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 3
By the end of Book 3, students will
be rock'in! Well literally one of the last pieces is the fun Rock'in
Robin! Besides Rock'in Robin students will have mastered notes
up to the high D and be able to play pieces in 6 different key signatures.
Quite an accomplishment! Because the books are so carefully sequenced and
work together with the Flute Zoo Five-Note Fun Sticker book, students will find the transition to playing with key
signatures easy and have an amazing understanding of key centers.
Even the rhythmically challenged
student will find success with learning more advanced rhythms. Through out the
book implied rhythms are presented in the simplest form. The goal is to
instill hearing the division of the beat. The rhythm cards in the back of the
book can be cut out and used throughout the book. The goal is prepare them for
the more advanced rhythms that they will encounter as they finish the Flute Zoo
series and progress to Blocki Flute Method Book 2.
Many of the two page spreads are
theme based. The opening two pages feature Flamingo themed songs.
Care has been taken throughout the Flute Zoo series to insure calming
background colors and musical staves that are big enough to easily read.
The book 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 Flute Zoo Five-Note Fun Sticker book is the essential companion book for Flute Zoo Books 2
Students love playing many of their
songs in Book 3 with their teacher or friend as duets. The second parts
to the duets are found in the Flute Zoo Duet book.
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 learning note names.
On the last page of Flute Zoo
Book 3 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 3 Accompaniment Tracks