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 2
Book 2 begins with the notes C, B,
A, G and F in both octaves. By the end of this 32 page books, students
will have mastered from low E through high G, plus the notes that they
already play in both octaves. In other words, students will have the
satisfaction of being able to play many familiar melodies such as Happy
Birthday and Mexican Hat Dance.
Many of the two page spreads are
theme based. The opening pages feature an inspiring jungle theme.
The first piece is Rounds of Tropical Rains with trils to represent the
rain. Next is Treetop Slumbers with the sloth hanging from a
branch. A pythom slinkes across the bottom of the page as the students
are inspired to play the mysterious Perilous Pythons. A spinder
monkey swings from a branch on the opposite page while students play Flying
High and the all time favorite piece--Jungle Clown. The
books continues with themed pages design to inspire students to portray the the
ideas through the music. Each page is carefully sequenced to introduce
new notes iand concepts so that students advance as smoothly as
possible. Careful review is build into the book to insure mastery of the
The Flute Zoo Five-Note Fun Sticker book is the essential companion book for Flute Zoo Books 2
The inside front cover has a blank
music staff to use for note naming games. Both the Teacher's Manual and page 2 of the student Flute Zoo Book 2 give fun ideas
for these games to reinforce note names.
On the last page of Flute Zoo
Book 2 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 complex rhythm patterns)
Flute Zoo Book Two Accompaniment Tracks