Are you a budding flautist looking for an all-encompassing list of easy flute songs?
Well, you’ve come to the right place!
As we’re sure you’ll agree, the flute can be a really tough instrument to get to grips with when you’re just starting out.
Not only will you have to nail your coordination and breath control, but you’ll also have to clue yourself up on music theory in order to follow the sheet music.
In this article, our top team of musos-slash-writers-slash-flute-aficionados have compiled this all-encompassing list of 50+ flute songs for beginners.
It’s segmented into classic flute songs, pop flute songs and film score songs, so feel free to jump to the section you most-prefer and start choosing your tracks!
Classic Beginner Flute Songs
If you’re after a set of easy go-to classics for learning the flute, then look no further. From Hot Cross Buns to Hark The Herald, you’re sure to find something to run with.
If you’d like the sheet music (as well as some warm-ups and exercises) for these classic songs, most of them can be found in this collection.
Hot Cross Buns
For any flute player who has learned the first three notes one their flute, “Hot Cross Buns” is likely one of the first songs on their list of tunes to learn to play. This song will inevitably appear in most beginner flute books, even if it’s called by another name.
For beginner flute players who are starting to gain a bit of confidence, “Yankee Doodle” can help push them a little beyond their comfort zone while still remaining in the range of notes for beginners.
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Often referred to as The Wedding March or The Wedding Song, this song is slow, consisting of mostly half notes, and is great practice for beginner flute players to work on breath control and really get those notes singing out clearly.
You can’t call yourself a musician and not be able to play “Happy Birthday!” This song – traditionally sung or played at birthday celebrations – is easy to learn. You can impress your friends and celebrate their birthday with your newfound musical skills on flute!
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
For those beginners who want to jump into Beethoven, “Ode to Joy” is a great and well-known way to start. This simple song can be played at both faster and slower tempos, and the quarter note rhythms are steady and easy to play along to with a metronome.
Für Elise (Beethoven)
Though “Fur Elise” is more infamously played on the piano, it’s also a beautiful classical song that can be played on the flute.
Little Brown Jug
“Little Brown Jug” is actually a drinking song. Though many would not recognize it by name, its one quarter note and two repeated eighth note patterns will likely sound familiar.
Though the origin of this song is unknown and the meaning behind the lyrics that accompany the memorable melody is a bit odd, this is still a fun and flowy song for beginners that’ll most likely be recognized by anyone listening.
“Jingle Bells,” with the repetitive same three notes being played multiple times with only a few other notes slipped in for a bit of variety, is a Christmas classic that is perfect for beginner flute players ready to show off their newfound skills at Christmas.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
This infamous tune, also known as “The ABC Song” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” is known for being one of the very first songs that young musicians learn on almost any instrument ranging from flute and clarinet to piano and guitar.
La Donna é Mobile (Verdi)
This is classified as an aria, and the bouncy melody somewhat resembles a butterfly floating from flower to flower. The 3/8 time signature makes it a bit more advanced, but the note range and allegretto tempo still make it great fun for beginners to dip their toes into classical music.
She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain
This old-timey hymn that would often be sang on plantations in the early 1900’s is a classic that’s easily recognizable for many, though they may not know the origin of the song. It’s upbeat, easy to learn, and fun to play.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is another Christmas classic that’s enjoyable at both fast and slow tempos, which means a beginner can still confidently play it at a slower tempo until they’ve mastered the notes and rhythms if needed.
Mary had a Little Lamb
This is one of many songs that are likely to appear at the very start of a beginner’s flute book. Consisting only of 4 notes (often being C, D, E, and G), this song is also easy because it only has quarter and half note rhythms with a few exceptions.
Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
At only 80 beats per minute, this is a great classical song for a beginner flute player’s first recital. It can be played as a solo or with piano accompaniment.
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Though the original song can be a bit more complex, the simplified versions of this song are great for beginners.
This classical song is slightly more upbeat and has a kind of bouncy flow to it. Though there is a lot of movement among the notes, it’s still relatively simple, making it a great challenge for beginner flautists.
This song is a very simple, dark piece of classical music by Mozart. Though it was originally written for orchestra, it’s great practice for beginner flute players who are struggling to produce clear, long tones. Even as a simple warmup exercise, beginners can benefit from it.
William Tell Overture (Rossini)
This classical song dates back to the early 1800’s and is famous for being part of Rossini’s last opera. It’s also a lot of fun to play with the upbeat tempo, and with most of the notes being on the staff, the range is good for beginners.
Can Can (Offenbach)
“Can Can” can be a bit of a challenging song when played up to tempo, which is around 130 beats per minute. However, because the simple eighth-note runs pairs with a few quarter and half notes here and there, it’s a fun classical piece for beginners.
Up on the Housetop
This Christmas song is about the sound of reindeer hooves on the roof on Christmas eve. It has a bouncy, upbeat tempo that is great fun for beginners.
Perr Gynt Op. 23 (Grieg)
This well-known (but not by name) classical song can often be heard in movie and TV scenes when a character is waking up, or the sun is coming out. The stripped-back versions of this song are great for beginners.
Minuet was originally written as an orchestral dance piece that would have been played at dances in France. However, it’s still a great solo piece for the flute.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
For a more challenging Christmas song, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is still simple enough for beginners, but the higher ranger of notes adds a bit of a challenge.
Cradle Song, Op. 49 No. 4 (Brahms)
This is one of the most famous lullabies in the western world and is sure to learn your audience feeling relaxed and ready for a nap. Played on the low to middle range of the flute makes it a calming song that is also easy to play.
Easy Pop Songs For Flute
If you’re after something a bit more contemporary, we’ve got you covered with this killer selection of easy pop songs to try out on the flute.
If you’d like the sheet music for these songs, most of them can be found in this collection.
We Will Rock You (Queen)
“We Will Rock You” is a classic rock song from the 1970’s that’s still relevant today and fun to learn on just about any instrument.
Stay with Me (Sam Smith)
This well-known pop song is sure to impress friends and family members, but it’s slow and right in the middle range of the flute, so it’s great for beginners and fun for everyone to enjoy.
Fight Song (Rachel Platten)
This chorus of this song is super easy and only requires five notes. For beginners who are looking for something that is poppy, upbeat, and fun, this song is a great place to start. The whole song may be a bit more complicated, but starting with the chorus and added to it will help beginners progress and have fun.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a classic pop song more commonly played on the ukulele but also sounds beautiful and easy to play on the flute as well.
Havana (Camila Cabello)
Due to the repetitive nature of this song and relatively limited note range, this well-known pop song is easy to learn and easy to spice up a bit with grace notes as players become more confident and advanced. It’s a great song for showing how someone has progressed as it can become more complex as new skills are learned.
See You Again (Wiz Khalifa)
This song was made popular by the unfortunate loss of The Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, but this song has become iconic in remembering all of those we have lost throughout the years. The song itself is relatively simple and is a good challenge for beginners who are looking to push themselves into the high octave notes.
Sweet But Psycho (Ava Max)
This song can be both simple and complicated based on the level of the flute player. Even beginners can enjoy playing this sassy pop song.
Firework (Katy Perry)
For beginners looking for upbeat pop songs, “Firework” is a great place to start learning to push the note range on the flute a bit without being too difficult.
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
The main part of this song is extremely repetitive, with seven of the first nine notes being the same. The slow tempo also makes it easy for beginners.
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
This song is great rhythm practice because it consists of a lot of phrases played on one or two notes that are made more interesting by changing the rhythms.
Old Town Road (Lil Nas X)
To make this song easier for beginner flute players, it can be played in Bb minor instead of the original key. This song also allows beginners to practice using alternative fingers for Bb to make it easier when playing many Bb notes in a row.
Shallow (Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper)
This sweet love song is simple to play with no complicated rhythms and an easy note range for beginners.
A Million Dreams (Hugh Jackman)
For beginners, playing eighth notes at 148 beats per minute might sound a bit intimidating, but this sound still sounds beautiful at a slower tempo. The easy melodies combined with a slower tempo allow beginners to practice really letting their flute sing.
Baby Shark (Anonymous)
As easy as “Baby Shark” is to sing for kids, it’s equally as for beginners to play on the flute. Consisting of 5 notes, all right in the middle of the staff, it’s even fun for beginners to challenge themselves to play at a faster tempo as they get more comfortable.
Bad Guy (Billie Eilish)
Written in the key of Bb, this popular Billie Eilish song is a lot of fun to play. It’s also a great way for beginners to practice playing notes that are on the offbeats.
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
Whether you first heard it from a Journey record or a Glee soundtrack, this popular song is great fun to learn and introduces flute players to sharp keys.
Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
This is a great song for beginners to start learning about triplets with a moderate swing tempo. It’s hard not to sway along with the beat and relax while you play.
Puff The Magic Dragon (Peter, Paul and Mary)
This song is traditionally learned by beginners learning to play the recorder, which makes it perfect for transitioning over to play on the flute as well.
Daydream Believer (The Monkees)
This popular song by The Monkees is fun to play along with a backing track or as a solo, and the simple notes and rhythms make it great for beginners.
Film Score Songs For Flute
Looking for something to learn from one of your favorite movies? Well, look no further than these next few recommendations!
Shark Attack (Jaws)
This song, also known as the theme from Jaws, consists primarily of two notes that begin as half notes and gradually work their way up to sixteenth notes is fun to play and practice building dynamics as it starts out softer and as the notes become shorter, the dynamics increase as well.
Star Wars Theme (Star Wars)
This iconic song that people hear and automatically think of flying through space was written to be played on flute, and it’s super easy to learn. Though it does consist of seven different notes, the song can be broken up into two basic parts, which makes it easy to learn.
My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
This slow and melodic song made famous by the movie Titanic is perfect for flute players who want to play songs that are well-known but are still limited by the number of notes they can play.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story)
This song is great for teaching beginner flute players to count rhythms for notes that are both on and off the beat in the same phrase. Being that it’s a song that the player has likely heard before, they will likely be more comfortable with the rhythms.
Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
The theme from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast is a slow ballad-like love song that is perfect for an instrument as beautiful as the flute. It’s also written in the key of C, so it’s great for beginners.
Hedwig’s Theme (Harry Potter)
This timeless Harry Potter classic is great fun for beginners. It can look a little intimidating at first because it’s written in 6/8 time. However, at only 75 beats per minute, it’s a great way for beginners to practice counting in eighth notes with a song they are likely already familiar with.
We hope you’ve come away from this list armed with a fresh set of beginner flute songs to try out! If you enjoyed this article, why not check out our ultimate list of ukulele songs for kids next?