MUS 215

Flute Test Study Guide

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Know who invented the mechanism for opening and closing the keys on the flute.  This same person also formulated the acoustical design for the instrument which is still used today.  Know roughly when all this transpired.

Be able to translate the foreign instruments names in the flute family.

Know the transpositions for each member of the flute family.  You will be asked to transpose a short excerpt for these various instruments.

Know the advantages/disadvantages of open-hole flutes.

Know the names of the parts of the flute.

Be familiar with the various functions of the cleaning rod.  Heck, it could even substitute as a baton in a pinch ... (JUST kidding)

Be able to describe proper left-hand/right-hand positions.

Be able to describe how the flute should be held in relation to the body (head position, angle of the flute, etc.).

Be able to describe an acceptable flute embouchure.

Be able to describe how to make pitch adjustments while playing.

Be familiar with the changes in air stream direction and aperture in regard to playing in the various registers.

Be able to describe the position and process of tonguing on the flute.

Be able to list acceptable student-line flute brands.

Alas, your favorite:  fingerings!  You will be given a number of written pitches, along with a blank fingering template.  Your mission will be to darken the appropriate keys that should be depressed to play the given note(s).

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