 Easy Melodic Exercises) or Op. 66 (Romantic Etudes)
  • 18 Exercises or Edudes by T. Berbiguier
  • Anderson


  • Rubank Selected Duets, Vol. 1
  • Rubank Selected Duets, Vol. 2
  • Quantz, Op. 2 & 5
  • Kuhlau, Op. 10, 13, 87, 81, 102, 39, 80


  • 24 Short Concert Pieces – Cavally
  • Handel, Bach – sonatas
  • Mozart concertos in G and D
  • Flute Music by French Composers, edited by Louis Moyse


  • Improvising Jazz Flute, by Horace A. Young
  • Patterns for Jazz, by Coker/Casale/Campbell/Greene
  • Band-in-a-Box
  • Jamey Aebersold Play-a-Long books
  • Charlie Parker Omnibook in C


Music is an aural art! Printed music is necessary, but concepts of style and tone can only truly be conveyed from one musician to another, by ear and demonstration. Listening is therefore an essential aspect of musicianship. Students should be listening to Baroque, Classical and Romantic music. 20th Century and jazz may supplement those stylistic time periods. Listen to flutists, but also listen to vocalists and violinists.

Fortunately, the web makes it possible to listen to music cheaply or for free. Below are some of my favorite sources.

  • Amazon.com – buy single MP3s for about $1 each
  • Pandora.com – listen to a genre or style
  • Last.fm – find specific pieces to listen to
  • Youtube.com – find specific pieces to listen to


A student’s success hinges on practice time. If a student is not practicing, it is not a good use of everyone’s time and money for them to be taking lessons. It does not mean they are a “bad” student (their interests might lie elsewhere, e.g.), but it does mean the student, their parent, and I will need to discuss it in order to determine the best solution.

Practice expectations:

  • Beginners need to practice 20-30 minutes daily, 5 days/week
  • Intermediate (middle school) students should average 45 minutes daily, 5 days/week
  • High school students need to practice 1 hour daily, 6 days/week

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