November 30, 2014

Recorder (and Other) Resources and Cyber Sale Link-Up

So with the TeachersPayTeachers Cyber Sale coming up, I am super excited to be sharing with you some awesome resources you can check out during this 2 day Mega-Sale at my TpT store and so many others' awesome TpT stores.  I am linking up with Amy Abbott over at Music a la Abbott with a link party to feature my own and others' products!

My Featured Product

My "RECORDERS ROCK" soprano recorder method book is one of the best-sellers in my store.  And for Monday December 1 and Tuesday December 2, you can get this method book for less than $7.  What a deal!  What makes my Recorders Rock Method book unique is the fact that I start students on low E - 5 fingers plus your thumb.  This forces students to start playing recorder with good air support and proper finger position - you cannot blow super hard and have sloppy fingers and play low E successfully!  Impossible!  So even though the first day or so is hard as you really just work on slow, warm air, and covering the holes correctly, once your students are making a beautiful E sound, the rest comes so much easier than the traditional "start on B" method.  Before Thanksgiving, I had 120 fifth graders playing a recorder concert of 4 tunes playing mostly in tune, in unison, and with good tone.  That was after only seven 45-minute music classes.  This method works!!!

Another cool thing with my recorder method book is the leveled testing system.  There are certain songs throughout the method book that are colored that can be used for assessment.  I have my students play the colored songs individually for me so I can assess their progress and give individual help.  Each level earns the students a colored rainbow loom band that the students can display on their recorders.  As we work through the levels, they will build a rainbow on their recorder!  So pretty!

My Recommended Music Product

I also would like to recommend a product from another music teachers' store that I have used and adored this school year.  Sara Bibee at Music with Sara Bibee (Facebook link) produces excellent resources that are thorough, eye-appealing, and well-designed.  

At the beginning of the school year, I was designing a recorder bulletin board that could be helpful for my students while playing recorder.  I found Sara's Recorder Fingering Charts and fell in love.  She has multiple formats with and without staff notation and big, bold, colorful note names.  I printed them and hung them on my bulletin board along with her Chevron pennant banners with instant success!  

Here are some examples of the different types of charts she has (I added her logo so there would be no copyright infringement - just buy the set!).  

She has the fingering charts in both PDF and JPEG formats.  This is great because I also paste her fingering charts into my ActivInspire flipcharts that I use with my ActivBoard (like SmartBoard but just a different brand).  Love them!  

 My Recommended Non-Music Product

I know this product is not music-related but its too cute not to recommend.  These little guys are gonna show up in some of my winter product later this year and in early 2015.  They are too cute to pass up and will add pizzazz to whatever classroom resources you're creating.  These are the Snow Buddies Clipart Set from Krista Wallen.  Visit her entire store full of amazing clipart here.  


  1. Shhhh! I have a secret. I don't like recorders! :-) I keep trying. I keep teaching because they are so awesome for the kiddos. Loved reading about recorder resources!

  2. Your bulletin board looks great! I am a fan of bringing in low E very early, too. It really gets them to drop their jaw and eliminates those one-handed recorder players!

  3. I purchased your Recorder Book, and I am going to try it this year with my 4th graders. However, I am finding it hard to find other resources to go along with it - for example, all of the videos I find online for tutorials show B, or a lot of extra recorder songs are based on BAG. Have you found any other sources from which you supplement?


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