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Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

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First Committee Member

Trudy Kane

Second Committee Member

Luciano Magnanini

Third Committee Member

Margaret A. Donaghue

Fourth Committee Member

Nancy C. Zavac

Fifth Committee Member

Stephen F. Zdzinski


The purpose of this study is to create a comprehensive collection of some of the most important and difficult excerpts from the standard advanced solo flute literature and to provide a set of context-specific exercises with suggested practice methods. In order to determine results, a survey was administered to expert collegiate level flute teachers (N = 230). The first five chapters of this essay detail the need for the study, a review of literature, the method of the study, the results of the study and a summary/conclusions section which includes implications for further research. The last chapter of this essay includes excerpts from the standard advanced solo flute literature and associated context-specific exercises that can be used as a resource for students and teachers. The excerpts and exercises are listed in alphabetical order, according to the composer's last name. They are also organized in the appendix by area of difficulty including: technique, articulation, rhythm, phrasing, style, ensemble and intonation.


Flute; Practice; Practice Strategy; Music