Earlier this month I took a Facebook poll to see what methods were being used today. The question was open ended: It encompassed all levels, ages, and teaching styles.
I received great feedback, which led me to interview Phyllis Avidan Louke–co-author of the Flute 101, 102, 103, and many other popular method books.
I’ve made a small graphic that represents the feedback I gathered. The larger “bubbles” were more popular method books. When the survey participant indicated method book level, I made a note to include that. You’ll also find quotes from some participants below. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Flute 101, Flute 102, Flute 103, The Flute Scale Book and The Art of Chunking by Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke, published by Presser. These books are based on my experiences from over 50 to 60 years of teaching using the ideas of my teachers: Mariano, Kincaid, Baker and Blaisdell.
I use Patricia George’s Flute 101 if I feel they can handle a fast-paced book or have had musical training before. I really like the hints and tips they give and LOVE the fact that they have two pages of headjoint exercises in the beginning. She also has books 102 and 103 to continue with studies. I haven’t dabbled too much in using those yet because I just started with this series, but I’m loving it so far! Trevor Wye has been an old standby for me for YEARS. I love the fact that he focuses on really getting out a nice, good sound. I use his method for beginners who have never had musical training before because it’s not as scary or overwhelming (It has pictures and fun stuff and the print isn’t as small). If I were to have more intermediate players, I would use Flute 102 and 103 with them. I’ve looked over them. I love them. I would want to use them. I have ALL beginners pretty much now. Advanced: T+G 17 Exercices Journaliers; Trevor Wye Tone; Andersen/Kohler/Berbiguer, etc Etudes – not really a method per se – more of a sequence of things I go through.
Rubank method for flute. I like it because it moves quickly, is challenging in the intermediate/advanced methods and tricks the students into playing their scales (in a fun way!). Plus I can play along with them with all the fun duets! I also enjoy Brooke Method for flute for advanced students and the obvious Taffanel and Gaubert.
Lamorna’s Beginner Flute Book from fluteworthy.com.au It teaches sound making in a fun way and combines songs they know with other less familiar songs to provide a rich repertoire for the beginner. It also sets students up to be able to play in a concert band after only a few months.
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