Anne Fontenay: My Flute Book 2
Updated: May 11, 2021
Book 2 repeats much of the introduction material of Book 1, along with some new things. You’ll also notice many songs are repeated in regular staff notation rather than the long/short blocks from the first book. As before, there isn’t much on each page, which should help with keeping focus on the task at hand. In Book 2, there are now focus points with pictures (and stickers that come with the books) to show areas of attention to include, such as posture, rhythms, notes, mood (mode), listening, and dynamics. The staff is reviewed and employed with only half notes, quarter notes, and notes B1 and A1 to start. Lyrics with songs continue and are designed to aid in counting (this also keeps things interesting). Both books are littered with black and white cartoon pictures, as well as listening, puzzle, and written activities to reinforce concepts, fingering charts, notes, rhythms, and aural skills. Composition games and opportunities continue in this book, and new games and exercises are introduced. As with Book 1, a certificate of completion is provided at the end.
From the Author:
“My Flute Book 2” is a direct continuation of “My Flute Book 1”, but if you have older students, or students who are fast learners, you may start directly in Fook 2. In this book there are notes right from the start. The melodies are the same as in Book 1. It means a lot to the little ones who go on from "My Flute Book 1" that they know the songs they have to play. The progression in the book is somewhat faster than in the first book and in between all the melodies I have done small music theory assignments. The students are still not very old and need to put down the flute once in a while. By playing or doing the small tasks, you can add theoretical knowledge in a fun way. In “My Flute Book 2” a focus bar has also been added. It acts as a homework book, and students do not have to look up multiple books to remember what to practice for next lesson. It is just below the song. By talking to the students and letting them fill in the focus bar themselves, it gives them a greater understanding of why they should practice and what they should practice for the next lesson.
A lot of supplementary material has been made for both books. For example, I have made head joint melodies that you can start with at the same time as "My Flute Book 1". Playing together is also a really important ingredient in my world, and the book "Let's play together" is written to fit both "My Flute Book 1" and "My Flute Book 2". Even if you have just started playing the flute, you can still play with others. And playing with others is a huge thing for the little students. "Let's play together" therefore starts with head joint melodies written for 2 flutes.
All my books and materials have been translated into English and yes, there are lots of things that could be different. But luckily my approach is that you can always skip pages, take them in a different order or put stickers over drawings you don't like. No two students are alike, and you should always first and foremost look at your student and then find the method book that fits exactly to the student.
· Order of notes: B1 A1 G1 Bb1 C2 E1 F#1 D2
· Time Signatures: 4/4, 2/4, 3/4
· Key Signatures: no flats/sharps, one flat, one sharp
· Rhythms: half notes/rests, quarter notes/rests, eighth notes/rests
· Other: Accidentals, Da Capo al Fine, Slurs
· Repeats some of the songs from Book 1 with written notation.
· Opening material shows embouchure and body exercises.
· Comes with stickers to show things to remember or pay attention to.
· More written activities, listening activities, and composition opportunities.
· Certificate of completion
Missed Book 1? Check it out here!