School Band Flute Tutorials

Important information for all Students & families involved in School Band Group flute tutorials

Current Goals / what to play at home

Below is a record of the music and technical skills your child should be playing/practicing at home between lessons.

To see your child's weekly at home practice goals, scroll down and navtigate to your school and then click on your band level to expand the work/goals that are specific to your child's band.

To see the overall progress goals for the current year for all students involved in the band program please see the overall goals section below the individual school goals


(schools are listed alphabetically by name and work goals are updated within 24 hours of each tutorial occuring)

Please note that these goals are what is considered to be achievable for students who practice regularly at home between classes and achieve their weekly practice goals.  Students who choose not to undertake practice at home are unlikely to keep up and achieve these goals as they are less likely to attain the required physical learning as quickly as their peers who are playing more regularly.

Overall goals for the coming year for Training Band & Concert Band Students

All Training Band students

Please note that all of the below goals are based on use of the Flying Start Band method book.  Additionally backing tracks for all of the 'band' songs in this book can be found here

This section is a high level overview only.  Weekly homework goals for each school are specified here.

Term 1

Students should be working towards achieving following goals by the end of term:

General goal

Extension Goal 

Technical Goals

Term 2

Students should be working towards achieving following goals by the end of term:

General Goal 

Extension Goal

Technical Goals 

Term 3

Students should be working towards achieving following goals by the end of term:

General Goal 

Extension Goal 

Technical Goals 

Term 4

Students should be working towards achieving following goals by the end of term:

General Goal 

Extension Goal 

Technical Goals 

Technical Extension 


All Concert Band students

Repertoire


Technique


Knowledge

At home practice goals for the coming week 

Listed alphabetically by School

Gosford Public School
(Tutorial day - Wednesday)

Please note: Links to extra help and resources are available here

GPS Training Band

What to play at home this week:

15/5/24

Play along tracks for all Band songs in your 'Flying Start' book at available here

Octaves on F, G, A, B flat & C

Page 47 B flat Major Scale

Page 47 Rhythm drills - Speak & Clap using T and te te, with Headjoint using tonguing

Page 13 - come birds, skip to my lou

Page 15 - all


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Concepts of Music

(this reference listt will grow as more knowledge is gained during the course of the year)

Duration: Beat vs Rhythm, quaver, crotchet (note & rest), minim (note & rest), semibreve (note & rest), Bar lines, Time signatures (4/4 & 2/4), Tempo Markings (Andante, Moderato, Allegro)

Pitch: High vs low, Notes learned (G, A, B flat, C, D , E flat, F), key signature

Dynamics: piano, forte

Tone Colour: sound production, articulation (tonguing)

Structure: identifying repeated patterns (both rhythmic & melodic), repeat sign

GPS Concert Band

What to Play at home over the Term Break:

15/5/24

Technique:


Repertoire:


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Please continue to play as much as possible during the term break so that skills are not lost and we can start term 2 with confidence!


Term 2 Goals:

(this will be updated as conductors advise teachers of what music is to be issued)

Technique:

Repertoire (updated 8/5/24):

GPS Chapman Band

What to Play at home over the Term Break:

15/5/23

Technique:

Repertoire:


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Please continue to play as much as possible during the term break so that skills are not lost and we can start term 2 with confidence! 


Term 2 Goals:

(this will be updated as conductors advise teachers of what music is to be issued)

Technique:

Repertoire:

Point Clare Public School
(Tutorial day - Tuesday)

Please note: Links to extra help and resources are available here

PCPS Training Band

What to play at home this week:

21/5/24

Play along tracks for all Band songs in your 'Flying Start' book at available here

Page 47 Rhythm drills - Speak & Clap using T and te te, with Headjoint using tonguing

Page 47 B flat Major Scale & Arpeggio

Octave jumps on F, G, A, B flat & C

Page 11 - all

Page 13 - all

Page 14 - Low F

Page 15 - Twinkle Twinkle, Ode to Joy

Pages 14 - all


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Concepts of Music

(this reference listt will grow as more knowledge is gained during the course of the year)

Duration: Beat vs Rhythm, quaver, crotchet (note & rest), minim (note & rest), semibreve (note & rest), Bar lines, Time signatures (4/4 & 2/4), Tempo Markings (Andante, Moderato)

Pitch: Octave interval, High vs low, Notes learned (G, A, B flat, C, D , E flat, F), key signature

Dynamics: piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte

Tone Colour: sound production, articulation (tonguing, slur)

Structure: identifying repeated patterns (both rhythmic & melodic), repeat sign, Ternary Form (Twinkle Twinkle)

PCPS Concert Band

21/5/24

Technique (Grow Your Technique - Flute):


Repertoire:


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Term 2 Goals:

(this will be updated as conductors advise teachers of what music is to be issued)

Technique:

Term 2 Repertoire (updated 8/5/24):


Repertoire from previous terms

Term 1:

St John the Baptist
(Tutorial day - Thursday)

Please note: Links to extra help and resources are available here

SJB Training Band

What to Play at home this week

16/5/24

Play along tracks for all Band songs in your 'Flying Start' book at available here

Modified Scale B flat, C, D, E flat, F, E flat, D, C, B flat, A, B flat

Octave fun on A, B flat & C

Page 47 Rhythm drills - Speak & Clap using T and te te, with Headjoint using tonguing

Page 11 - The Lonely Water Dragon, Boil 'em cabbage down

Page 11 - Hey Crow
Page 12 - New Note G

Page 13 - Come Birds

Pages 10, 11 & 12 - all


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Concepts of Music

(this reference listt will grow as more knowledge is gained during the course of the year)

Duration: Beat vs Rhythm, quaver, crotchet (note & rest), minim (note & rest), semibreve (note & rest), Bar lines, Time signatures (4/4 & 2/4)

Pitch: High vs low, Notes learned (A, B flat, C, D , E flat, F), key signature

Dynamics: piano, forte

Tone Colour: sound production, articulation (tonguing)

Structure: identifying repeated patterns (both rhythmic & melodic), repeat sign

SJB Concert Band

What to Play at home over the Term Break:

16/5/24

Technique:

Repertoire:


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Please continue to play as much as possible during the term break so that skills are not lost and we can start term 2 with confidence!


Term 2 Goals:

(this will be updated as conductors advise teachers of what music is to be issued)

Technique:

Repertoire (updated 13/5/24):

St Patricks
(Tutorial day - Monday)

Please note: Links to extra help and resources are available here

St Pats Training Band

What to Play at home this week

20/5/24

Play along tracks for all Band songs in your 'Flying Start' book at available here

Modified Scale B flat, C, D, E flat, F, G, F E flat, D, C, B flat, A, G, A, B flat

Octave fun on G, A, B flat & C

Page 47 Rhythm drills - Speak & Clap using T and te te, with Headjoint using tonguing

Page 7

Page 11

Page 13 - Come Birds, London Bridge, Frere Jaques

Pages 10, 11 & 12 - all


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Concepts of Music

(this reference list will grow as more knowledge is gained during the course of the year)

Duration: Beat vs Rhythm, quaver, crotchet (note & rest), minim (note & rest), semibreve (note & rest), Bar lines, Time signatures (4/4 & 2/4), Tempo Markings (Andante, Moderato)

Pitch: High vs low, Notes learned (G, A, B flat, C, D , E flat, F), key signature

Dynamics: piano, mezzo forte, forte

Tone Colour: sound production, articulation (tonguing)

Structure: identifying repeated patterns (both rhythmic & melodic), repeat sign

St Pats Concert Band

What to Play at home over the Term Break

20/5/24

Technique (grow your technique book):

Repertoire:


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Please continue to play as much as possible during the term break so that skills are not lost and we can start term 2 with confidence!


Term 2 Goals:

(this will be updated as conductors advise teachers of what music is to be issued)

Technique:


Repertoire (updated 8/5/24):


Intensive focus on the following pieces has been completed and students are requested to continue playing these regular at home as the Band will continue to work on and potentially perform these this term.

Valley View Public School
(Tutorial day - Thursday)

Please note: Links to extra help and resources are available here

VVPS Training Band

What to play at home this week:

16/5/24

Play along tracks for all Band songs in your 'Flying Start' book at available here

Modified Scale B flat, C, D, E flat, F, E flat, D, C, B flat, A, B flat

Page 47 Rhythm drills - Speak & Clap using T and te te, with Headjoint using tonguing

Page 7 - Au Claire de la Lune

Page 11 - The Lonely Water Dragon, Boil 'em cabbage down

Pages 10, 11 & 12 - all


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Concepts of Music

(this reference listt will grow as more knowledge is gained during the course of the year)

Duration: Beat vs Rhythm, quaver, crotchet (note & rest), minim (note & rest), semibreve (note & rest), Bar lines, Time signatures (4/4 & 2/4), 

Pitch: High vs low, Notes learned (G, A, B flat, C, D , E flat, F), key signature

Dynamics: piano, forte

Tone Colour: sound production, articulation (tonguing)

Structure: identifying repeated patterns (both rhythmic & melodic), repeat sign

VVPS Concert Band

What to Play at home over the Term Break:

16/4/24

Technique:


Repertoire:


Practice Goal (students who achieve their goal will be rewarded with a sticker of their choice):


Students are always welcome to attempt more than the above and/or play older music that they enjoy as well as the above tasks should they wish.  


Please continue to play as much as possible during the term break so that skills are not lost and we can start term 2 with confidence!


Term 1 Repertoire Goals:

(this will be updated as conductors advise teachers of what music is to be issued)

Technique (Using Grow Your Technique - Flute, edition 2):

Repertoire (updated 8/5/24):

Useful Resources for Band Group Tutorial Students & Families

For Training Band Students and families

About Practice


In order to progress confidently on the flute it is important that all students play their flute at home regularly between lessons. When we play the flute, we cannot see our instrument to check on what we are doing as it is held to the side so our body needs to learn how it feels to coordinate our fingers and how it feels to place the flute correctly against our lower lip so as to be able to generate a sound. This physical learning can only be gained through ensuring we are connecting to our instrument on a daily basis so please encourage your young flute player to at least get their head joint out and do their best to make a sound every day this week. As we progress there will also be notes and songs to play in between classes.




Help at home


I have gathered some video resources to help you at home as well and have shared these in the 'resources' section of this website so you can connect with them at any time to help with assembling the flute, cleaning it, generating a sound, how to hold it and how to play each of our first 5 notes. To access these resources please follow the link below: https://www.flutecentral.com.au/resources/practice-resources#h.h3a4u7hzfk2e

For All Band Students and families

About Practice

In order to progress confidently on the flute it is important that all students play their flute at home regularly between lessons. When we play the flute, we cannot see our instrument to check on what we are doing as it is held to the side so our body needs to learn how it feels to coordinate our fingers and how it feels to place the flute correctly against our lower lip so as to be able to generate a sound. This physical learning can only be gained through ensuring we are connecting to our instrument on a daily basis so please encourage your young flute player to at least get their head joint out and do their best to make a sound every day this week. As we progress there will also be notes and songs to play in between classes.



Conservatorium information and news

https://centralcoastconservatorium.com.au/



Find Fun music to play

https://www.flutecentral.com.au/resources/music-where-to-find


Note: a lot of students ask for music for 'happy birthday' - this music is linked on the above page however a direct link is below:



Information on upcoming events, term dates and more.

https://centralcoastconservatorium.com.au/events/