My students begin to learn the recorder in 2nd Grade. We begin learning “B” which is played with the left hand using the thumb and first finger. Along with the fingering, the students learn how to read music. They continue the recorder through 4th grade and by then most students are really good at the recorder and reading music.
Some Interesting Things to Know About the Recorder:
1-The recorder is the most highly developed member of the ancient family of duct flutes.
2-The oldest existing picture of a recorder is from 1315.
3-The oldest surviving complete instrument dates from as early as the mid-thirteenth century. It is worth almost $1,000,000!
4-During the fifteenth century, instrument makers began producing choirs of recorders and other instruments in many sizes.
5-During the Baroque Period in Music History (1600-1750) the recorder became an important solo instrument. Several events took place during this time, the birth of opera, the start of major and minor sounds in music and the development of the modern orchestra. The recorders were members of the orchestra at this time. Shortly after this popularity, the flute came along and the recorder disappeared because everyone wanted to play the flute. The flute was louder and had more notes.
6-The recorder reappeared in Germany in the 1890’s. Peter Harlan taught all of his young students the recorder, so they could learn how to make music. The recorder’s popularity spread to the United States in the early 1900s. Instruments were made cheaper and became more readily available to students. They are used in many classrooms throughout the world.
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT LEARNING THE RECORDER:
- Learning how to play the recorder requires music reading. The language of music can be described as a foreign language that combines math, science, sound and symbols.
- Playing any instrument demands a tremendous amount of coordination. When you play the recorder you will be breathing with your lungs, reading music with your eyes, playing notes and sounds by moving your fingers, while sitting up or standing straight.
- The main reason I teach students how to play recorder is because playing music is FUN!
This cache is NOT at the listed coordinates. To figure out the coordinates of this cache, you must count the holes that are covered for each note in the music below:
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N 35 _ _ . _ _ _ W 080_ _ . _ _ _
Remember you are counting the holes that are covered for the music above.
FTF is TeamZ-MintHill,NC
This cache was placed by a member of the
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