Practicing the flute is essential to mastering techniques and improving as a musician, but it isn’t the only time you should play. Nurturing your love of music is just as important, especially if, like 50% of instrument-playing Americans, you don’t feel the skill comes naturally to you.
To stay excited about learning, look for flute sheet music for your favorite hits. While woodwinds are less commonly featured in pop songs, ground-breaking musicians such as Lizzo are introducing the world to this instrument family’s incredible versatility. Join the fun by checking out the flute arrangements for these seven hit songs.
- ‘All of Me’ by John Legend
Released in 2014, this love song topped the charts in both the U.S. and U.K. Written about John Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, it resonated with listeners and became a classic. The flute’s clear notes give this song a fairy-tale quality and carry the melody perfectly.
- ‘Wildest Dreams‘ by Taylor Swift
You can find flute sheet music for many Taylor Swift songs, but “Wildest Dreams” stands out for its strong rhythm. This melody is relatively fast, making it an excellent choice for students looking to challenge themselves.
- ‘Halo’ by Beyoncé
This R&B power ballad is very emotional and explores ideas of trust in relationships. With such a universal theme, it’s no wonder so many people strongly identify with it. “Halo” presents some tricky transitions when played on the flute but provides an excellent opportunity to practice breath control.
- ‘7 Rings‘ by Ariana Grande
This song may seem intimidating with its rapped chorus, but it’s simpler than it first appears. The chorus is repetitive, so students only need to master a few progressions. The verses are inspired by “My Favorite Things,” so portions of the flute sheet music may be familiar to practiced musicians.
- ‘Sign of the Times‘ by Harry Styles
More melancholy than the other tunes on this list, “Sign of the Times” sounds beautiful on a woodwind instrument. This song hit number one on the pop charts when it debuted in 2017, and its themes of perseverance and sadness have left a lasting impression. At over five minutes long, this song is an exercise in pacing and breath control.
- ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles
Okay, this piece may not be a recent hit, but it’s a classic that still captures the imagination even 50 years after its first release. The melody is beautiful without accompaniment, and the pace is steady, making it an excellent choice for students who want to build their confidence. The bridge, though brief, also gives flutists a chance to stretch their range.
- ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ by Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Just Give Me a Reason” has a few tempo changes, making it an excellent piece for students who want to increase their versatility. The duet aspect presents an excellent opportunity for students to practice together and play several octaves within a single tune.
Finding flute sheet music is easy at Musicnotes. You can find popular songs as well as jazz, classical and movie soundtrack arrangements, plus an app that lets you organize and access your music anytime and anywhere.