Winner of the 2022 National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition
The 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.
Flute Zoo Five-Note Fun Sticker Book
The Flute Zoo Five-Note Fun Sticker book is the essential technique and
music theory companion book for Flute Zoo Books 1, 2 and 3.
Five-note patterns are the foundation to great flute technique. Even
advanced players practice five-note patterns. Taffanel & Gaubert’s 17
Big Daily Finger Exercise are used by many college flute majors. In
this book, these advanced students start with five-note patterns. After
many years of using five-note patterns with beginners we’ve seen the incredible
technique that can happen even with beginners. Young students who faithful
learn these five-note pattern will reap incredible technique.
Students should first encounter new finger changes in Flute Zoo Five-Note
Fun book before reading them in the Flute Zoo Books 2 or 3. Page 116 of
the Flute Zoo Teacher’s Manual shows how the five-note patterns correspond to
the Flute Zoo Books 1-3. Once students have learned their five-note
patterns, whole scale are easy since two five-note patterns = a one octave
The 40 page Flute Zoo Five-Note Fun makes learning patterns fun with over
600 stickers. Because students are using the stickers to form the
five-note patterns on the music staves, it is also a music theory book.
Students learn the concepts of key centers through transposing simple melodies
in many different keys. A student might ask their parents if they would
like to hear Jingle Bells—but that’s not all. They could also ask in what
key they should play it! Even if students are using fixed DO solfeggio
can still learn the sense of key function using our simple number system.
As students progress they will play the patterns in Doublits—where they
double the speed on each repetition. Being able to switch between beat
levels is the foundation to playing advanced rhythms.
Finally, Circle of Fifths Ferris Wheel on the last page is great motivation
to learn more and more five-note patterns. In addition, there
is a large Carnival
Zoo reward poster available that can be use for either five-note patterns
or whole scales which also includes minor scales.
The 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 composition activities.
What 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)