wanted to say a big thank you to you both for your unstoppable
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
sorts of different fields because the effects of short bursts of
before difficult tasks are remarkable. Also, I know personally as a
and mother of young children how important physical activity is.
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
love your lessons and do very well.
Thank you also for the organization and energy, the days were very well
I thought that the class was lots of fun and very interactive. I like
you teach them to keep a beat and an internal metronome with the cups
I thought it was wonderful that you were teaching them to listen and
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
you got excited with the students. That¹s easy to do in a private
or when just the students are there, but harder when the parents are
as well (something that will diffidently challenge me).
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
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
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
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.
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)