Keith Underwood - Summer 2024

Keith Underwood Flute Classes

Keith Underwood Master Classes


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Keith Underwood - Summer 2024 Series

Biweekly Sessions Starting July 8


About Keith Underwood - Summer 2024

Join Keith Underwood in a class series that can take your flute skills to the next level. A respected educator, Keith has covered everything from body position and Alexander Technique, to tuning and articulations, to extended techniques. Check out this list of previous class topics!

Advanced and Retracted Tongue Root, and Vowels
Vibrato
Tonguing and Facilitated Fingering
Body Part Positions
Sitting and Standing Posture
Circular Breathing and Alexander Technique
Breathing and Articulation Exercises
Creating a Pearly Sound
Chirping, Single Double Tonguing, and Single Triple Tonguing
Pitch Bending and Other Techniques
Left Hand, Breath Support, and Other Techniques
Finger Breathing and Other Techniques
Tongue and Lip Placement
Breathing
The Pharynx
Articulation
Tuning


Enroll in past classes for immediate, lifetime access to the class recordings. 

See below the list of past classes available for watching.


Keith Underwood - Spring 2023

4 Session, first session on May 8, 2023.


Keith Underwood - Winter 2023

4 Session, first session on March 13, 2023.


Keith Underwood - November/December 2022

4 Session, first session on November 7, 2022.


Keith Underwood - August/September 2022

4 Session, first session on August 15, 2022.


Keith Underwood - May/June 2022

4 Session, first session on May 9, 2022.


Keith Underwood - Spring 2022 Series

4 Session, first session on March 14, 2022.


Keith Underwood - December 2021/January 2022 Series

4 Session, first session on December 20, 2021.


Keith Underwood - October/November 2021 Series

4 sessions - 1st session on October 4, 2021.


Keith Underwood - May/June 2021 Series

4 sessions - 1st session on May 17, 2021.


Keith Underwood - Winter 2021 Series

4 sessions - 1st session on February 22, 2021.


October/November 2020 Series

4 sessions - 1st session on October 12, 2020.


August/September 2020 Series

4 sessions - 1st session on August 13, 2020.


June/July 2020 Series

5 sessions - 1st session on June 1, 2020.


Winter/Spring 2020 Series

4 sessions - 1st session on February 20, 2020.


10/24/18-12/12/18 - Fall 2018 Classes

Includes Pharynx Intro and Review, Brazilian Articulation, ATR, RTR, Teeth, and more, and special Choro Class with Hadar Noiberg.


07/24/18 — Class in Portuguese - Uma Esquina Brasileira (all other classes taught in English)


07/10/18 — Advanced and Retracted Tongue Root, and Vowels


06/19/18 — Vibrato


05/03/18 — Tonguing and Facilitated Fingering


04/19/18 — Body Part Positions


03/22/18 — Sitting and Standing Posture


2/15/18 — Circular Breathing and Alexander Technique

This class covered a lot of information on Alexander Technique, and also touched on circular breathing (incl. Linda Ronstadt) — Linguistics — Whispering — "Catbacking" vs "Barrel-chesting" — Using gestures to succeed in auditions — Joe Allard — Pharyngeal Observations. Next time: Retroflex and pearly tonguing.


12/12/17 — Breathing and Articulation Exercises


11/15/17 — Creating a Pearly Sound


10/19/17 — Chirping, Single Double Tonguing, and Single Triple Tonguing


10/4/17 — Pitch Bending and Other Techniques


7/13/17 — Left Hand, Breath Support, and Other Techniques

Keith Underwood shares tips for proper fingering and balancing for the left hand, as well as essential articulation exercises for single and double tonguing. Keith also addresses possible problems with popular teachings on breath support, and discusses some interesting flute-related concepts such as finger buoyancy and intraoral air pressure.


6/27/17 — Finger Breathing and Other Techniques

In this masterclass Keith goes over finger breathing exercises and using a chromatic etude. He also discusses tongue positions for the low and high registers of the flute and goes over various exercises to visualize and apply the tongue movement. In addition, he emphasizes playing low notes lowder and high notes softer when practicing. He also talks about how to relax your embouchure when you play to prevent fatigue and generate good sound. Keith also discusses bringing out the melody of a tune with specific examples.
He also discusses intonation/tuning. 


5/25/17 — Tongue and Lip Placement

Keith goes over tongue and lip placement as well as the best position for the flute to rest on the chin. He also talks about achieving a concentrated air stream through a good embouchure. Additionally, Keith talks about how physics relates to air stream and flute sound through examples on the Bernoulli and Coanda effect. Lastly Keith talks about how you can activate a variety of facial and throat muscles to achieve different sounds. 


5/2/17 — Breathing

Keith demonstrates finger breath exercises to work on pulling sound out of the flute, minimizing lip movement, getting better articulation and achieving evenness of sound on short and long tones, and addresses air-flow and embouchure. He talks about aiming the air flow downward to obtain a resonant tone and mixing outward air-flow between the nose and mouth when playing in the high range. As a final topic Keith gives a great exercise for double tonguing to create the freedom to accent any beat when playing lines. 


4/4/17 — Tuning

Keith talks about how to tune the flute and keep your intonation intact. He describes tuning the flute against a drone versus a piano. 
Keith also talks about tongue position and how it affects sound and range. He provides exercises to create efficient tongue movement and position to produce better tone and range. He points out which muscles to focus on and tells you how to manipulate them to create a tighter air flow. 
Keith also addresses circular breathing as well as semi-circular breathing in this lesson. 


2/28/17 — The Pharynx


11/29/16 — Articulation (+bonus class)

This session focused on how articulation leads to better sound, including working on famous tongued passages and with examples that influenced Underwood's approach.  
 
As an additional bonus to signing up for Articulation, course enrollees will also receive access to recordings of Keith Underwood's Master Class at the Bloomingdale School of Music which was also recorded in front of a live in-person and online audience, in October 2016. 


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Four biweekly sessions on Mondays at 12 pm ET | 9 am PT | 16:00 UTC. The first session is on July 8.

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Past Classes

Choose whether to purchase individual classes, season packages, or go for maximum value with the Keith Underwood 85-Class Pack, which includes every class taught by Keith on Lessonface from November 2016 through January 2024. Get immediate and lifetime access to recordings on purchase.


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Richard B. on December 4, 2023

Awesome



Verified Student on November 16, 2023

Fantastic (as always)!



Verified Student on November 15, 2023

Marvelousas always



Lee G. on November 14, 2023

Mr. Underwood, a veritable repository of musical esoterica, imparts a wealth of knowledge drawn from a lifetime steeped in the intricacies of melody and technique. Seeking to unravel the complexities of a technical or musical conundrum on the flute? Invest some time in his tutelage, and you're apt to emerge with a pantheon of strategies, poised to not only surmount but transcend your playing challenges. Whether neophyte or virtuoso, anticipate a transformative perspective and newfound reverence for the instrument.


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Verified Student on November 14, 2023

Keith's classes are always great learning opportunities. I appreciate that everyone gets to play at least once, and it seems that no matter what I or others are working on, he makes it relevant to everyone. He is so incredibly knowledgable - and even in virtual classes, he is able to notice EVERYTHING, it seems. I am definitely a better flutist and musician for having attended these classes.



Verified Student on November 14, 2023

Great!



Gabriela C. on November 14, 2023

It was incredible, professor Underwood is the Best explaining all the flute technique topics. After his classes I feel motivated and with clear objectives that help me improve my playing.



Ruth K. on November 14, 2023

Excellent!



Erin . on November 14, 2023

Fantastic! Keith is amazing, and I can’t recommend him enough.



Susan G. on June 19, 2023

Always amazing and informative!



Verified Student on June 19, 2023



Dennis on March 14, 2023

Insanely good!



Susan G. on March 14, 2023

Fantastic! Keith has so much to offer… Even to me as a working professional. He is awesome.



Erin on March 13, 2023

Excellent! Keith’s knowledge and instruction is unparalleled, and I’m a grateful recipient of these stellar classes!



Verified Student on March 13, 2023

Very detailed and helpful



Verified Student on March 13, 2023



Holly C. on March 13, 2023

Fabulous. Keith provides an abundance of strategies, thoughts, & techniques that allows one to think about flute playing from the inside out.



Verified Student on December 20, 2022

Splendid as always



Dennis on December 20, 2022

Great! I learned many interesting things which were completely new to me.



Verified Student on December 19, 2022

Keith's class never disappoints !



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Ruth K. on September 26, 2022

Keith's class was wonderful! He is an excellent teacher who knows how to teach technique in a way that is transformative for the student regardless of level or background. There's always something new to learn!



Verified Student on September 26, 2022

Excellent!



Verified Student on September 26, 2022

Excellent class. Learned a lot of useful information that will improve my flute playing.



Richard B. on August 15, 2022



Gabriela C. on June 22, 2022

Professor Underwood is the best. He is changing the way I think about music, the flute and how all the body is related with the sound of the flute. My class was GREAT!



Verified Student on June 20, 2022

Keith's teaching is amazing! He really cares about helping each student and the transformations are remarkable!



Roberto S. on June 20, 2022



Susan R. on April 26, 2022

Outstanding! Keith figured it all out and then it explains how to play the flute to the rest of us! Who knew there was so much anatomy and physiology to learn about flutistry. As far as I’m concerned, Keith is a national treasure. Plus he’s a wonderful human being.



Erin W. on April 26, 2022

Phenomenal! Keith has a true gift for teaching to all skill levels. I always learn something valuable every time I attend a class.



James C. on April 25, 2022

Highly informative, and enjoyable as well. Keith is a master teacher!



Richard B. on March 23, 2022

Keith is awesome



Jim C. on February 18, 2022

Great! Keith is the best! I



Ruth K. on February 17, 2022

Keith's class is great! He has so many innovative ideas and techniques on how to play flute more easily, expressively and freely. He gives everyone an opportunity to play and ask questions. I have learned so much and keep growing as a flutist thanks to his Lessonface classes.



Gabriela C. on February 17, 2022

It was so inspiring and informative. Professor Underwood is the best ❤



Verified Student on February 17, 2022

Always what I need to hear.



Allison K. on February 17, 2022

Keith is the best. Anatomy-based technique teaching. No mumbo-jumbo. Also a world-class musician with vast knowledge.



Erin W. on February 17, 2022

Phenomenal. I love Keith!

Keith is an amazing teacher. What he has to say is fascinating, and when you get to your practice room and work on what he has shared you really see the benefits.

— James C.

If there was a 'Hall of Fame' for music teachers, Keith Underwood would take first prize...Armed with lots of technical solutions - both new and old (some even dating from 1850!) Keith guided us through all of it, and Lessonface is the perfect format for delivering it.

— Lee Grant

Keith Underwood is one of the premier flute teachers of our time. His knowledge regarding tone production, articulation, breath control, etc.are unsurpassed. As a doubler, I've learned so much from Keith which I can apply not only to the flute, but to the clarinet and saxophone as well. And, his presentation is always a joy! I'm so grateful to Lessonface.com for making such a fine artists/teacher so readily available!

— James Corwin

Gostei muito da aula. O professor abordou tópicos importantes para se conseguir uma boa sonoridade. Professor super competente! Estou estudando inglês e pretendo em breve assistir outros cursos do Keith.

--Soliani, Brazilian student that attended Keith's class in Portuguese

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Keith Underwood

Keith Underwood

Renowned flutist and educator Keith Underwood has been an active flutist in New York musical life for three decades. Underwood serves on the faculties of Mannes School of Music, New York University and Queens College. Each year he travels internationally to Japan, Mexico, Italy, Brazil and London to teach workshops and perform.

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