Third graders spend the year learning to play the recorder.
Here are the worksheets we use in class:
Recorder Lesson 1
Description: Simple whole note songs using B A and G. Click here for play-along videos for each exercise!
1. Make sure your kids are playing with their left hand on the top. (The RH must eventually be used at the bottom of the recorder in order to reach that bottom hole. Students who practice with their RH on top have a REALLY hard time breaking the habit.)
2. If the recorder squeaks, it is either because they are blowing too hard, or because one of the holes is not covered all the way.
3. The thumb should always cover that hole in the back of the recorder, or all the notes will sound the same.
4. Students should whisper "doo" or "too" into the recorder to make a sound. (not hoo.)
5. Cheeks should not be puffed.
6. The notes we are working on are B, A, and G. The fingering charts are in student's folders. You can quiz them on these.
7. Students are practicing hot cross buns. Once they have it, they can practice along with the recording I made.
Hot cross Buns Play Along Track
8. Students can also practice improvising (making up songs) using BAG. I've made a few play along tracks that makes this lots of fun for the kids.
Improvise on B or G
Improvise on BAG Slow
Improvise on BAG fast
Improvise on BAG Reggae
Songsheet 1 includes several songs students can play on B, A, and G.
Songs: Hot Cross Buns, Au Clair de la Lune, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Closet Key
Recorder Lesson 2
Notes: BAG CD
Description: Simple whole and quarter note songs using B, A, G, and new notes C and D. Also, Jingle Bells, Good King Wenceslas and Dreydl.
Notes: D, C, B, A, G, F, E, D
Songs: Sad Hot Crossed Buns, D Dorian Scale, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star-Phrygian Mode, Canoe Song (My Paddle)
This recorder video shows how to play hot crossed buns. Si is what we call B or Mi, La is what we call A or re, and sol is what we call G or Do.
Here are some YouTube videos I made to help teach students how to play recorder.