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Recorder advice please please?!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by boperella, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Hello!

    Yes it's Christmas eve and I'm still thinking school rather that sorting bits and bobs out!
    I've been asked to teach recorder to reception class from next term. I can Play myself so not worried about the physicality's of it but as they are so young I'm concerned about them learning the theory side of things.
    Has anyone taught this age group recorder before? Seems young but hey ho! And advice or words of wisdom would be gratefully received.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!
  2. I have tried but they are very young and there are problems. Some don't have the dexterity to manage the instrument or the breathing. Some insist on vocalising with every note they blow! I did get most children to be able to play very simple tunes with ABC but I'm not sure it was an efficient use of time. We then had a Kinderbox music specialist come into school and that was much more suitable for the age group. Those lessons concentrated on singing in tune and hearing and copying rhythm patterns.
  3. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    As well as all the above, I would recommend paracetamol.
  4. inq


    Does it have to be recorder? Ocarinas are much easier for this age group and they don't make such a loud noise!
  5. I would also go for simple percussion rhythm stuff or ocarinas - Reception class are really physically too small for a recorder - but it doesn't sound like you've been given a choice so my first suggestion would be a sticker for the left hand so they know which hand goes on top. And make up your own simple notation and simple tunes - most recorder books introduce treble clef notation (unless anyone knows anything different?) which is rather complicated for starters. Good luck!
  6. Sorrim

    Sorrim Occasional commenter

    Having taught recorders and Ocarinas for years... I'd probably go down the Ocarina route too! However, when I taught recorders to young children, I just used the letter names and not the notation. I also taught the children to sing the songs first so they knew how they went before teaching them on the recorder. I didn't do theory or notation etc until they were older. Hope this makes sense! Sorrim x
  7. star9

    star9 New commenter

    We teach recorder from Year 2 and it is very slow progress even then! Have you loked at Red Hot Songs by Sarah Watts. These are songs with very limited recorder accompaniments that can be taught by ear once the songs have been learned.
    I have seen other tutors where the note names are printed inside the notes like in some beginner keyboard books but I can not remember the name. Sorry.
    I would do lots of echoing starting with clapped rhythms and other body percussion before going on to the recorder. I would probably do most things be ear until they are confident with the fingering (If you can get the correct end of the recorder in the mouth with the left hand at the top you will be doing well!!)
    There is also a mthod called Recorders in Class published by Yamaha where everything is done aurally. I think it is out of print now but you might find something if you google it. It has an accompanying CD.

    Good luck!

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