Flute Books

Books for the Flute on Technique, Literature, Pedagogy and History

Compiled by Katherine Borst Jones, April 2005


  • Bate, Philip. The Flute. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1969.
  • Boehm, Theobald. The Flute and Flute-Playing in Acoustical, Technical and Artistic Aspects. New York: Dover Publications, 1964.
  • Fitzgibbon, H. Macaulay. The Story of the Flute. New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1928.
  • Hotteterre, Jacques (le Romain). Principles of the Flute, Recorder, & Oboe. Transcribed & edited by David Lasocki. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1968.
  • Lawson, Colin and Stowell, Robin. The Historical Performance of Music, An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Powell, Ardal. The Flute. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.
  • Quantz, Johann Joachim. On Playing the Flute. Transcribed by Edward Reilly. New York: Free Press, 1966.
  • Rockstro, R. S. A Treatise on the Flute. London: Musica Rara, 1967.
  • Toff, Nancy. The Development of the Modern Flute. New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1979.
  • Toff, Nancy. The Flute Book. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1985.
  • Tromlitz, Johann Georg. The Virtuoso Flute-Player. Translated and edited by Ardal Powell. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1991.


  • Pellerite, James J. A Handbook of Literature for the Flute. P.O. Box 913, Bloomington, Indiana: Zalo Publications, 1965.
  • Pierreuse, Bernard. Flute Literature. Paris: Editions Jobert, 1982.
  • Rasmussen, Mary & Mattran, Donald. A Teaching Guide to the Literature of Woodwind Instruments. Milford, New Hampshire: The Cabinet Press, 1966.
  • Vester, Frans. Flute Repertoire Catalogue 10,000 Titles. London: Musica Rara, 1967.

Musicianship and Interpretation

  • Blum, David. Casals and the Art of Interpretation. Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 1977.
  • Cone, Edward T. Musical Form and Musical Performance. New York: W. W. Norton, 1968.
  • Donington, Robert. Baroque Music – Style and Performance – A Handbook. New York: W. W. Norton, 1982.
  • Farkas, Philip. The Art of Musicianship. Bloomington Indaiana: Musical Publications, 1976.
  • Lasocki, David & Mather, Betty Bang. The Classical Woodwind Cadenza. New York: McGinnis & Marx, 1978.
  • Mather, Betty Bang & Lasocki, David. Free Ornamentation in Woodwind Music. New York: McGinnis & Marx, 1976.
  • Mather, Betty Bang. Interpretation of French Music from 1675 to 1775. New York: McGinnis & Marx, 1973.
  • Moe, Daniel. Basic Choral Concepts. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Augsburg Publishing House, 1972.
  • Thurmond, James Morgan. Note Grouping. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania: JMT Publications, 1982.
  • Veilhan, Jean-Claude. The Rules of Musical Interpretation in the Baroque Era. Paris: Alphonse Leduc, 1979.
  • Weisberg, Arthur. The Art of Wind Playing. New York: Schirmer Books, 1975.
  • Weisberg, Arthur. Performing Twentieth-Century Music, a Handbook for Conductors and Instrumentalists. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993

Technique and Pedagogy

  • Boland, Janice Dockendorff. Method for the One-Keyed Flute. University of California Press, 1997.
  • Chapman, F. B. Flute Technique. Oxford University Press.
  • Debost, Michel. The Simple Flute from A to Z. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Dick, Robert. The Other Flute: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Technique. London: Oxford University Press, 1975.
  • Dick, Robert. The Other Flute, Tone Development Through Extended Techniques. Obtained from: Dick, Robert. 10 Leonard Street, New York, New York, 1978.
  • Estevan, Pilar. Talking with Flutists. New York: Edu-tainment LTD, P.O. Box 769, Radio City Station, 1976.
  • The Flutist’s Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology. Santa Clara California: The National Flute Association, 1998.
  • Galway, James. Flute. New York: Schirmer Books, 1982.
  • Gartner, Jochen. The Vibrato. English Translation by Einar W. Anderson. Regensburg, Germany: Gustv Bosse Verlag, 1981.
  • Howell, Thomas. The Avant-Garde Flute. A Handbook for Composers and Flutists. University of California Press, 1974.
  • Jordan, James. The Musician’s Soul. Chicago: GIA Publications, 1999.
  • Krell, John. Kincaidiana. Culver City, California: Trio Associates, 1973.
  • Kujala, Walfrid. The Flutist's Progress. 1261 Ash Street, Winnetka, Illinois, 60093: Progress Press, 1970.
  • Larsen, Grey. The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle. Mel Bay, 2003.
  • McCaskill Mizzy & Gilliam, Dona. Mel Bay’s Complete Irish Flute Book. Pacific, Missouri: Mel Bay, 1997.
  • Nyfenger, Thomas. Music and the Flute. 159 Shore Drive, Guilford, Connecticut, 06437: Thomas Nyfenger, 1986.
  • Pellerite, James. A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute. Bloomington, Indiana: Zalo Publications.
  • Phelan, James & Brody, Mitchell D. The Complete Guide to the Flute. Boston: Conservatory Publications, 1980.
  • Sand. Barbara Lourie. Teaching Genius. Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press, 2000.
  • Soldan, Robin and Mellersh Jeanie. Illustrated Fluteplaying. Minstead, England: London-Minstead Publications, 1986, 1993.
  • Stevens, Roger S. Artistic Flute Technique and Study. 1311 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, California: Highland Music Company, 1967.
  • Stokes, Sheridon & Condon, Richard A. Illustrated Method for Flute. Culver City, California: Trio Associates, 1971.
  • Stokes, Sheridon & Condon, Richard A. Special Effects for Flute. Culver City, California: Trio Associates.
  • Vallely Fintan. Timber, The Flute Tutor. Pacific, Missouri: Mel Bay, 1987.
  • Weait, Christopher. Bassoon Strategies for the Next Level. 272 Longfellow, Worthington, Ohio 43085-3021: Christopher Weait, 2003.
  • Weisberg, Arthur. Performaing Twentieth-Century Music, A Handbook for Conductors and Instrumentalists. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993.
  • Wye, Trevor. Proper Flute Playing. London: Novello, 1988.

Alexander Technique, Body and Breathing Books

  • Conable, Barbara & Conable, William. How to Learn the Alexander Technique, A Handbook for Students. Columbus, Ohio: Andover Press, 1995.
  • Conable, Barbara and Conable, Ben. What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body. Andover Press.
  • Conable, Barbara. The Structures and Movement of Breathing. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2000.
  • Frederiksen, Brian. Arnold Jacobs: Song and Wind. WindSong Press Limited, 1996.
  • Kapit, Wynn & Elson, Lawrence M. The Anatomy Coloring Book. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
  • Loehr, James and Migdow, Jeffrey. Breathe in, Breathe Out. New York: Time Life Books, 1986, 1999.
  • Pearson, Lea. Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body.
  • Wilson, Thomas. Wind and Voice. Ireland: Minim Books, 1984.

Performance Enhancement Books

  • Gallwey, W. Timothy. The Inner Game of Tennis. New York: Random House, 1974.
  • Gallwey, W. Timothy & Green, Barry. The Inner Game of Music. Garden City, New York: Anchor Press, 1986.
  • Greene, Don. Audition Success. New York: ProMind Music, 1998.
  • Greene, Don. Fight Your Fear and Win. New York: Broadway Books, 2001.
  • Greene, Don. A Performance Success. New York and London: Routledge, A Theatre Arts Book, 2002.
  • Mack, Gary with David Casstevens. Mind Gym, An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence. Contemporary Books, a division of McGraw Hill, 2001.

Practicing Books

  • Bruser, Madeline. The Art of Practicing. A Guide to Making Music From the Heart. New York: Bell Tower, 1997.
  • Ristad, Eloise. A Soprano on Her Head. Moab, Utah: Real People Press, 1982.

Career Enhancing Books

  • Beeching, Angela Myles. Beyond Talent. Creating a Successful Career in Music. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Magazines and Journals

  • Flute Quarterly, official magazine of the National Flute Association
    Join the NFA, write to: Phyllis Pemberton
    P.O. Box 800597
    Santa Clarita, CA 91380-0597
    Student membership dues $17/year
  • Flute Talk
    Write to: The Instrumentalist Company
    1418 Lake Street
    Evanston, Illinois
    Subscriptions $8/year (for five copies of each issue); single copies $13.50/year.