Resources for Flute Study:


Key to Journals:

  • FT=Flute Talk, 200 Northfield Road, Northfield, IL 60093.
  • FQ=The Flutist Quarterly, available to members of the National Flute Association, P.O. Box 800597, Santa Clarita, CA 91380.
  • Instr=The Instrumentalist, 200 Northfield Road, Northfield, IL 60093. Articles are reprinted in Woodwind Anthology, Volume I (available from The Instrumentalist Company).

Articles Every Student Should Read
  • Baxtresser, Jeanne. “Becoming an Ideal Student,” FT (May/June 1988): 12-16.
  • Baxtresser, Jeanne. “Becoming a Team Player,” FT (November 1988): 14-17.
  • Burge, David. “College Music Programs: Progress Without Purpose,” FT (March 1993): 11-16.
History of the Flute and General Texts
  • Bate, Philip. The Flute. New York: W.W. Norton, 1969.
  • Rockstro, Richard S. The Flute. London: Musica Rara (Reprint of the 1890 edition).
  • Powell, Ardall. The Flute. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
  • Toff, Nancy. The Development of the Modern Flute. New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1979.
  • Toff, Nancy. The Flute Book, 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Flute Technique and Study
  • Debost, Michel. The Simple Flute from A to Z. London: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Floyd, Angeleita S. The Gilbert Legacy: Methods, Exercises and Techniques for the Flutist. Cedar Falls, IA: Winzer Press, 1990.
  • Krell, John. Kincaidiana: A Flute Player’s Notebook. The National Flute Association, reprint of 1973 edition.
  • Kujala, Walfrid. The Flutist’s Progress. Winnetka, IL: Progress Press, 1970.
  • Mather, Roger. The Art of Playing the Flute (3 volumes). Iowa City: Romney Press, 1980.
  • Nyfenger, Thomas. Music and the Flute. Published by the author, Guilford, CT, 1986.
  • Putnik, Edwin. The Art of Flute Playing. Princeton, NJ: Summy-Birchard Music, 1970.
  • Stokes, Sheridan, and Richard Condon. Illustrated Method for Flute. Culver City, CA: Trio Associates, 1971.
  • Weisberg, Arthur. The Art of Wind Playing. New York: Schirmer Books, 1975.
  • Wye, Trevor. Proper Flute Playing: A Companion to the Practice Books. London and Sevenoaks, Kent: Novello & Company Limited, 1988.
  • Peck, Donald. “Too Much Tongue in Tonguing,” FT (October 1987): 14; originally in Instr (November 1967).
  • Fabrizio, Raymond. “The Diaphragm Mystique,” FT (October 1990): 18-19.
  • Jacobs, Arnold. “Wind and Song,” FT (February 1992): 13-16.
  • Miller, Richard. The Structure of Singing. New York: Schirmer Books, 1986.
  • Rose, Arnold. The Singer and the Voice. London: Faber and Faber, 1962.
  • Stewart, M. Dee. Arnold Jacobs: The Legacy of a Master. Northfield, IL: The Instrumentalist Publishing Company, 1987.
Contemporary Techniques
  • Bartolozzi, Bruno. New Sounds for Woodwind. Translated and edited by Reginald Smith Brindle. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Dick, Robert. The Other Flute: A Performance Manual of Techniques. 2d ed. New York: Multiple Breath, 1989.
  • Finnigan, Mary M. “Two Approaches to Flutter Tonguing,” Instr (June 1973): 48.
  • Heiss, John. “Contemporary Techniques in Flute Playing,” Flute Journal (October 1981): 24-35.
  • Heiss, John. “The Flute: New Sounds,” Perspectives of New Music 10 (1972): 153-58.
  • Heiss, John. “For the Flute: A List of Double-Stops, Triple-Stops, Quadruple-Stops, and Shakes,” Perspectives of New Music 5 (1966): 139-41.
  • Heiss, John. “Some Multiple Sonorities for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon,” Perspectives of New Music 7 (1968): 136-42.
  • Howell, Thomas. The Avant-Garde Flute: A Handbook for Composers and Flutists (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1974).
  • Smith, Joan Templar. “Flutter Tonguing,” Instr (December 1966): 71-72.
  • Sollberger, Harvey. “The New Flute,” Selmer Bandwagon no. 76 (1975): 14-18; no. 77 (1975): 10-18.
  • Stokes, Sheridan, and Richard Condon. Special Effects for Flute. Culver City, CA: Trio Associates, 1970.
  • Weisberg, Arthur. Performing Twentieth-Century Music: A Handbook for Conductors and Instrumentalists. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993.
  • Patterson, Blake. “Musical Dynamics,” Scientific American 231/5 (November 1974): 78-95.
  • Pellerite, James. A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute. 2d ed., rev. Bloomington, IN: Zalo Publications, 1972.
The French Flute School
  • Colgin, Melissa. The Paris Conservatoire Concours Tradition and the Solos de concours for Flute, 1955-1990. D.M.A. diss., The University of Texas at Austin, 1992.
  • Dorgeuille, Claude. The French Flute School 1860-1950 (trans. Edward Blakeman). London: Tony Bingham, 1983.
  • Chastain, Kathleen. “Improving Intonation,” FT (December 1992): 21-22.
  • Heim, D. Bruce. Practical Tuning, Temperament, and Conditioning for Hornists and Other Wind Instrumentalists: Understanding and Attaining Intonational Flexibility in Musical Performance. M.M. thesis, University of Tulsa, 1990.
Historical Performance Practice
  • Brown, Rachel: Early Flute: A Practical Guide. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Mather, Betty Bang. “Developing Baroque Ornamentation,” FQ XII/1 (Winter 1987): 22-24.
  • Mather, Betty Bang. “Making Up Your Own Baroque Ornamentation,” FQ VIII/3 (Spring 1983): 7, 14-16.
  • Neumann, Frederick. Ornamentation and Improvisation in Mozart. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986.
  • Quantz, Johann J. On Playing the Flute. Translated by Edward R. Reilly. Reprint edition. New York: Schirmer Books, 1976.
  • Solum, John. “On Perceiving the Written-Out Ornaments in Movements from Bach’s Flute Sonatas,” FQ X/3 (Spring 1985): 26-27.
  • Solum, John. The Early Flute. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992.
  • Vester, Frans. W.A. Mozart: On the Performance of the Works for Wind Instruments.Amsterdam: Broekmans en Van Poppel, 1999.
Performance Psychology
see Psychobabble
see Practicing
  • Pellerite, James J. A Handbook of Literature for the Flute. Bloomington, IN: Zalo Publications, 1978.
  • Vester, Franz. Flute Music of the Eighteenth Century. Musica Rara, 1985.
  • Vester, Franz. Flute Repertoire Catalog. Musica Rara, 1967.
  • Gärtner, Jochen. The Vibrato. Translated by Elinar W. Anderson. Regensburg: Gustav Bosse Verlag, 1981.
  • Smith, Jan. “Vibrato Workouts,” FT (March 1995): 31-32.
  • Smith, Jan. “Vibrato Workouts, Part II,” FT (April 1995): 31-32.
  • Trahan, Kathleen. “The Vibrato: A Scientific Approach,” FQ IX/3 (Spring 1984): 15-27.

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