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Greetings, ye weary concert preparation masters! My 4th graders this year are learning the recorder. I have chosen to NOT let them take their recorders home to practice, fearing they won’t return. (I teach in a mostly urban district.) However I’m becoming more and more worried about my concert (in a month) as kids not covering holes and tonguing properly — things which they can only practice in class. I see them once a week for 45 minutes; however this time of year there’s a day off nearly every week!!
Please offer ideas or experiences. THank you in advance!!!
I have my students to a quick self evaluation and score themselves a 1, 2, or 3. The 3’s have it and can teach it. 2’s just need some more practice, and 1’s need major help. After they self assess I have my 3 play the song once or twice to verify their scores. Then I have the 3 group up and teach groups of 2 for review. I then work with the most needy students. I will stop every few minutes and let them practice or quiz each other while I check on the progress of the other groups. This has worked for me very well.
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