Time: 19:45 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME111A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will learn how to make your first sounds on the flute, then different notes and tunes. You will also begin to read and understand music notation.
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?
- First sounds on the head joint
- embouchure; control of the air stream; improvement of tone;
- awareness of posture and breathing; articulation - tonguing and slurring.
- How to read music in the treble clef - pitch and rhythm.
- How to play a tune
- Introduction to major and natural minor scales and arpeggios.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate the basics of flute technique e.g. embouchure, breathing, tone, tuning
- articulate the notes by 'tonguing' and 'slurring'
- play an octave of notes with good finger technique
- read music
- play rhythmically and in tune
- understand elementary musicianship and music theory
- demonstrate skills in listening, sight-reading and memorising.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or experience is needed. The course is for complete beginners and for those who have made a start on the instrument and want to go back to basics.
You do not already need to read music as this will be taught whilst learning to play.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstration and explanation by the tutor
Group work, playing in unison and in two or three parts
Playing individually and with backing tracks or piano accompaniment
Listening to flute recordings
To make progress you will need to practise regularly between classes, ideally at least 20 minutes on at least 4 days a week.
Occasionally you will have small written assignments to complete outside of class
There will be an optional opportunity to perform to a group at the end of the module.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to have your own flute and cleaning accessories. Yamaha, Pearl, Trevor James, Jupiter are all good brands available from Top Wind, All Flutes Plus and Just Flutes.. Here is some important advice on buying a flute [external website]. Your tutor can also advise.
Please bring a notebook and pencil, and a stand for your instrument.
Some music will need to be bought / borrowed from a library. Please purchase Abracadabra Flute 3rd ed. (with backing tracks, c.£10), available from Just Flutes, All Flutes Plus, Top Wind or Amazon [external websites]. You will use this book throughout Level 1.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course continues to flute 1B next term.
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.