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Vibrato

Taught by 

Sarah Shin

In this course, Sarah Shin walks through exercises for anyone just starting vibrato, or for anyone looking to refine and control vibrato. She offers a systematic process to implement vibrato into any phrase.

All Levels

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Skills

Ballade

Taught by 

Tim Hagen

In this course, Tim Hagen takes you through Reinecke’s gorgeous Ballade for Flute and Piano. He offers musical ideas, historical context, and practice strategies for difficult technical passages. His insights make this piece exciting to work on from start to finish.

Intermediate-Advanced

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Repertoire

Creating Resonance (ft. William Grant Still’s "Summerland")

Taught by 

Christina Jennings

In this course, Christina Jennings walks us through how to create resonance in all the octaves of the flute and uses Summerland by William Grant Still as a vehicle to do this. This gorgeous piece creates a wonderful opportunity for us to put these concepts offered by Jennings into practice.

All levels

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Repertoire,Skills

Music Theory Basics

Taught by 

Chelsea Tanner

In this in-depth course, Head of Piano Ben Laude and Head of Flute Chelsea Tanner join forces to take you inside the sonorous world of tonality.

All levels

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Music Theory

Poem

Taught by 

Christina Jennings

In this course, renowned soloist Christina Jennings guides us through a comprehensive look into Charles Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Piano.

Advanced

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Repertoire

Sonata for flute and piano in A Major

Taught by 

Marina Piccinini

In this course, Marina Piccinini walks us through the beautiful Franck Sonata originally written for Violin and piano.

Advanced

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Repertoire

Articulation

Taught by 

Jennifer Grim

In this lesson, Jennifer Grim provides a comprehensive overview of articulations, tongue strokes, and expressive markings.

All levels

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Technique

Flute Concerto

Taught by 

Sharon Sparrow

Composed in 1934, this concerto stands as a tribute to the talents of Marcel Moyse. In this course, Sparrow describes how Ibert expertly blends simplicity with complexity in this concerto, presenting a formidable challenge for any flutist.

Advanced

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Repertoire,Skills

12 Fantasias for Solo Flute without Bass

Taught by 

Rachel Brown

Telemann was a pioneer in creating the illusion of polyphony with a single voice. For this course, Brown explores each of his twelve fantasias, delves into the dances that inspired them, and performs exquisitely on her baroque flute.

Intermediate-Advanced

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Repertoire

Baroque Flute vs. Modern Flute

Taught by 

Rachel Brown

Would Bach have enjoyed writing for a modern flute? Surely, he would. However, a survey of historical flutes reveals the beauty in their peculiarities. Brown compares three different flutes in terms of pitch and tone color.

All-Levels

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Skills

Tone Color and Vibrato

Taught by 

Mark Sparks

This course is a thorough introduction to the concepts of resonance, timbre, and vibrato. Mark Sparks speaks at length about the technical theory behind each, and provides a wealth of repertoire examples to guide our application of these devices.

All-Levels

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Skills

Harmony & Expression: Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé

Taught by 

Mark Sparks

Ravel wrote his "symphonie chorégraphique" in 1912 drawing inspiration from the 2nd-century Greek novel. With this tensely beautiful flute excerpt, Mark Sparks discusses every aspect of flute performance technique and how we can use it to tell an ancient love story.

Intermediate-Advanced

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Repertoire

Partita in A minor, BWV 1013

Taught by 

Rachel Brown

The contrast between the four movements, Rachel Brown tells us, is what makes it great. In this course, she speaks at length about the unique character of each movement and what we can learn from other repertoire of the time period to play this music authentically.

Intermediate-Advanced

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Repertoire

First Sonata for Flute and Piano

Taught by 

Mark Sparks

With rhythmic outer movements and an inner lyrical movement, Martinu's only flute Sonata was premiered by Lois Scheafer 1949 in New York. Mark Sparks explores each movement in detail, expanding upon technique tips, practice strategies, and musicianship skills.

Intermediate

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Repertoire

Excerpt Focus: Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Taught by 

Mark Sparks

Based on a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is a dreamy, beloved masterpiece in the flute repertoire. Mark Sparks discusses how to use technique and musicianship to bring it to life.

Intermediate

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Repertoire

How to Approach Orchestral Excerpts

Taught by 

Marianne Gedigian

Marianne Gedigian walks us through an approach to excerpts discussing metronome practice, recording ourselves, our role in the orchestra, and why perfection is not the goal.

All-Levels

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Repertoire,Skills

Fundamentals of Flute Playing

Taught by 

Marianne Gedigian

In this course, Marianne Gedigian and Chelsea Tanner discuss the fundamentals of flute playing, from how to hold the instrument to the intricacies of sound production and facility.

All-Levels

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Skills

Daphnis et Chloé

Taught by 

Marianne Gedigian

In this course, Marianne Gedigian guides us through Ravel’s brilliant flute solo from his Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2. Gedigian covers this solo in great detail while also helping us see the big-picture aspects of this work.

Intermediate

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Repertoire

Symphony No. 4

Taught by 

Marianne Gedigian

In this course, Marianne Gedigian guides us through her comprehensive approach to this famous solo. She gives us tools to improve finger connection, interpret Brahms’ expressive marks, and to phrase this solo to create a compelling performance.

Intermediate

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Repertoire

Warming Up

Taught by 

Jasmine Choi

Warming up is the most important part of our daily practice routine. Jasmine Choi discusses each element of a solid warm-up, its purpose, and what to focus on for best results.

All-Levels

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Skills

Memorization

Taught by 

Jasmine Choi

Though Choi emphasizes that feeling comfortable during a performance is the priority, the benefits of memorization are tremendous. The ability to forgo sheet music allows us to exist deeper within the music and focus solely on communicating it brilliantly. In this course, Jasmine Choi shares a process for memorizing a piece.

All-Levels

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Skills

Sonatine for Flute and Piano

Taught by 

Jasmine Choi

Dutilleux nearly disowned his Sonatine, but its distinct sonic universe has become a pivotal piece in the flute repertoire. In this course, Jasmine Choi invites us to practice it with her, sharing how to put it all together.

Intermediate-Advanced

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Repertoire

Circular Breathing

Taught by 

Jasmine Choi

Far from just a gimmick, circular breathing can be a crucial part of an advanced player's technique – opening the door for longer phrases and more facile music-making. Choi explains how to circular breathe from the very first step, all the way up to advanced repertoire.

Advanced

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Skills

Taffanel & Gaubert's 17 Daily Exercises

Taught by 

Chelsea Tanner

In this course, Chelsea Tanner takes us through all 17 Daily Exercises of this legendary book by Paul Taffanel and Phillipe Gaubert. She guides us through exactly how we can use these exercises to improve our fundamentals.

All-Levels

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Repertoire,Skills

Flute Sonata

Taught by 

Carol Wincenc

The sonata, crafted by Les Six composer Francis Poulenc, is simple at first glance but full of rich modal harmonies and alternating moods. Wincenc’s mentor, Jean-Pierre Rampal, elevated this piece to fame during his career, so she fills her course with one-of-a-kind insights and demonstrations.

Intermediate-Advanced

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Repertoire

De la Sonorité

Taught by 

Chelsea Tanner

Chelsea Tanner walks us through this beloved book by Marcel Moyse, De La Sonorité. She discusses tools in each exercise to change and improve sound production, consistency, and quality.

All-Levels

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Repertoire,Skills

Piccolo Fundamentals

Taught by 

Amal Gochenour

In this course, Amal Gochenour takes us through the fundamentals of playing the piccolo. She talks about how to increase your dynamic range in difficult registers, how to practice the piccolo, and offers alternate fingerings for tricky notes.

All-Levels

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Skills

Syrinx

Taught by 

Carol Wincenc

In this course, world-renowned soloist Carol Wincenc takes us through Syrinx, Debussy’s masterwork for solo flute. We learn about Wincenc’s iconic interpretation influenced by her teacher Marcel Moyse, the fascinating history of this piece, and the necessary fundamentals to perform this work.

Intermediate

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Repertoire

Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313

Taught by 

Amy Porter

Porter has performed Mozart's first concerto for flute over twenty-two times – who better to discuss this impressive work? Mozart was only 22 when he wrote it, yet there are soaring melodies and rich contrasts that set it apart as one of the best in the repertoire.

Intermediate-Advanced

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Repertoire

Sonata for Flute and Piano

Taught by 

Alexa Still

Alexa Still discusses the difficulties this unique two-movement sonata presents and offers solutions and exercises to work on to make this piece understandable and accessible.

Advanced

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Repertoire

Rethinking Technique

Taught by 

Alberto Almarza

Alberto Almarza offers seven different strategies to practice technical facility as you practice repertoire. Using these methods, we can cultivate reliable and consistent technique.

All-Levels

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Skills

Suite de Trios Morceaux, Op. 116

Taught by 

Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen walks us through all three movements of Benjamin Godard’s Suite de Trios Morceaux. He offers practical tips, practice strategies, and a musical interpretation based on the composer's rhythmic games.

Intermediate

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Repertoire

Hand Position & Ergonomic Playing

Taught by 

Alexa Still

How we hold the flute dictates so much of what we can do on our instrument. Alexa Still breaks down different ways to efficiently hold the flute to avoid pain and create mobility in the fingers.

All-Levels

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Skills

Breathing

Taught by 

As breathing is our most fundamental skill in playing the flute, Alexa Still teaches us about the anatomy of breathing. She walks us through how our lungs work and shows us exercises for how we can improve our lung capacity.

All-Levels

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Skills

Chant de Linos

Taught by 

Alexa Still

Alexa Still guides us through this incredibly challenging work offering musical ideas and solutions for the endless difficult passages in this piece.

Advanced

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Repertoire

Intelligent Practicing

Taught by 

Alberto Almarza

Regardless of our current stage of development, we can make our practice time more efficient and enjoyable. In five thoughtful and detailed lessons, Alberto Almarza shares his thoughts on how to practice for real results. First, he discusses how to cultivate habits, not motivation, for more effective practice sessions. He goes on talk about how to organize a day’s practice, and shares the three phases of working on a piece of music.

All-Levels

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Skills

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