Today in music we started our recorder unit. Below is some information about how - and why - we use recorders in music class.
- Although recorders get a bad reputation, they can be a beautiful instrument and a fantastic learning tool. Recorders are a more complex instrument than others that we use in the music room, as they are controlled by breath (sound), tonguing (rhythm), and fingers (pitch). As students have more time to practice, and become more self-aware of, the coordination of these three elements, the better they will become.
- Students have been told to be ambassadors of these instruments. If students bring their recorder home to practice, insist that they are practicing musical sounds. Set up an appropriate area, and time, in the home to practice. Have students store their recorders in their backpacks so they remember to bring them back to school.
- We are practicing songs with the notes D, E, G, A, and B. Students have been encouraged to practice these notes: individually on rhythms, playing them as a scale, and making up songs.