What great inspiration! This arrangement of a classic Beatles song showcases the sheer beauty a polished recorder player can put together. Students will be in awe of both the beauty of the piece and the use of four different sizes of recorders!
Recorder Karate is a time-tested curriculum for getting students excited about playing the recorder. Students earn "belts" for each new skill/song they complete, and most importantly learn how to discipline both new skills and practice methods. This has been a HUGE motivator for some of my hard-to-reach students!
Teaching recorder can be a rewarding learning experience for students, but sometimes it is hard to maintain the enthusiasm students show during the first class into subsequent lessons. Lots of great ideas to be found here for continuing to inspire great results in your students!
Knowing the notes of the treble clef on a music staff is a necessity for learning how to read recorder music. This very catchy tune, a parody of Taylor Swift's "I Knew Your Were Trouble," was an instant hit with my 4th and 5th-grade students, and helped them easily to remember the names of notes in treble clef!
Sometimes students want more than just "Hot Cross Buns!" This playlist contains over 200 step-by-step tutorials, sheet music, and playing examples of a wide variety of pop songs, transcribed for the recorder! Have fun!
This website serves as a great template for what your elementary recorder curriculum can look like. I love how the teacher has set up the site to be kid-centered and kid-friendly; there are many great ideas to be found here!
Minecraft is a tremendously popular computer game with elementary students, and this twist on the "Jeopardy" game gives students a chance to test their knowledge of treble clef notes. My students enjoyed doing this activity both as a class and in small group stations.
My students thrive on instant feedback when playing instruments, and this website contains two FREE awesome resources, "Recorder Express" and "Recorder Master." My students loved playing games that let them practice beginning recorder notes while also getting instant feedback on their progress. A computer microphone is required, but well worth it!