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Application Form | Skype Lessons | In-Person Lessons

Hi, I'm Kerry Kriger and I love to play and teach bamboo flute. If you want to take your flute playing to the next level, you are in the right place. I offer customized bamboo flute lessons, and will teach you in the traditional style of classical music from northern India, giving you the same methods that have been handed down teacher to student for millenia. No experience is necessary, and I have plenty of experience teaching beginners. Please read through this webpage and then fill out the application form at the bottom of this page if you seek private lessons. I'm looking forward to teaching you to play the bansuri!

You can learn bansuri

Flute LessonsI firmly believe that any motivated and intelligent person can learn music, regardless of age, ethnicity or musical background, provided they have good lessons and practice what they are taught. My aim is to help you unlock the mysteries of music and fulfill your vast musical potential.

I encourage students to practice daily for a minimum of 60 minutes: there's a high chance it will be the best hour of your day and the results of your efforts will be extremely audible in the beautiful flute music you will soon be playing!

On the importance of receiving private instruction

For the past several thousand years until the most recent decade, Indian music was passed down exclusively through the guru-shishya parampara (teacher-student tradition). It wasn't until the internet age that we gained the ability to teach or learn Indian music independently through the internet. While our new technology is fantastic for making this musical knowledge accessible, when it comes to learning music, one thing still remains true: the best way to become an excellent musician is to find the best teacher, take private lessons, and practice what you are taught. There is no substitute for receiving instantaneous feedback on your playing. This enables you to course-correct immediately, play things correctly, notice your errors, get lessons tailored to your precise needs, and play better music for yourself and your audience.

I took private flute lessons on and off for twelve years and I still take guitar and tabla lessons. I expect to continue taking private lessons for many decades as my own playing improves rapidly when I take lessons. Plus lessons are fun and one's teacher often serves as one's primary inspiration. So there are many reasons to take private lessons if you are serious about learning music. I hope you will make use of this website and contact me about private lessons when you are ready to accelerate the expansion of your musical horizons. I'm looking forward to teaching you the bamboo flute!

In-person Flute Lessons with Kerry Kriger

Indian music has been handed down teacher to student for several thousand years, for good reason: private lessons are without a doubt the most effective way to learn music. I traveled long distances to take lessons from my guru Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao. Taking a lesson was usually the high point of my week. My goal is to provide you with a similarly enlightening, educational and enjoyable experience.

Here is my approximate travel schedule for 2015:
April and early May: Berkeley, CA
Late May and June: Virginia & New York
July: Belize, Oregon
August: Virginia, New York
September: Colorado
Looking forward to teaching you bamboo flute somewhere along the way!

1 sixty-minute lesson: $50
5 sixty-minute lessons: $225 ($45 each)
10 sixty-minute lessons: $400 ($40 each)

I also give ninety minute lessons. I recommend ninety minute lessons once you have acquired the basics of the bansuri and built up your flute playing stamina and concentration. The additional time enables you to acquire and absorb more knowledge, learn more ragas, improve your rhythm, internalize new concepts and expand your vision of what is possible in the musical realm.

1 ninety-minute lesson: $70
5 ninety-minute lessons: $325 ($65 each)
10 ninety-minute lessons: $550 ($55 each)

Satisfaction Guaranteed: if you're not pleased with the first lesson, you do not have to pay.

"Thanks again. Finally I find a teacher that I was looking for. I'm new to the bansuri and being a flute maker this way of playing the flute is new for me." -- Roland Gonzales

Online Flute Lessons with Kerry Kriger

Through the wonders of modern technology, you can learn bamboo flute from the comfort of your own home. This is absolutely amazing! I can give online lessons via Skype, which enables us to use free audio and video and play music together regardless of where in the world we are. I've been giving flute lessons through Skype since 2011 and I think it is a fantastic medium for learning and teaching bamboo flute. Looking forward to making music with you online soon!

Skype lessons are approximately one hour long:

1 lesson: $50
5 lessons: $225 ($45 each)
10 lessons: $400 ($40 each)

After we schedule a lesson, you can send me a payment via Paypal, the Square Cash App (ask me about it, it's my favorite), check, wire transfer, Western Union or a money order that works in American banks.

Skype requires you have decent internet. Please download and install Skype and test it on a friend before we get started. If your computer does not have a good mic/speaker system, I suggest getting a USB headset/mic. Call a friend who has skype. Enable video. Can you see them? Can you hear them? Can they see you? Can they hear you? If not, there is a problem; please get it working before our lesson.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: if you're not pleased with the first lesson, you do not have to pay.

Free lessons on

The ragas page on this site has lots of free info about various ragas.

"Thanks for the stuff on your website it has been very helpful to get started."
-- Jay Van Schelt

"Greetings. I am Jaydeep and I reside in Dubai. I've been following your videos and tutorials and let me tell you that they have been very very informative and motivating. I would really love the fact that you may continue making such videos and lessons for all of us to follow. Just a small request, please could you teach us the technique to play "jhala" on the flute. It would be a treat to watch it. Thanks a lot.
JP Kaklotar"

Free lessons on YouTube

Please go subscribe to my YouTube channel at to get free lessons and a whole lot more.

"A big THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge and your brilliant YouTube lessons!"
-- Ian S.

"Your video tutorials are really great!!"
— Rahul Manocha, Austin, TX

"Dear Sir,
Thank you so much for your bansuri lessons on youtube. You have no idea how much it has helped me emotionally and spiritually. I just went to your official site, I'm very impressed. Big fan of what you do sir. Never stop. Again thank you so much."
— Giridhar Krishnakumar

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"So far I have found your videos of utmost value." -- Jay Patel

"Amazing work done by Dr Kerry Kriger. It is informative and interesting for students who are keen to learn bamboo flute. This is a great method and absolutely fantastic tutorial. May we have many more flutists with the help of Dr Kriger. All the very best."
-- Maitreyee Sarcar HF FRSA, Surtarang Broadcast, UK

"Thanks for the wonderful exposition of the flute knowledge. It is wonderful exposure for the beginners and amateurs."
-- BL Malhotra

"Respected Dr. Kerry Kriger, I am a regular follower of your videos. These are very helpful. Keep on sharing this beautiful and magical music. Thanks."
-- Ashish Chittora, Rajasthan, India

You need a flute to take lessons!

You need to have a decent bansuri and ideally it should be in the same pitch as one that I have. Here are the flutes I have (based on Sa, which is the first three holes closed):


If you don't know the pitch of your flute, hold three holes down and blow to get Sa...hold it steady and use your digital tuner to tell you what pitch flute you have. If you don't have these pitch flutes, no problem, I can still teach you.

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Thanks for your interest!


I also teach drums

Let me know if you want lessons for any type of hand drum.

"My son is loving it! He has walked every inch of the house drumming. up the stairs, down the stairs, on the couch, in the kitchen and around the dining room! it's great to see this!"
-- Alyson Lee, Worcester, MA