I teach general music to students in grades K-5 at a public elementary school in the Heights area of Billings, Montana. My students are eager to learn more about music and improve their skills as musicians. Due to space constraints within my school building, I do not have a separate music classroom. Instead, I push my needed materials around on a cart and go into each individual classroom to teach music.
The fourth grade students are looking forward to playing recorders this year.
It is a music milestone that they highly anticipate. The fourth graders will even have the opportunity to perform a recorder concert for their families later in the school year to showcase their amazing recorder playing!
As part of the music curriculum in my school district, all fourth grade students learn how to play the recorder. Skills such as reading rhythms, understanding how a note on the staff correlates to a specific fingering on an instrument, keeping a steady beat, and producing a beautiful tone may all be effectively practiced and improved through playing a recorder.
Many of the skills gained by playing the recorder directly transfer to playing a band or orchestra instrument in fifth grade.
This year about two-thirds of the current fifth grade students chose to play an instrument in band or orchestra. The skills gained by playing the recorder are very beneficial to a student's musical development.
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