The third graders have spent the year learning to read rhythms and the notes on the treble staff. The next step is for them to have their very own instrument to play. This is the first year they were taught to read music and they keep asking when they will receive their recorders!
Everyday the students enter my classroom 100% themselves.
Some of them sit quietly and listen to every instruction. Others need a little bit of a push to keep them in the right direction. Still others need a lot of care and attention. All of them, however, are able to learn and participate in class. I am fortunate in that the students at my school are not shy about singing and participation in music. I work at an elementary school serving a mixed economic population. Some of the families would be able to purchase their student a recorders. However, this is not the case for all families. I feel strongly that this is a resource that should come from the school- not from the home.
Each student will have their own recorder to use in class. Recorders will be handled with respect. Students will learn to play beginner songs on the recorder such as "Hot cross buns," "Ode to Joy," and other favorites. We need 73 recorders to solidify my students' music reading skills and prepare them for playing band instruments. Using the Recorder Karate curriculum (already purchased by the school) the students will be able to test for a song and progress through the different colored belts. There will also be songs that the students will learn and play as a class. The school already owns fun jazzy songs for recorders with a CD accompaniment. At the May concert the students will be able show off their note reading skills by performing a song or two for the whole school. What an accomplishment! This will also get the second graders excited for what is coming next year.
The classroom is currently stocked with about 20 old recorders that are in various stages of disrepair.
These are what the students who are not able to purchase a recorder would be condemned to using. However, I strongly believe that a recorder should be provided to all students. This is an essential music learning tool and the students love them. Once a student has learned the music reading basics on the recorder they are able to easily and happily transfer the knowledge to bands instruments.Read More
|YRS-24B Soprano Recorder with Baroque Fingering • Woodwind and Brasswind||$4.99||73||$364.27|
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