Winner of the 2022 National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition
Flute Zoo Books are the new fun, and
engaging way to learn to play the flute. These books, with their bright colors
and cheerful imagery, were written with elementary age flute students in mind,
although we have found that older children (and even adults) love the fun songs
and activities as well! Each book is between 32 and 40 pages long. So the
new flutist will gain a strong sense of accomplishments as they more quickly
earn their certificate for Flute Zoo book one.
Zoo Book 1
Book one begins with head joint
exercises to establish a great tonal foundation. Irrestibly fun songs encourage
playing in both the high and low registers, first on the head joint and then
with the whole flute. The accompaniment tracks begin with energetic
drum tracks to encourage keeping a steady beat. The new flutist begins
with the simple finger changes B A and G so that it easier to concentrate on
laying a great tonal foundation before introducing more difficult finger
changes in Flute Zoo Book 2. While beginning on the head joint, the
student will simultaneously begin a fun key click song with
accompaniment. With the Froggie Key Clicks song, students learn fingering
and cooridination before playing with the whole flute. Once
students have mastered this and are playing well on the head joint they are
ready to successful put everything together to begin playing with the whole
flute. By the end of Flute Zoo Book 1, students have learned the
fingering for five notes, but since they can play in both the low and high registers,
they can actually playing 10 notes. In addition, students love
the many trills which develop smooth finger movement and balance.
Tonguing is also mastered through pieces like the ever popular Baby
Shark! The last page of Flute Zoo is a certificate of
accomplishment that students can proudly display. Many of the songs also
have a second part available in the Flute Zoo Duet Book. All the
accompaniment tracks are available here
or on YouTube.
Flute Zoo Advantage
Tone: With Flute Zoo books students learn both high and
low notes on the head joint. Playing in the high and low octave continues
when students begin with the whole flute. This gives the new flutist an
enormous advantage and teaches embouchure flexibility which is vital for
becoming a great flute player. Teaching flute is not like teaching
trumpet in which the high notes are more difficult. High notes become difficult
when students only play in the low and middle octaves for as much as one year.
The students then have trouble with embouchure flexibility, and the ability to
form a smaller lip opening. Listen to this young beginner “accidentally”
playing in three octaves!
Rhythm: Flute Zoo books 1-3 and the Five-Note Fun
Sticker Book work together to insure a solid rhythmic foundation. Towards
the end of Flute Zoo Book 2 students are reading rhythms that may appear
simple, but imply more difficult rhythms. They learn how to play rhythms like a
dotted quarter note followed by an eighth long before they actually read it.
In Flute Zoo Book 3, students use the rhythm cards in the back of their
book to first play these rhythms with tied eighth notes. Then the card is
flipped over to reveal how the rhythm would be written without tied notes.
The Five-Note Fun Sticker Book helps
to instill the ability to move between beat levels with ease. This foundation
is essential for playing the complex rhythms they will encounter in Blocki
Flute Method Book 3.
Creative Composing: These projects develop creativity and highlight the
new concepts being learned. Each Flute Zoo Book contains several engaging
is the difference between Blocki Flute Method Book 1 and the Flute Zoo Book?
The content in the Blocki Flute
Method Book 1 equals Flute Zoo Books 1, 2 and 3. The Flute Zoo books move
at a slightly slower pace and are shorter giving a sense of accomplishment as
they finish each book more quickly. The Flute Zoo Five-Note Fun
Sticker Book is essential to the Flute Zoo series but can also be used with the
Blocki Flute Method Book 1.
After working through all four Flute
Zoo books, students will be ready to start in Blocki Flute Method Book 2. The
Blocki Flute method was designed to give the beginner an excellent foundation
in beautiful tone, embouchure flexibility, rhythm and technique. This
comprehensive and step-by-step approach was written to ensure success and includes
theory and composition projects.
Flute Zoo Book 1 and Flute Zoo Solo Book
Flute Zoo Book 2, Five-Note Fun Sticker Book, and Flute Zoo Solo Book
Flute Zoo Book 3, Five-Note Fun Sticker Book, and Flute Zoo Solo Book
Blocki Flute Method Book 2 and Cobb County Fair from Flute Zoo Solo Book
Blocki Flute Method Book 3 (Full range of the flute and o Solo Bookcomplex rhythm patterns)
Flute Zoo Book 1 Accompaniment Tracks