Learning the Flute Online: Where to Get Started

young girl playing flute online

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the flute? The flute is a treble-voiced woodwind instrument known for its sweet, high, and airy tone quality. They are popular instruments in band, orchestra, jazz, and solo playing and are well suited to a variety of different musical styles. You may have heard Sir James Galway play classical style flute or the sounds of flute from the rock band Jethro Tull. The flute is also a popular instrument in Irish folk music and bossa style jazz. There is sure to be something to suit anyone’s musical tastes! Like all musical instruments, it takes time and patience to learn to play the flute. Having a great instructor to help guide your learning is very important. Regardless of where you live, it is easier than ever to work with great teachers due to the rise of online education. Here are some easy steps to get ready to learn flute online.

Equipped for Success

Before you start your search for lessons and begin the learning process, it is important to make sure you have a quality instrument and the proper equipment for practice. Popular brands of beginner level flutes include Yamaha, Gemeinhart, Armstrong, Jupiter and Pearl among others. There are many reputable online retailers for musical instruments like Woodwind & Brasswind that specialize in all band and orchestra instruments. However, there are also retailers who specialize in flute sales only like Flute World. If you are uncertain about which flute is right for you, you can always schedule a consultation with your flute teacher to see what he or she recommends.

In addition to a flute, you will also need a music stand, metronome, tuner, and microphone. A music stand will allow you to easily see your music while either seated or standing during practice and lessons. A metronome will help you keep a steady beat as you learn to play rhythms and a tuner will ensure that you are playing your notes in-tune and are not too flat or too sharp. While you can find cute metronomes like this one shaped like a penguin, you certainly do not need to spend a lot of money. There are also good all-in-one metronomes and tuners that combine both tools in one. You can also find metronome and tuner apps to use on your smartphone or tablet while practicing. Finally, if you are taking lessons online, you will get the most benefit by purchasing a good-quality microphone so your instructor can hear your playing at its' best quality. Once you have all of your equipment, make sure you dedicate a small space in your home specifically for practice and lessons. It should be well-lit and comfortable and include a place for you to easily access your Internet-connected device for your online lessons.

teacher during online flute lesson

Which Path is Right for You

Finally, you are ready to search for a teacher and begin flute lessons online. With the increased focus on online learning, the right teacher for you is just a few clicks away. You can easily find the teacher who best fits your learning style and goals, regardless of where you live. Before contacting a teacher, make sure you have a list of questions ready and be prepared to talk about your learning goals.  

There are two paths for learning flute online: one-on-one lessons and video courses. An online flute tutorial will allow you to learn at your own pace and might be less expensive, however, there is no personal support which often leaves learners frustrated. One on one lessons might be more expensive, but the experience is personalized and learners receive customized support.

Choosing a Guide for a Smart Start

 A great place to start searching for a one-on-one flute instructor is at Tonara Connect. Tonara Connect features hundreds of the best teachers from around the world that all offer a variety of solutions to fit your learning needs, budget, and schedule. Many of the teachers on Tonara Connect offer online flute lessons in either one-on-one lessons or offer ongoing support with regular check-ins for more independent or experienced learners. On Tonara Connect, everything is automated so it is easy to schedule lessons and communicate with your teacher. As an added bonus, if your teacher also uses Tonara Studio, you can also easily access assignments and join in with their studio community regardless of where you are. 

Get Started Today

Below you will find a list to help you get started on your online learning journey. There are online video tutorials and courses as well as instructors from Tonara Connect. Now that you are equipped with the proper tools and you’ve identified your learning goals it is time to get started. Happy Learning! Happy Practicing!

Here's a list of some one-on-one options and other online flute lesson options that you can consider!

One-on-One Lessons

Other Lesson Options