I wanted to say a big thank you to you both for your unstoppable motivation and drive (which is highly infectious) that you shared with us over the last few days. Personally I am highly convinced of how effective your method of working is. It is obvious to see how much children progress in their flute skills and love it! It is a shame that your method is not used as a basis for teaching in all sorts of different fields because the effects of short bursts of activity before difficult tasks are remarkable. Also, I know personally as a teacher and mother of young children how important physical activity is. Especially my youngest, is a very bright kid but needs to move, if not, he gets bored and miserable. He hates the solfège lessons here where we live in France because you sit at the desk for 1 hour. I am convinced that he would love your lessons and do very well. Thank you also for the organization and energy, the days were very well put together.
I thought that the class was lots of fun and very interactive. I like how you teach them to keep a beat and an internal metronome with the cups games. I thought it was wonderful that you were teaching them to listen and feel the music. You had very well behaved children for so young, it was impressive. For the older students I loved the rhythm game with the pumpkins. I wish I had learned that way. I still struggle when many rests are shown and odd rhythms. I also liked how you got excited with the students. That¹s easy to do in a private lesson, or when just the students are there, but harder when the parents are around as well (something that will diffidently challenge me). Felicia Gray I enjoyed the class immensely. I appreciated getting to know you and my classmates. I really had no idea what to expect before the class started and it turned out to be a great experience. The books you had us read were excellent and should be required reading. I appreciate the ideas you have for teaching and really respect the fact that each activity has a goal instead of just being a game to fill time. I'm not sure that everybody understood that even when we were moving with the parachute or ribbons you were teaching rhythms or accents or whatever. By the way... I've started using your duet book #2 for sight reading with my high school students! I used to use longer duets, and I think the shorter ones teach so much more because of the variety we can do quickly. They're much more complicated than one would think at first, and again, each one is teaching something. Good job!
I found the demo groups and teaching among each other the most useful. Everything really helped me understand what I read in the books.
Leslie Rocha -Texas
I really enjoyed all of the classes. It was great to get new ideas and rethink some of my own teaching methods. The demo classes were fantastic and very helpful to see all of the ideas in action. Accommodation was great. It was very comfortable. I enjoyed spending time with the other teachers in the class. Breakfasts were delicious!
Suzanne Cowan -Australia
The class in general was much more than I could have imagined. It has opened up new possibilities for me. I am grateful and excited!
Anna Belle- Chicago
Thanks again! I was so impressed with everyone in the class. As the old lady I feel the need to work fast. My goal is retire next year and enjoy teaching flute. I think the Blocki method is amazing. I am still in awe of the young players we heard . I am also impressed with how Kathy explains in such a methodical Way "flute embouchure" Kathy is amazing And so are you!
This was one of the best classes I have ever participated in. Playing the games and doing the movement activities together was
so awesome. It will help remembering and developing other activities.
I am still in awe of Kathy Blocki and her teaching gifts. I am so happy I attended the Kinderflute class this past week. Even though I have used the Blocki Method in teaching for years, I now have a more in-depth understanding of the the method and activities needed to nurture amazing flute students. I feel so blessed that I have been mentored by such a great teacher and flutist! Thank you, Kathy!
I thought that the class was lots of fun and very interactive. I like how you teach them to keep a beat and an internal metronome with the cups games. I thought it was wonderful that you were teaching them to listen and feel the music. You had very well behaved children for so young, it was impressive. For the older students I loved the rhythm game with the pumpkins. I also liked how you got excited with the students.
I got a lot of questions answered and clarified by going back to you. Three days of taking the class initially is not much in terms of most career-changing programs like yours. Many problems and questions arise when actually starting the program on your own. There are many multi-layered aspects of starting KinderFlute programs…from the initial startup of actually just generating students and a studio, and then trying to implement a method book written by another person and understand all of the reasons why the book was written the way it is. Actually, this second class helped me understand your method a lot more. In the first class, I was concentrating mainly on the initial worries and fears of start up. I did many of your games and activities throughout the years, but some of the reasons for the songs and placement of songs in the book are now clearer to me now that I took the class a second time. The systematic aspect of when to apply certain activities is much clearer to me now.
Molly Shortridge (2nd time taking the course)