Reviews

 

FLUTE 101:  MASTERING THE BASICS

“I like FLUTE 101: MASTERING THE BASICS better than any other beginning method book out there.”
- Helen Spielman, Performance Anxiety Coach and Flute Teacher, Chapel Hill, NC, July 2009
“FLUTE 101: MASTERING THE BASICS is what all we teachers have been waiting for! The book is sensible, practical and makes learning the flute FUN!”
- Mary Sand, Flute Teacher, Cromwell, CT, July 2009
“LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the alternate 3rd octave “more in tune” options on the FLUTE 101: MASTERING THE BASICS fingering chart. Can’t tell you how many times contest judges have scolded my students for using those fingerings! LOVE the Just for Fun sections.”
- Teresa Muir, Flute Teacher, Chicago, IL, July 2009
“I love how you have FLUTE 101: MASTERING THE BASICS set up to start octaves right away. The extensive preface section is AWESOME! I am gearing up to start teaching again next week. I will definitely use this book for my intermediate students to work on musicality and phrasing.”
- Liz Morse, Flute Teacher, Ames, IA, August 2009
“I found FLUTE 101: MASTERING THE BASICS to be a thorough tutorial including many extras for the beginning student as well as a great collection of original compositions and familiar tunes and duets. Every facet of flute playing is introduced in a natural sequence and with this book, the beginning student advances quite quickly.”
- Elly Ball, Flute Teacher, Hoff-Barthelson School, Scarsdale, NY, July 2009

FLUTE 102: MASTERING THE BASICS

“I recommend Flute 102: Mastering the Basics for teachers and students. I appreciate the thoughtful, valuable exercises and repertoire employed throughout the book. This is a wonderful resource and strong launch pad for learning.”
- Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute, University of Texas, Austin, April 2011
“…[Flute 102: Mastering the Basics] systematically takes the intermediate flutist through important stages of music development. George and Louke do an excellent job of explaining all terminology and guiding the teacher on how to teach phrasing and other concepts. In a way Flute 102 services as not only a method for students but also a pedagogical manual for teachers… The material is interesting and varied and would easily allow the teacher to make sure there are not holes in the student’s knowledge…”
- Rebecca Johnson, Flutist Quarterly, Spring 2013
“Three cheers for Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke’s Flute 102: Mastering the Basics! This remarkable duo have designed a volume that provides a broad spectrum of important components for flute fluency. Its carefully organized chapters effectively enhance my proficiency, musical knowledge and creativity. Practice is a joy due to its wide variety of flute specialized scales, etudes, tunes and classical pieces. My flute playing ability has significantly improved thanks to this outstanding book!”
- Jill Kirkham, Business Owner; Member Suite 212 Flute Choir; Adult Flute Student, Pocatello, ID, June 2011

FLUTE 103: MASTERING THE BASICS

“…[Flute 103: Mastering the Basics] is an excellent addition to the repertoire for the middle-level flutist. Third in the inventive Mastering the Basics series, this well-organized volume includes five chapters devoted to studies in the keys of Ab, E, Db, B, and Gb and their relative minors… “This innovative method is the most thorough and systematized approach available in today’s marketplace.”
- Diane Boyd Schulz, Flute Talk Magazine, May/June 2014
“…Flute 103: Mastering the Basics is the most comprehensive, thoroughly written, and well-organized method and solo collection available for the intermediate flute student. George and Louke’s newest addition to the outstanding Mastering the Basic series is an essential volume for studio teachers working with developing flutists and for advanced flutists seeking an excellent source of creative and effective warm-up material to further their own practice.”
- Cristina Ballatori, MTNA Journal, December/January 2013/2014
“With Flute 103: Mastering the Basics, Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke have compiled an excellent intermediate method book that includes a varied collection of solos and a supplementary volume of their piano accompaniments… “This is a wonderful compilation of distinctive works for the intermediate player. The outstanding performance guides and composer biographies add depth to the volume. I especially like the creative exercises using techniques such as harmonics to find a tone that “blooms,” short tonguing exercises, multiphonics, trills, and the preluding exercises in each key… “On the front cover is a clear fingering chart and on the back cover are insightful, yet simple, suggestions concerning musical phrasing. In addition, on the last few pages of the book, George has written excellent notes on methods of technical practice and ways to learn to play more musically. These notes are appropriate for players or teachers of any level. The area concerning musically informed performance covers the concepts of breathing (based on the teaching of William Kincaid), melodic contour, beat strength, and style. I heartily recommend this book. It is a wonderful addition to the flute library.”

- Andrea Loewy, The Flutist Quarterly, Summer 2014

THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK: A PATH TO ARTISTRY

“Despite the lengthy list of exercises, this book is not a mere collection of notes but a well-organized approach that offers sample practice plans, thoughtful instructional prose, possibilities for players at every level, many variations of articulation and rhythm, and clear graphics…
… “While the title indicates an emphasis on scales, throughout the book it is clear that the true emphasis is on mastering technique as a means to heightened expression, phrasing, and musical artistry. It is a must-have for flutists at every level…”
- Diane Boyd-Schultz, Flute Talk Magazine, September 2012
“…Throughout [THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK], Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke have written excellent teaching materials, helping the student or teacher understand how sound is produced and by what means the flute can be played beautifully and efficiently. Materials contained within the book can be used very early in a flutist’s study, and professional flutists looking for a new routine will have their needs satisfied by the exercises included. This is one of the most carefully though-out and comprehensive methods for flute study available, and a valuable resource for students and teachers of all levels.”
- Rebecca Johnson, Flutist’s Quarterly, Spring 2012
“I can recommend The Flute Scale Book wholeheartedly to all those of you who would like to have some good advice on how to practice scales. A great deal of thought and intelligent detail has gone into this book and the result is an original book on scales. I am happy to say I have this book in my library.”
- Sir James Galway, March 2010
“The Flute Scale Book creatively underscores the importance of thoughtful, artistically informed technical study–a concept integral to fruitful practice, rewarding performances, and insightful pedagogy. This inspiring volume is an invaluable addition to the technical literature for our instrument.”
- Leone Buyse, Mullen Professor of Flute, Rice University, June 2011
“The Flute Scale Book is a marvelous book which should be on every flutist’s stand, from elementary to professional level. Beautifully organized, its breadth is exhaustive and the many practice patterns are highly beneficial. I love the addition of the wonderful Nadia Boulanger quotes.”
- Carl D. Hall, Principal Piccolo, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, June 2011
“With inspiring quotes from Nadia Boulanger and loads of real world practical advice, The Flute Scale Book will help students turn scale practice from drudgery into creative exploration. I love the inclusion of many types of modal scales and the use of harmonic fingerings for embouchure development. The Flute Scale Book is a world in itself. Go, explore and enrich your playing!”
- Robert Dick, Flutist, Composer, Author, June 2011
“The premise of The Flute Scale Book is absolutely wonderful – building skills to enhance music making. I recommend it to the beginner to establish an excellent foundation on the flute, practice habits, and musical concepts, and to the more advanced player to refine and organize practice. This is a book to keep you growing.”
- Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute, Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin, June 2011
“Not since the time of Taffanel & Gaubert has there been such a complete yet modern guide to the most fundamental aspect of flute technique: Scales. The Flute Scale Book is well thought out and its highly organized, structured layout makes easy for Anyone to find their most effective way to work on Scales, phrasing and technique. I enjoy it tremendously and highly recommend it.”
- Marco Granados, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA, June 2011
“The title says it all: The Flute Scale Book – A Path to Artistry The tenderest moments of music, the most emotional throes of passion, the most dazzling technical interpretation, all of what we love about the flute have a common denominator: instrumental playing, also called technique. It is the thoroughness of this book that will help flutists of all levels achieve higher goals. It is “La Scala di Seta”, the Silken Scale (ladder) of the flute.”
- Michel Debost, Professor of Flute, Oberlin Conservatory (retired), June 2011
“I recommend The Flute Scale Book to anyone who wants daily guidance and discipline in flute playing through scales and technical exercises. Daily scale practice has been a proven teacher of technique and, over time, leads the player to a higher level of artistry. The Flute Scale Book, with a basic overview of form and theory and great suggestions for practice, is a necessary and constructive addition to any flute player’s library.”
- Amy Porter, Professor of Flute, University of Michigan School of Music, June 2011
“The Flute Scale Book: A Path to Artistry is outstanding – one of the best and most useful fundamental technique books ever. In fact it’s really several books in one as it offers a detailed, musically-aware approach to technique building and maintenance from beginner to advanced level. I can’t recommend it too highly.”
- Dr. Stephen Preston, Professor of Historical Flutes at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, June 2011

 

ADVANCED FLUTE STUDIES: THE ART OF CHUNKING

“It’s a fantastic book! I want all my students to work on this.”

- Hideko Amano, Flute Teacher and Performer, Chicago, IL, September 2014
“I appreciate this [book] in all its parts, i.e. explanations, materials, suggestions, and the ease of use. …I am a retired public school  instrumental music teacher who also taught flute privately. So you know that I have seen lots of instructional materials over the years; none more useful than this.”

- Virginia Netchi, Retired Instrumental Music and Flute Teacher, Gibsonia, PA, July 2016

“This is a new method designed to facilitate learning through chunking…  In this unique format, the flutist slurs an inch of notes followed by a rest… (to) allow for processing of patterns, and perform with greater accuracy and confidence… Additional musical bonbons provide opportunities for articulation, intonation, and embouchure and tone development… Designed to follow the authors’ Mastering the Basics series, this new offering is similarly well-planned, concise, and pedagogically sound.” - Diane Boyd Schultz, Flute Talk Magazine, September 2016

 

THE FLUTE VIBRATO BOOK

“This is a comprehensive and practical guide for teachers and students of all ages.  Believing that vibrato should be taught within the first year of play, the authors provide specific exercises as well as melodies organized by meter for developing vibrato…  specific tips about how vibrato is produced and how it shuld be used artistically enrich the text….  Included are helpful pedagogical hints about proper playing stance and phrasing ideas, including repeated notes and articulatory silences, two-note slurs and sigh figures….” - Katherine Borst Jones, Flute Talk Magazine, December 2016

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