Reply To: First year recorder program- where to start?
I have been teaching recorders for a long time. Building their music vocabulary/literacy in K-2 is essential before you put the recorders in their hands. I use colored recorders from Macie Music, along with neck straps and books from Ed Sueta. The colors help me differentiate instruction and hear small groups perform…”Just the RED recorders play, BLUE do hand motions, GREEN sing! ” it’s great! They have a practice chart in the front of the book that I created. I have used the idea of recorder karate with tying colored yarn around the bottom of the recorders, which they LOVE, but I use my own songs. The Recorder Karate songs are great for older grades (I find). We add percussion, xylophones, singing and movement to most of our songs. Take what you teach in class and turn it into a concert. Or invite parents to come to music class for a day and participate!!! Neckstraps are THE BEST invention ever!