www.adanprovencio.com Fellow Flutist and Friend! Great Teacher.
jennifercluff.blogspot.com A very complete website with a lot of information on how to play the flute.
Hand position problem solvers:
I've had a couple students that are having problems maintaining good hand position.
1. Here is a link you can go too to read about good hand position. http://www.larrykrantz.com/hands.htm.
2. Jennifer Cluff is a respected teacher internationally, here are some tips on balancing the flute from her. http://www.jennifercluff.com/lineup.htm#bobble.
3. And for some interesting history on how to hold the flute: http://www.mcgee-flutes.com/Rocksto_on_holding_the_flute.html
The VERY best accompaniment software apps and programs out there:
- www.smartmusic.com Although, this program has become more limited from its initial incarnation, I still feel it has the most to offer for the price. This has a yearly subscription with different prices if you go through a "school" or as an individual performer. The price is well worth it for what you get. Has solos for all instruments...thousands of solos. A good portion of them on the screen (if you pay extra you can print them.) The program has so many features! Scale, rhythm, sight-reading, improvisation, pattern exercises. Method books, band and Rubank, guitar methods, recorder methods, string methods. You can set it to follow you, you can record, and if the music is on the screen it will tell you what you play correctly and incorrectly.
- https://www.metronautapp.com Metronaut app works well on iPad. It doesn't have all the features of Smartmusic but it has some of the music that is missing from Smartmusic. This app focuses mostly on performance literature. It doesn't have as many solos available to performers as Smartmusic but it does cover some of the missing music from the flute literature. The yearly subscription is a bit pricy, but still reasonable.
- https://www.nomadplay.app NomadPlay is an app similar to Metronaut that you are able to use on your computer or iPad. This program also fills in some of the gaps in the literature left in Smartmusic. What is nice about this app is that if you don't want a yearly subscription you can get a free subscription and purchase individual pieces for a small fee. The yearly subscription is also a bit pricy, but still reasonable. The program is built around artist's albums and features them playing the solo tracks which is very cool. The amount of music available is not as extensive as Smartmusic.
- https://newzik.com/en/ - Scan in your parts and play along. About $30 a year.
Play Pain Free:
If students are experiencing pain while playing and that means something is wrong with how they are holding their flute. This link has articles that address 4 issues related to hand pain. http://www.lunnflutes.com/ho.htm.
Cool Band Director links: http://www.bandworld.org , www.theconcertband.com, www.bassoontrainer.com, If you want a cool website to learn more about the sax try: http://www.leesax.com and http://www.jayeaston.com and http://robotics.caltech.edu/~kj/jay/
Free printed music sources:
www.creativeflute.com for public domain music and free scores.
http://www.flutetunes.com - a good source for sight reading music and public domain scores.
http://imslp.org - a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access. A good source of public domain music.
The Best Source for CD access to printed music:
Ultimate solos collection: 200 pieces by 80 composers. Complete with a festival letter for use in competition, contest or testing situations to prove that your music is an original. $19
Ultimate ensemble/etude collection: fourteen essential flute methods, studies and exercises, as well as over 150 works for flute duos, trios and quartets by over 30 composers from the 18th and 19th centuries. $19
To improve your knowledge of Music Theory Online:
- www.4sranchschoolofmusic.org has materials to help students prepare for music exams.
- www.musictheory.net for trainers to help you with memorizing
- www.thinkquest.org for lessons on intervals, scales etc...
- www.8notes.com for 46 progressive theory lessons
- www.goodear.com for ear training lessons and trainers
- https://www.aaastateofplay.com/a-musical-playground-for-kids-music-theory-lessons/ for fun theory music lessons
- a new app that is great for all students: https://trainer.thetamusic.com it has 50 games and uses a belt system to show progress. Like martial arts. Students are able to play 3 levels of all 50 games for free. The trainer can be accessed with your computer or you can download as an app on your phone.
Ear Training and Sight Singing/Reading Apps
The Chet app is great for ear training!!
The Ella app is a fantastic sight-singing app.
Theta Music Trainer - Ear training through games. First 3 levels of about 50 games are free, then the app costs vary. This is a great deal for a school or a large studio as you can get 50 yearlong subscriptions for $99. For individual use the subscription is $49 a year.
Music Theory Apps