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 COMING SOON: 
ADVANCED FLUTE STUDIES: 
     THE ART OF CHUNKING

Available approximately July 25th.  Look for our newest publication SOON from Theodore Presser Publications.

PORTLAND FLUTE RETREAT: 
The date has been set for the 2014 Portland Flute Spa & Flute Choir Retreat: July 25-27, 2014.  Registration is now open.  Space is limited, register today!

This Participatory Flute Spa and Flute Choir Retreat is for Flutists, Age 18 - Adult
(especially for teachers, flute choir directors and members)

Spend a July weekend in beautiful Portland, Oregon at the Flute Spa and Flute Choir Retreat with Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke.


Registration Fee:  $260 
Registration includes a copy of THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK:  A PATH TO ARTISTRY (Presser).
There is a $20 discount available for past attendees of the Portland Flute Spa & Flute Choir Retreat.  Contact
phyllis@fabulousflute.com for details.

Space Limited, Register Today!

click here for more information and to download registration form

 

Registration Fee:  $260

Flute Spa:  By definition, a visit to a spa is meant to invigorate you, to make you stop and take time to think, to relax, to re-assess why you do what you do. In this case, a Flute Spa is designed to give you some new perspectives on how to approach your flute playing—everything from scales to body position to practice technique. Even though this spa won’t feature massages, manicures or hot tubs, we know that you will come away with a new focus for your performing and practicing skills. Patricia George has presented Flute Spas to rave reviews at flute clubs throughout the United States and at the NFA Convention. Participants will also have the opportunity to schedule some one-on-one time with Patricia George. 

Flute Choir:  We will show you ways to incorporate the Flute Spa experience into the Flute Choir setting to improve everything from group warm-ups and getting a singing, ringing sound to group phrasing, ease in technical work, and playing as a cohesive ensemble. Flute Choir Reading Sessions conducted by Phyllis Avidan Louke will focus on the latest and greatest flute choir repertoire as well as some old favorites. 

 

Sheet Music New Releases:

For Flute Choir:
Fanfare and Celebration (p,c1-3,a,b,opt. contra) by Phyllis Avidan Louke
mp3
 


For Flexible Flute Ensemble:
Christmas and Hanukah Music Volume 2 for Flexible Flute Ensemble (2,3,4 or more) by Phyllis Avidan Louke


♫Our Publications

FLUTE MUSIC OF PHYLLIS AVIDAN LOUKE is now available for purchase at www.fabulousflute.com.  Choose from music for flute and piano, duets, trios, quartets, and flute choir, including music for Flexible Flute Ensemble and innovative music to use in the teaching studio.

THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK:  A PATH TO ARTISTRY, written by Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke, includes the teacher's and performer's dream list of scale studies.  Besides the scales, there is a chapter on what to do with the notes once you have learned them.  Also included are Practice Guides with hundreds of rhythms and articulation patterns to practice any group of six or eight notes and Sample Practice Plans that provide an organized curriculum with weekly practice suggestions.  THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK:  A PATH TO ARTISTRY is designed for a lifetime of use with embouchure development and scale exercises perfect for younger players, and more advanced exercises including audition scales, phrasing studies, major and minor scales, thirds, arpeggios, seventh chords, modal scales, chromatic intervals, tonguing exercises and more, extended to D4 and beyond, to satisfy the needs of professional players.  Spiral bound. 144 pages. 
More info (including sample pages and videos)

FLUTE 101:  MASTERING THE BASICS  is a uniquely comprehensive teaching resource which, in one book, takes the student through the introductory, beginning, and intermediate curriculum.  The innovative lesson plans present, in a clear and logical sequence, songs, duets, and creative activities to develop tone, technique, and musicianship.  The pioneering set of teaching and phrasing guides make FLUTE 101:  MASTERING THE BASICS a must-have staple of the flute teaching studio, university studio and woodwinds methods classes.  Now published by Theodore Presser Company.  It’s the same book in a new package with Teaching and Phrasing Guides in the back of the book for easy reference.   Available from this website as well as our retail outlets.  Spiral bound.  80 pages.
More info (including sample pages)

FLUTE 102: MASTERING THE BASICS continues the technical, creative, and musical development of intermediate flutists by integrating etudes, solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts, duets, and contemporary techniques into an innovative curriculum. Lesson plans present, in a clear and logical sequence, activities to develop tone, vibrato, technique, and musicianship. The phrasing guides, practice suggestions, and prelude activities expand on the pedagogical approach used in FLUTE 101, making FLUTE 102 a must-have staple – perfect for use in the private and university studio.  Spiral bound.  100 pages.
More info (including sample pages)

FLUTE 102:  PIANO ACCOMPANIMENTS includes piano accompaniments for the flute solo parts found in Flute 102:  Mastering the Basics.  Now published by Theodore Presser Company.  This publication replaces FLUTE 102:  SOLO REPERTOIRE.  All flute parts formerly found in the solo publication are now included in FLUTE 102:  MASTERING THE BASICS.   48 pages.
More info (including sample pages)

FLUTE 103:  MASTERING THE BASICS continues the technical, creative, and musical development of advanced intermediate flutists by integrating etudes, solo repertoire, duets, and contemporary techniques in the major and relative minor keys of Ab, E, Db, B, and Gb into an innovative curriculum.  Lesson plans present, in a clear and logical sequence, activities to develop tone, vibrato, technique, and musicianship. The phrasing guides, practice suggestions, and prelude activities expand on the pedagogical approach used in FLUTE 102, making FLUTE 103 a must-have staple – perfect for use in the private and university studio.  92 pages. Spiral bound. 
More info (including sample pages) 


FLUTE 103:  PIANO ACCOMPANIMENTS
includes piano accompaniments for the flute solo parts found in
Flute 103:  Mastering the Basics.  36 pages.
More info 
 

ADVANCED FLUTE STUDIES: 
THE ART OF CHUNKING presents the first and only method for flutists to master the process of “chunking” as a pedagogical technique.  Through exploration of technical studies, etudes, preludes, cadenzas, and solos, the flutist is introduced to basic through advanced chunking to facilitate reading and tone development.  Musical Bon Bons for articulation, intonation, and tone development, are also integrated into the innovative curriculum.

 

Continuing the pedagogical approach used in FLUTE 101, FLUTE 102, and FLUTE 103, THE ART OF CHUNKING introduces a powerful learning strategy, making it a must-have staple – perfect for use in both private and university studios. 162 pages. Spiral bound.

Available July 25th.
 

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for Flute Music for Beginners to Advanced.




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Video Demonstrations of Phrasing Gestures
Links to Patricia George's video demonstrations of phrasing gestures Up-Down and Forward Flow can be found at http://fabulousflute.com/scalebook.html.

Sir James Galway recommends  
              The Flute Scale Book:

“I can recommend this book wholeheartedly to all those of you who would like to have some good advice on how to practice scales.  A great deal of thought and intelligent detail has gone into this book and the result is an original book on scales.   I am happy to say I have this book in my library.”     
      ~Sir James Galway, March 2010

Marianne Gedigian recommends 
                Flute 102:  Mastering the Basics:

I recommend this book for teachers and students.  I appreciate the thoughtful, valuable exercises and repertoire employed throughout the book.  This is a wonderful resource and strong launch pad for learning.”    
    
~Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute, University of Texas, Austin, April 2011

“The Flute Scale Book creatively underscores the importance of thoughtful, artistically informed technical study--a concept integral to fruitful practice, rewarding performances, and insightful pedagogy.  This inspiring volume is an invaluable addition to the technical literature for our instrument.”

♫Leone Buyse, Mullen Professor of Flute, Rice University


 “The title says it all: The Flute Scale Book - A Path to Artistry. According to August Rodin, How would the greatest poet fare in a foreign land whose language he wouldn’t know?” The tenderest moments of music, the most emotional throes of passion, the most dazzling technical interpretation, all of what we love about the flute have a common denominator: instrumental playing, also called technique. It is the thoroughness of this book that will help flutists of all levels achieve higher goals. It is “La Scala di Seta”, the Silken Scale (ladder) of the flute.”

          ♫Michel Debost, Professor of Flute (Retired), Oberlin Conservatory


“With inspiring quotes from Nadia Boulanger and loads of real world practical advice, The Flute Scale Book will help students turn scale practice from drudgery into creative exploration.  I love the inclusion of many types of modal scales and the use of harmonic fingerings for embouchure development.  The Flute Scale Book is a world in itself.  Go, explore and enrich your playing!”

♫Robert Dick, American flutist, composer, and author



“The premise of this book is absolutely wonderful – building skills to enhance music making.  I recommend it to the beginner to establish an excellent foundation on the flute, practice habits, and musical concepts, and to the more advanced player to refine and organize practice.  This is a book to keep you growing.”

            ♫Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute, Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin




“Not since the time of Taffanel & Gaubert has there been such a complete yet modern guide to the most fundamental aspect of flute technique: Scales.  The Flute Scale Book is well thought out and its highly organized, structured layout makes easy for Anyone to find their most effective way to work on Scales, phrasing and technique. I enjoy it tremendously and highly recommend it.”

♫Marco Granados, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA




“This is a marvelous book which should be on every flutist’s stand, from elementary to professional level.  Beautifully organized, its breadth is exhaustive and the many practice patterns are highly beneficial.  I love the addition of the wonderful Nadia Boulanger quotes.”

♫Carl D. Hall, Principal Piccolo, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra




“I recommend The Flute Scale Book to anyone who wants daily guidance and discipline in flute playing through scales and technical exercises. Daily scale practice has been a proven teacher of technique and, over time, leads the player to a higher level of artistry. The Flute Scale Book, with a basic overview of form and theory and great suggestions for practice, is a necessary and constructive addition to any flute player's library.”

♫Amy Porter, Professor of Flute, University of Michigan School of Music




“The Flute Scale Book: A Path to Artistry is outstanding - one of the best and most useful fundamental technique books ever. In fact it's really several books in one as it offers a detailed, musically-aware approach to technique building and maintenance from beginner to advanced level. I can't recommend it too highly.”

♫Dr. Stephen Preston, Professor of Historical Flutes, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London




“Everything you ever needed you know about scales, and more!”

♫Gary Schocker, American flutist and composer



“Scale work is necessary and usually tedious, often getting abandoned to the flutist's autopilot. The Flute Scale Book contains so much diverse material that we'll NEVER have scale boredom again!”

♫Alexa Still, Professor of Flute, Oberlin Conservatory