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Recorders at Theiss Elementary
Students learn SO MUCH from playing the recorder!

We start recorders during the spring semester of 4th Grade at Theiss and continue playing them throughout the 5th Grade year.

Recorders are the perfect instrument for this age group because they are affordable, small and light - just keep them in your backpack after you practice, not easily breakable, students don't need to have big fingers or long arms in order to play recorders, and most importantly, with a little bit of practice, they will be SUCCESSFUL!!


Once we start learning to play recorders, we use them during music class almost every time - the only exception is if we are having an assessment and just don't have time to get to recorders too or if there is a special program happening. It is very important that your child has his/her recorder in music class each time they come. Students get behind when they aren't participating with the class. 

                      THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR RECORDER IS IN CLASS IS TO: 
              PUT IT IN YOUR BACKPACK IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRACTICING AT HOME!!!!

Practicing

Left Hand should ALWAYS be on top - no exceptions!

 There are a few really important times to practice at home:
1.  For the first few times we play recorders in class. We are learning MANY new concepts during the first few days and kids need to review those so they don't forget something.
2. When we learn a new note. Must review notes in order to memorize them and their fingerings.
3. When we learn a new song in class.
4. When they feel like they are behind in class. Don't let this become a problem. Practice until you can play whatever it is we're working on.


      If your child is unhappy playing the recorder (or any instrument for that matter), it's usually because they need to practice more. I'm not going to say a minimum number of minutes because everyone is different, but if someone isn't "keeping up with the rest of the class", they need to put it some time outside of class. If they're unsure what to work on, email your child's music teacher - I'm jeshaw@kleinisd.net and Mr. Jones is ejones3@kleinisd.net

I sincerely hope that students learn to love playing a musical instrument - it can be VERY rewarding!!!




Note Names
One of the biggest challenges for students learning to play the soprano recorder is memorizing the note names of the treble clef staff.

It REALLY isn't difficult!

Check out this YouTube song for help:
I Knew You Were Treble


We use this chant in class:

E G B D F
E G B D F
These are the lines of the treble clef.

F A C E
F A C E 
These are the spaces of the treble clef.
Huh!


This website is REALLY helpful in applying knowledge after students are familiar with the note names:
http://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note
There is an iOS app that you can download on iPhones for 99 cents that has a competitive game to help with learning these note names - it's called "Staff Wars" and lots of kids LOVE it!








4th Grade Recorder Packet
4th Grade Recorder Packet
Recorder Karate
Theiss uses the Recorder Karate program for 5th grade. It is a motivating program in which students earn "belts" for playing songs correctly on the recorder. Each child is given paper sheet music during class as we progress through the songs. If they have misplaced any, they can be found here also.

Recorder Karate songs

Recorder Karate songs - purple and black 

Recorder Karate Songs