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What grade do you teach? I usually start recorder in grade 4 but you could probably do grade 3 if it's a good group of kids. There are lots of good beginner books that come with a play-along CD. I like "Complete Recorder Resource" by Denise Gagne. Easy to use and the kids like it. You might also want to google something called recorder karate.

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ssgodin 09-04-2010 05:03 AM

another easy to make items is rhythm sticks, lots of different music and lessons can be done with rythm sticks and can be done for all ages. A home store will cut dowels any size you want, and you can paint them.

multigrade 10-16-2009 03:43 PM

That site REALLY has a lot, doesn't it? Now I have a direction to go.
Thanks.

FancyFish 10-16-2009 08:24 AM

Check out something called "Boomwackers". They are tubes that you can bang on just about anything to make music. There are some good books about using boomwackers. Also check out http://www.christmasconcert.com. There are really good song and action/movement song books for younger kids that come with a CD. You can find things for boomwackers here too. Younger kids also love rhythm band instruments - various teacher stores and catalogs sell sets of these.

multigrade 10-15-2009 04:58 PM

We have 18 children 5-11. I think I did recorder in 4th, too.
What could be done with younger children? Any ideas?

FancyFish 10-15-2009 03:50 PM

What grade do you teach? I usually start recorder in grade 4 but you could probably do grade 3 if it's a good group of kids. There are lots of good beginner books that come with a play-along CD. I like "Complete Recorder Resource" by Denise Gagne. Easy to use and the kids like it. You might also want to google something called recorder karate.

multigrade 10-15-2009 02:38 PM

I teach in a young, small private school without 'extras'. I love music and was wondering about starting a music program. I remember using recorders in elem. school and LOVED IT. Is this a good place to start? I play the piano and could brush up on the recorder. (My children played when they were young.)

Is this a good place to start? How would YOU start? There isn't much time or money for such 'unimportant things' (!), but I REALLY want to try.

Thanks for any suggestions.




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