Recorder Order

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I recently shared my process of introducing new pieces for the recorder in a blog post for The Music Crew.  Check it out by clicking here or the image above. Lots of awesome tips for recorder magic! 

TLDR?  Here are the steps in a nutshell:

  • Read the lyrics – just have the class read them any old way that sounds natural.
  • Clap the rhythm – display only the rhythm on the board, 1-line staff, no pitches, lyrics, etc.
  • Clap the rhythm while reading the lyrics – display rhythm and lyrics only, do this as many times as needed.
  • Play the rhythm on one note – for example, play the Hot Cross Buns rhythm only on “B.”
  • Review notes on the lines and space – only review notes that are in the piece.
  • Identify the note names in the piece and speak them in rhythm – display complete piece, write letters on notes at first and then take them away.
  • Sing the solfege – display the pitches and sing them.
  • Sing the song – it gets the melody into students’ heads and makes it easier for them to self-correct later.
  • Review fingerings needed for the piece.
  • Finger and play the piece while articulating a syllable like “doo” or “too” – no recorders in mouths at this time.
  • Play the piece on recorders – write letters on notes at first and then take them away.
  • Isolate and break down any problem measures if needed.

Happy teaching!

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