I have a 70 yr. old flute student who's progressing steadily through her fourth year of flute playing. Can anyone recommend a good tutor book that doesn't move too quickly? I would assess this student as a grade 2-3 or novice flutist.
She is currently playing "40 Little Pieces" plus duets, and has finished Rubank Supplementary Studies, and I'd like to know what method book would be best to follow.
Etudes by Kohler, Andersen etc. would be progressing too quickly.
Thanks for your recommendations.
Dear novice teacher,
Do see this general list of useful flute books on my website.
And "Method Books" "Tutors" are usually differentiated from etudes and daily exercises. So I hope I'm clear on what kind of book you're looking for.
I might recommend:
Blocki Flute Method Book Two.
I just received this in the mail last week. In my opinion this would be PERFECT for an adult learner, progressing slowly through her fourth year. Fun tunes, well thought out, lots of variety. Duets, pedagogical advice. Moves slowly but intelligently and includes theory. There is also a Supplementary Duet book 2 which would also perfect be for this type of learner.
Karen Smithson's "Play the Flute" Method books. The pieces in these books are great if you play piano along with your student. Theory included in student's workbooks. Piano Accompaniments has terrific collection of pieces that progress through grades 1-6.
Wye - Beginner book of the Flute part 2 with CD
Also, new on the scene:(if other teachers have used these, please send feedback. Thanks.)
Boosey Flute Method book 2 (book 1 also excellent!)
Winn- Getting On with It (3rd octave by end of book):
Fun Solo or Duet material:
Jessica Walsh's Celtic Music for Flute (add own slurs) with CD.
(can be made into duets)
Abracadabra Flute by Pollock with CD (short pieces with piano accomp.)
This book contains well known short tunes that gradually use the third register more and more as you procede through the book. Your student might start at the half-way point of the book as first few tunes are for complete beginners.
List of graded flute duets.
Daily Exercises: (short, tuneful)
Quantz 100 Daily Exercises - easy keys, tuneful short exercises.
Title often seen as: 100 Tägliche Ubungen. Start at no. 55 in F major for a grade 3 novice.
Galli scales/arpeggios opus 309. These are really fun to play. For a grade 3 adult novice use the easy exercises. I believe there are free copies on the net somewhere. They are truly tuneful and fun way of expanding scales and arpeggios into the third octave gradually.
Lots of articulation patterns and easy key signatures.
Endresen - Supplementary Studies for Flute (sample cover) Note: this may be the Rubank Supplemental Studies you've already mentioned. if so see:)
Gariboldi "Mignone" etudes. (free online in pdf) where
they are called "Dainty (sic) studies"
Flute Salad by Oliver Ledbury (unaccompanied solos/etudes.) This is a
great set of etudes at the grade 4-6 level. They're jazzy and fun with interesting rhythms for the jazzier student.
Blakeman (Chester) - The Flute Player's Companion vol. 1 - this goes from grade 4 to grade 6 and may progress a little quickly for the older learner, but well worth owning as a teacher. Divided into "Tone", "Flexibility" and other catagories, this contains advice on how to execute the interesting daily exercises, tune and short etudes.
For a student who's interested in hearing the flute techniques on CD from a comprehensive "how to" book for flute students, this would be good:
Vernon Hill: The Flute Player's Book with demo- CD (Everything you
wanted to know about playing the flute.)
See index of topics covered in this book;
and order through www.fluteworld.com
For a graded list of method books and etude books see the NFA guide (well worth buying if you're a teacher.)
To see grades (example novice = grade 3) see my chart of flute grades.