I have had such a mental block about the flutes because I don't know how to play (yet) and this is the first thing I've taught that I don't know, so I think I was/am nervous about keeping up with our schedule and staying ahead enough to actually properly teach.
I now finally understand all the comments about how can you teach things you don't know. In the past, I've answered this with a confident, "You learn, or find someone who does know to teach it." The you learn part seemed reasonable and easy enough, but now I'm outing myself as feeling anxious teaching things I don't know well :)
The good news is that the intro went really well and the kids loved the first day of flute! Elie joined us today, but, for the most part, my husband will play with Elie while I do flute with Yoav.
The resources I'm using are:
* "Teaching Yourself and Your Child the Pentatonic Flute" by Marsha Johnson
* "Playing and Teaching the Pentatonic Flute" by David Darcy
* "Playing with Choroi Flutes - an Introduction" by Thomas Pedroli and Dietmar Bloch
* "Pentatonic and Interval Flutes for Kindergarten and the Early Grades" by Par Ahlbom, Anne Widmark, and Maja Knierim
(the first two I recommend most)
and for music, I have several small books:
* "Pentatonic Songs" by Elisabeth Lebret
* "Quintenlieder" by Julius Knierim
* "There is a Path" by Channa Seidenberg
* "Clump-a-Dump and Snickle-Snack" by Johanne Russ
This is a great Youtube video by David Darcy on how to hold and blow the flute with a suggested first song.
There is also a useful Master's thesis online by Linda Ann Ledbetter Eterman titled "An Approach to Music Education based on the Indications of Rudolf Steiner".
We are starting out with Interval Flutes, which only have one hole, so it's a good way to get kids comfortable with simply holding and blowing into the flute and learning pitch recognition (without concerning themselves with finger placement). We'll play a few games with the flute:
1. I will play a note on a pentatonic flute and Yoav will try to match the note by using the three interval flutes, with and without the hole open.
2. He will play a note on his Interval Flute and then I will play notes on the pentatonic and he will tell me when we have a match.
There are a lot of games you can play with the interval flutes if you have six or more kids. I only have one, so my games will be pretty simple ;)
|Silliness with Interval Flutes|