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Music Exercises

Mastering the Flute with William Bennett

by (author) Roderick Seed

foreword by William Bennett

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
Exercises, Woodwinds
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
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For the first time the exercises and teaching methods of world-renowned flutist William Bennett are featured in one workbook. After more than a decade of study with Bennett and many of his students, Roderick Seed has documented the tools that have made Bennett known for his ability to give the flute the depth, dignity, and grandeur of the voice or the stringed instrument. Topics range from how to overcome basic technical difficulties, such as pitch control, to the tools for phrasing, prosody, tone, and intonation needed for playing with different dynamics and ranges of expression. Advanced musicians will find useful exercises and techniques in this book that will deepen their knowledge and enjoyment of making music and help them in their quest to master the flute.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Roderick Seed is a British flute player based in Vancouver BC, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 after winning First Prize at the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy in London, where he won an entrance scholarship to study with William Bennett, Kate Hill, and Patricia Morris. Seed has performed and taught internationally. Currently he teaches at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Editorial Reviews

Mastering the Flute with William Bennett is an extremely valuable resource for flute players, covering a wide range of technical and musical issues and revealing the ideas developed over Bennett's decades-long career.

Music Teacher

There is something here for every flute player and the book is nothing short of masterful!

Just Flutes

"For those who have never studied with Wibb or have worked with him only a little, this book brings to light the best of his teaching methods in a detailed manual of approach. Bravo, Roderick, and thank you." —Abigail Sperling, The Flutist Quarterly

The Flutist Quarterly


Covering topics such as sound production, intonation, embouchure and phrasing, this volume offers an invaluable insight into how to achieve the hallmark [William] Bennett-school sound.