Category Archives: Recorders

Issue 47: Teaching by Rote

All music lessons, at every level, in every situation, will probably involve some teaching by rote. For example, at a very simple level: Today, with my youngest class of recorder players (year 3), we spent the last lesson of term learning some simple … Continue reading

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Issue 46: Sun Arise – progress check

I mentioned a while ago that I had chosen this as the whole school song for the end of year music assembly at a local school. It’s going well so far (touch wood, cross my fingers). I have a group … Continue reading

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Issue 37: Writing it Down

One of the best ways to assess how well the children are able to read music notation is to get them to compose their own music. Last week, I did “mini-beasts in the Pease Pudding” with a class of year … Continue reading

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Issue 36: Mini Beasts in the Pease Pudding

The “Pease Pudding Hot, Pease Pudding Cold” song has managed to get itself stuck in my head. This week it surfaced in a beginner recorder lesson in a class where the topic is “mini-beasts”. It is a useful little tune for introducing … Continue reading

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Issue 34: The secret weapon – Wider Opportunities Classes

It very much depends on the instrument, and the age of the class, but I have found that the rate of progress in Wider Opportunities classes often seems to peak in the Spring Term, and then diminish in the Summer Term. … Continue reading

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Issue 33: Pease Pudding and London Bridge

I have made a start on my lesson planning for Wider Opportunities programmes for the coming term. I shall be using these two tunes in my keyboard, clarinet and treble recorder classes, to revise the notes that they already know … Continue reading

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Issue 32: “New Note A”

Keyboards, Clarinets and Treble recorders all start with the notes C D E F and G. There comes a point when you want to venture one note higher, to “new note A”. The obvious choice is good old “Twinkle, twinkle, … Continue reading

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Issue 28: The Game of Four – Warm up and Compostition

This has proved to be a useful warm up for any session involving keeping a steady pulse, and learning to internalise the pulse. As a preparation, do the “counting to eight game” first, to establish a pulse. Now, explain that you … Continue reading

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