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: ME103C
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
For students to expand their flute playing skills and musical understanding, to gain confidence and enjoyment through progression in their abilities.
Learn pieces in a range of styles, including core classical pieces. Develop your technique and the art of creative, expressive performance through traditional and contemporary schools of flute playing.
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?
- tone, technique, articulation, intonation, embouchure, breathing, phrasing, dynamics, vibrato, posture
- Aural, sight-reading and memorisation skills
- Interpretation, improvisation and creative approaches to practising and performing
- music theory, style and context through varied repertoire (classical, folk, jazz and pop)
- In-depth study and analysis of core repertoire for flute
- Extended contemporary techniques such as flutter-tonguing
- Preparation to perform online, or record and using digital resources including backing tracks / accompaniments.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have an integrated understanding of practical skills and theoretical knowledge
- play with better tone and intonation
- have improved elements of technique including embouchure, articulation, finger work and breathing
- have an enhanced sense of interpretation and performance practice
- have a more developed sense of rhythm, improved skills in listening, improvising, sight-reading and memorising
- have a broader knowledge of flute repertoire
- have more experience of playing solo, with piano accompaniment and in an ensemble.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For players at Grade 6 standard and above. You need to be able to read music fluently, sight-read, and play notes from bottom C to top A.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group classes will take place via Zoom video-conference, where the tutor will teach and demonstrate repertoire and exercises. There will be opportunities to play along with the tutor and in solo spots.
You will also learn from listening to flute recordings and other students
Practice between classes is essential. Recorded accompaniments, including multiple parts, will be supplied via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to buy music for the course - advice will be given by the tutor. Most ensemble music will be provided.
You will benefit from having a device to record yourself on, such as a smartphone or PC. You may want notepaper and a pen or device to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may continue in Flute advanced for as many terms as you wish. Different repertoire is covered each term.
You may also be interested in Chamber music skills, Early music ensemble skills, or one of City Lit's many Music Theory and Musicianship or Music History courses.
Lindsey Fillingham (flute, piano, chamber music and improvisation tutor) graduated with BMus(Hons) from the University of Cape Town in 2009 and went on to study in Stockholm (KMH), Manchester (RNCM), and privately with Kate Hill (RAM). She has played with the likes of the Hallé, the Cape Philharmonic, and Orchestra of the Swan in venues including Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, has performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic, and broadcast for BBC’s Songs of Praise and Sunday Worship. Lindsey is carrying out PhD research at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, into group classical improvisation. She has led improvisation workshops and courses at the University of Cape Town, City Lit and Barbican’s OpenFest, amongst others. Lindsey loves performing to diverse communities, and is equally at home singing in school workshops or playing in care settings. She is a member of soundSPARK wind quartet and, with the Ashdown Duo, the Musicians in Hospitals and Care scheme. Lindsey is passionate about passing on the joy of music-making, and teaches at City Lit and Kensington Prep School.
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.