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The date has been set for the 2015 Portland Flute Spa & Flute Choir Retreat: July 24-26, 2015.  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:  $275 
we offer a $25 discount for early registration
Early Registration Fee:  $250 (before June 1)   
What to Bring:  Flute(s), music stand, note-taking materials, THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK:  A PATH TO ARTISTRY (Presser), ADVANCED FLUTE STUDIES:  THE ART OF CHUNKING (Presser)

Space Limited, Register Today!


Early Registration Fee:  $250 (by June 1st)

 IN THE NEWS: Phyllis Louke in the news at the Inland Empire Valley Flute Festival in Southern California.  click here  

 RESOURCES: Patricia George's handout from her 2014 NFA Workshop "What to Teach" is now available on our Appearance Schedule page.


What is Chunking? Chunking is a practice technique where you play one inch of notes (4 sixteenths in simple time or 6 sixteenths in compound time or 1 inch of notes) followed by a rest in which you take a breath. The benefits of practicing like this are enormous---learning to read faster and accurately, relaxation of the hands, the comprehension of patterns, and the breathing in between each chunk works on the panting breathing technique which separates the vocal folds. If you want to read more about the effects of chunking, read The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. I started chunking with my students in 1985 after I read John Sloboda's work where he describes how the eye reads one line of music. I hope you give it a try.
This is the technique I have used with all my students since 1985 and this curriculum is the basis of our new book ADVANCED FLUTE STUDIES:  THE ART OF CHUNKING. My freshman in college did 4 lessons per week which meant they finished this book in 10 weeks. In my original curriculum I did not have the preludes or cadenzas, however, Phyllis and I have been so pleased with the effects of having the students prelude in books Flute 102 and 103, that we continued having students work in unmeasured time.
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Sheet Music New Releases:

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

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

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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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includes piano accompaniments for the flute solo parts found in
Flute 103:  Mastering the Basics.  36 pages.
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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.


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Video Demonstrations of Phrasing Gestures
Links to Patricia George's video demonstrations of phrasing gestures Down/Up 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