11  Easy Jazz and Blues Pieces for Flute Choir

11 Easy Jazz and Blues Pieces for Flute Choir

11 easy pieces with a jazz and blues influence for a young(ish) flute choir of mixed ability. Blues 'n' Flutes Dance Flootin' Tootin' Follow Those Flutes Little Sad Song Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch Slow Blues The Circus Windbag Rag
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Cool King W (A "fun" jazz piece for a Junior Orchestra winter concert based on Good King Wenceslas)

Cool King W (A "fun" jazz piece for a Junior Orchestra winter concert based on Good King Wenceslas)

A "fun" piece for a junior orchestra winter concert, based on Good King Wenceslas including a section that can be opened up for improvisations. It's deliberately using lots of jazz clichés that children will find fun and easy to play. When we did this we first learned all the melody rhythms and phrasing vocally, as most children were new to jazz. This way, when they came to reading the simple rhythms, they were already phrasing them together. We also reviewed the sharps for the Bb and Eb instruments (key always being tricky for beginner orchestras so that strings and winds have relatively easy notes to play). We also were careful to get the dynamics right. It was pretty easy to get together. We noticed how the melody was played by different sections of the orchestra. To get into improvising, we spent some time echoing "jazz" rhythms using any of the improvisation notes given at the end of each part so that the children would be eased into improvising while getting used to notes that would work (no one was worried about "wrong notes"). For the concert, when we got to the improvisation section all the children wanting to do a short improvsation stood up and played a short phrase each. You could have each soloist point to the next one to free you up as a conductor to bring in the backings (which you can leave out to start with then bring in, stacking them up), or have a section leader "in charge" of bringing in their own backings. I thought lots of children would be too shy to improvise in the concert but we had about half the orchestra! Some had prepared a phrase to play, some improvised, some played some completely out stuff - all of this is absolutely fine! Lots of children are scared of improvising so it is very important not to criticise them - let them find their own way and learn from listening to others (teachers and students alike). There are PDFs of the score, violins (1, 2 and 3), viola, flute (violin 2 also works for beginner flutes), clarinets (1 (no register key involved) and 2), alto sax, trumpet, trombone & piano. If you need extra parts you can probably easily adapt the existing parts. There is an mp3 with absolutely dreadful computer generated instrument sounds!
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Recordings of a selection of the flute choir music

Recordings of a selection of the flute choir music

Windbag Rag The Circus Follow Those Flutes Slow Blues Little Sad Song Blues 'n' Flutes Dance The Last Day All scores and parts available (and more!) as part of the 12 Easy Pieces for Flute Choir Bundle, or separately. The recording is made by children.
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Mango Walk (trad)  (Easy Felxible Ensemble Piece)

Mango Walk (trad) (Easy Felxible Ensemble Piece)

Traditional West Indian Calypso in 4 parts (melody, "comping" chords, and bass line) with parts in treble, alto, bass clef, also in Bb and Eb. Children can see all parts on their paper and will choose the one they would like to play so it works for mixed ability and is quick and easy to hand out. Originally written for a chilrens' music camp so all the children could play a simple blues together. We learned the C blues scale and had fun taking solos. Accompany the childen on the piano using the concert parts and add the others on the middle part as backings or make your own up! Add percussion and have fun!
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Atarah (Flexible Ensemble Piece)

Atarah (Flexible Ensemble Piece)

Written for the inspirational Atarah Ben Tovim, this is a funky little number in 4 parts. Can be played as a quartet of saxophones, flutes, clarinets, or any combination of C Bb and Eb instruments.
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Valerie's Blues (Easy Flexible ensemble piece)

Valerie's Blues (Easy Flexible ensemble piece)

A cool little blues in 4 parts (melody, "comping" chords, and bass line) with parts in treble, alto, bass clef, also in Bb and Eb. Children can see all parts on their paper and will choose the one they would like to play so it works for mixed ability and is quick and easy to hand out. Originally written for a chilrens' music camp so all the children could play a simple blues together. We learned the C blues scale and had fun taking solos. Accompany the childen on the piano using the concert parts and add the others on the middle part as backings or make your own up! Add percussion and have fun!
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Slow Blues for Flute Choir

Slow Blues for Flute Choir

A short and relatively easy piece for mixed level flutes. A classic slow blues with lots of fun jazz clichés to play following head, head, solo (written), head. Lengthen this piece by learning a D blues scale and taking turns to improvise your own solos instead of playing the written one!
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Simple Solfa

Simple Solfa

Simple solfa songs with notation that starts with S M, 2 line staff (lines then spaces). Gradually builds to 5 line staff D R M F S L T D. I used these as part of Yr2 music classes to get children reading and pitching their voice in rhythm and in time. Add classroom percussion for differentiation (and fun!).
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