First Flute!

First Flute!


The first book in our First Flute! series, this is the follow up to the Tiny Toots book for younger students (ages 5-7) and the perfect place to start for students ages 8+.

The First Flute! series has been created with the younger beginner in mind, with the goal of creating musical, confident flutistscomfortable playing in a range of keys (not just Bb major!). 

The music in the series has been chosen with a focus on enjoyable melodies and solid pedagogical value, starting with easy children's songs and moving on to beautiful folk melodies from the Irish, French, Canadian, English, Scottish & Appalachian traditions along with lovely classical melodies.  Lyrics are included with many of the songs, so the students can sing before learning to play them on flute.  From Irish polkas to the music that inspired Vaughan Williams, there are so many delicious tunes and pieces in this book!

Large fonts and colour-coded notes are designed to make music notation easier to process for our younger flute students.  Notes are introduced one at a time, with mini exercises at the beginning of each section designed to address the technical challenges of the pieces that follow.  Introductory playback and melody recognition segmentsare included throughout the book, as are rhythm challenges and guided compositionexercises. Notation is also included to make use of the Pneumo Pro to facilitate octave switches and harmonics for those teachers who use these tools in your lessons. 

Starting with B-A-G, Book 1 is a perfect fit for students 8-12 with little to no experience in flute playing.  Younger students and those needing a lot of repetition with their first notes should start with the Tiny Toots books.  

This download includes a PDF file with book covers, beginner scales, a blank fingering chart and the full 80-page (40 pgs double sided) flute method.

  • With almost 30 years experience as a private instructor, Amy is in love with teaching flute.  Always dreaming up fun new ways to tackle the challenges students face, her students learn while laughing!  As a member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers' Association and a flute specialist for the Halifax and South Shore Centres of Education, Amy works to create a community of flutists who learn together and support each other.  An active flute clinician at national-level music festivals, Amy was a lecturer at Western University's Faculty of Music, has extensive musical theatre, orchestral, and session experience, and has performed across North America and Europe as a classical and traditional Irish flutist.  Living in Nova Scotia, Amy loves being close to the ocean with all of the beautiful beaches close by, the gorgeous water [teal - her favourite colour] and getting to work with all of the wonderful O'Neill Flute Studio families.  To learn more about Amy and the O'Neill Flute Studio, please visit Amy's website: