fluteIf you are beginning to learn the flute then here is a list of some of the best beginner tutor books available to help you choose the most appropriate book for you. All of the listed music books contain brilliant systems to help you master the flute though each is slightly different with some suited to younger pupils, some more mature. Some contain more popular tunes and some are more technique based. I have tried to list the best attributes from each book to help you choose.

Have a browse and please feel free to leave any comments that you feel may be appropriate to help other beginner musicians on their journey !


Team Woodwind flute

This is my favourite tutor book at the moment. It has a good repertoire of well known music/tunes, is easy to understand and follow, is laid out in a very teacher friendly way with each new page containing good clear expirations. This book is probably not very well suited to younger pupils. I would suggest it is aimed at pupils aged about 10 and above.

The book now comes with a play-a-long CD which makes practice a lot more fun. There is also a lesson diary & practice chart at the front to help monitor pupil progress.

Each page includes a picture of the correct flute fingering and the position on the stave of each new note that you are about to learn. The book starts with some simple rhythm studies on the note of B and A then progresses page by page through the notes G, C, F, and Bb with some simple repertoire including merrily we roll along, Au clair de la lune and Acapulco Bay. From there you are introduced to 3/4 time before securing fingering with some more tunes concentrating on the notes you have just learned. The book then gently introduces you (a page at a time) to the full range of the flute using a lot of very well known tunes and some really nice duets. You are introduced to slurs, tied notes, quavers, scales and key signatures all the time introducing new notes as you go.

As you work through the book you move onto more complicated music and time signatures such as 6/8 time. At the back of the book is a full list of all major and minor scales and arpeggios. Repertoire in this book includes :

  • Amazing grace
  • Blowin’ in the wind
  • Pink panther
  • Barcarolle
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Morning has broken
  • Over the rainbow
  • Edelweiss

The book contains many more really well known tunes and also has a good selection of Christmas tunes

In conclusion this is a very good series (a lot of the tunes work in conjunction with other TEAM books from different instrument groups). As I mentioned it is probably not suited to very young pupils but if you do choose this tutor book you are guaranteed to have a fun and comprehensive learning experience.


Cormac Loane & Richard Duckett


abracadabra fluteAbracadabra flute

This is another of my favourite flute tutors especially for younger pupils. Whilst the material is suitable for all this book is aimed at beginners probably below the age of 10. As with most good flute tutor books it is laid out in a very clear systematic way that enables the pupil to grasp all concepts of flute playing with most pages having illustrations to make the visual impact a little more fun. The book also contains a good selection of well known songs/tunes. Highly recommended for younger pupils.



Abracadabra Flute

Jonathan Rutland


Learn as you Play

This is a good comprehensive tutor book. It is laid out in units with each unit incorporating a new note or technique. The only problem that I have with this book is that is does not have a selection of popular or well known tunes to play. I feel it is always nice, as a pupil, to play songs that you know ! Also this tutor book is not laid out in a way that is appealing to younger pupils. If you want a very good tutor book and are not that bothered about playing the more well known tunes then this is the book for you !



Learn as you Play

Peter Wastall


A Tune a Day

Another classic tutor book that has been revised and updated. Clear explanatory diagrams and photographs help guide you through the lessons. A good selection of well known tunes certainly helps ! I would suggest this book is perfect for the 10 to 16 year old age range (though should not necessarily be discarded for younger or older pupils). A great fun book that is worth exploring.




A tune a day

Ned Bennett


Ready Steady Flute

This is a brilliantly fun system for really young pupils. It introduces the notes slowly and clearly and is presented in a really fun and appealing way. It comes with a CD accompaniments (and also has a teacher book available). I can highly recommend this system for younger pupils.



Ready Steady Flute

Sarah Watts