Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
The course introduces you to the basic techniques of playing the flute and gives you an insight into what is
involved in learning to play the instrument. It provides an excellent introduction to Flute 1 starting in September.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- how to assemble and hold the flute correctly
- the correct mouth shape (embouchure) to play with good tone and intonation
- the principles of fingering and tonguing on the flute
- playing simple tunes by ear.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- assemble and hold your flute correctly
- play with the correct embouchure and produce a decent tone
- play a simple tune by ear
- improvise with a few notes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for absolute beginners.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through tutor demonstration and explanation, and playing with tutor guidance and feedback.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have your own instrument. The tutor will provide all other materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is designed to lead to Flute 1a in September.
You may also be interested in learning more about music reading through a Musicianship 1 course.
Jacquelyn trained as a flautist with Robert Winn, and studied Irish traditional music at the University of Limerick. Jacquelyn performs world-wide as a solo artist, in her own trio or with other groups, playing at major venues throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Jacquelyn’s folk/world project Avalonia has featured leading world and jazz musicians, and her recent collaboration “Celtic Caribbean Crossing” played to sell-out audiences at the Irish Cultural Centre. She also regularly performs as an actor and actor-musician. Jacquelyn’s debut CD “Silver and Wood” was released to critical acclaim in 2014, and toured the UK with Arts Council England support, with further performances at Folk Alliance (Kansas), and in Italy for Donne in Musica. Jacquelyn teaches flute at City Lit, as well as flute and folk music at Morley College and the Irish Cultural Centre, and she is Senior Lecturer in Folk Music at Leeds College of Music. She has given folk workshops at Munster Music Academy, Ireland, and at Wigmore Hall, Oxford University, and Cambridge Music Trust.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.