To make this list based on my memory would be….yikes! There are so many flute songs for a beginner that come to mind. There are many things to consider when choosing music to start building playing skills. Familiarity of melody, note structure & level of site reading (the ease of reading the music without putting too much thought into it), personal opinion, and availability of sheet music. I will cover each of these factors in a little more detail.
Familiarity of Melody
Lots of songs which are already something familiar are always good choices. Not only will you benefit from being able to hum the toon in your head, this level of familiarity makes it even easier to site read the sheet music. In running with the theme of familiarity, some songs that come to mind incude: Twinkle, Twinkle, Greensleaves (What Child is This), Mary Had a Little Lamb, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Yankee Doodle, Super Trooper, We will Rock You, and many more.
Note Structure & Level of Site Reading
The way the music is composed of note structure, ease of site reading, and time meter is also important. Learning to read key notes for tone and meter, while also applying the correct note fingering simultaneously is a common challenge for beginners on any instrument. Being overwhelmed at this stage can lead to frustration and maybe even burn out. Songs with scale progressions are great practice, along with plain scale runs as a skill-building tool. That is another idea to consider when choosing tunes to practice.
Personal opinion is so important. These skill building tools, songs for beginners, should be something fun for the beginner, or, at the very least, something the player likes. Having fun is essential. The feeling of being “stuck” learning beginning songs can also lead to burnout. However, learning to do scale runs can be quite enjoyable. I say, if it seems boring or not fun, keep the practice of that particular song to a minimum. Personal opinion does count in successful learning.
Availability of Sheet Music
In this day and age, one can get sheet music on every song imaginable, in many different arrangements, as well. What’s even better is that some of this material is even free! You can also find sheet music available for a fee from many brick and mortar vendors as well as online vendors. You can find sheet music in specialized outlets, as well. Many of my first duets were flute with piano accompaniment.
Making the Decision
No matter what you choose, make sure it is something fun and personal to you. That will make the learning process something a lot more worthwhile. There are many avenues available for you to find some great starter music. Please see my post which contains links to some free music I found on the internet.