I thought I’d post the Flute Talk review Supercharge received:


 (3) Flute – Supercharge Your Flute Technique
Composed by Peter Bartels

Australian performer and pedagogue Bartels has created a technique book aimed at bridging the gap between materials for the beginner and advanced player and has done so in a creative and engaging manner. Consisting of seven chapters, he covers such topics as scales, arpeggios and broken chords, chromatics, and scales in thirds, but he does so with varying patterns like half scales, sequential scales, continuous arpeggio expansion, and by varying meters. By providing parts of the whole and ways to practice them, students then understand the patterns better and master the whole more fully. The final two chapters focus on working on difficult passages and how to organize practice. Bartels’s clear language, clever titles, copious musical examples, and effective strategies make this a book useful one for flutists of many ability levels. (Available for $42 AUD from the composer at peterbartelsflute.com) (D.B.S.)

Kind words from the current president of the Victorian Flute Guild, Greg Lee.

Peter Bartels (Melbourne flutist, teacher and Leslie Barklamb Scholarship committee member) must be congratulated on the release of his new publication, ‘Supercharge your flute technique’. It brings together elements from years of teaching experience from Peter, and compliments masterfully the existing range of flute technique literature.

Thanks Greg.

On Sunday August 26th the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, at the University of Melbourne,  is running a preparation for VCE and Tertiary studies day. I’m excited to be a part of this day presenting a two hour flute masterclass/workshop.

Markiyan Melnychenko (Lecturer in Music Performance, Violin) is coordinating the day and I’m sure would be happy to provide further information.






Registration and welcome.

11:15am – 11:45pm:

Where can music take you? Creator of MCM’s exciting new career development program – Ignite Lab, talks to you about the myriad of ways you make have music be a part of your life. Parents encouraged to attend!

11:45pm – 12:45pm:

The life of a music student: Performances by and interviews with some of the MCM’s best players.

12:45pm – 1:30pm:

Lunch provided.

1:30pm – 3:45pm:

Masterclasses: A chance to perform and receive feedback on your playing from some of the top professionals in the country.

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Before you play: How can you take care of yourself, in order to prepare to deliver your best performance?

4:30pm  – 5:00pm

Afternoon tea, wrap up and farewell.

Here’s an effective way to encourage students, or yourself, to incorporate plenty of repetition into your practice. Break challenging passages down into smaller manageable parts and repeat each part 5 times, 4 times, 3 times, twice and finally the passage as it was originally intended. I call it diminishing returns.


What a fantastic PD Day today for the Victorian Flute Guild. Thanks to all the participants, to Annette Sloan for her tireless work, Jess Farrell for welcoming us so warmly to St Catherine’s and of course Elizabeth Koch for her marvellous presentations.

Have you played all your major and minor scales and arpeggios today? I call it brushing your teeth. You just do it without question it as you know it’s good for you.

Play them all with the range that suits you. One octave if your starting out, two octaves if your a bit further along and ultimately over the entire range.

Have you brushed your teeth today?

The Victorian Flute Guild’s Professional Development Day will be taking place on Friday August 25th with the fabulous Elizabeth Koch from Adelaide as the special guest. I’ll be co-presenting some sessions with Liz as well. Here’s the flyer and I’m looking forward to seeing lots of flute teachers on the day.

PD Day 2018

Thank you to everyone who took part in last Sunday’s Junior Flute Day. It was a great success with 35 young and enthusiastic players spending the whole day engaged in flute activities. Once I get some photos I’ll post them.