With the arrival of January, for many of you, is also the arrival of a shipment of new recorders (or breaking out the old ones!) for a recorder unit. This is actually my first year in 7 years to not teach recorders starting the first day back in January. Being at a brand new school and feeling so lost this school year, I did not have my act together as well this year to start in January. But I hope to introduce the recorder to my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in February or March!
For those of you starting recorder now or soon, I would like to remind you of some fantastic resources available to you!
- Recorders Rock! Method Book
- Recorders Rock! Correlating PowerPoint
- Recorders Rock! Correlating Flipchart (for ActivInspire and ActivStudio users)
Recorder Introduction Video
I made this YouTube Video to introduce my students to the Soprano Recorder in a fun, exciting, modern way. I think your students will enjoy it as much as mine do!
Recorder Crossword Puzzle
Based on the video above, this puzzle reinforces the vocabulary and concepts behind learning the soprano recorder. This is a good activity to have your students complete while you are passing out recorders for the first time!
Recorders Harmony Lesson using "Hot Cross Buns"
We often think of the recorder solely as a melodic instrument. However, we can teach harmony by using the recorder and introducing simply part playing. This lesson plan is a great supplementary lesson for your 2nd year recorder players and beyond.
Valentine's Day Recorder Composition Lesson
Use the recorder to teach beginning composition. Based on a simple Valentine's Day poem, students use a set of pitches to create a melody to the existing rhythm of the poem. This lesson can be completed in a variety of settings, from individual, small group, or even whole group instruction.