Recorder classes are available to give younger students the opportunity to begin to read music, play real music on the recorder, and understand basic music theory. Students will be taught proper posture, how to read and play music, and instrument care. The recorder class is a great way to introduce your child to basic music principles and basic music appreciation. Available to children age 6 and up, students will learn note recognition and rhythm. By the mid-year recital, they will be able to play several songs on a recorder. This is a great way to prepare your child for beginner band or orchestra.

The recorder classes are limited in size and divided roughly by age and ability. The recorder season is 29 weeks, and culminates in recitals for family rather than concerts. This is less threatening for younger students. Dates for recitals will be posted on our Location and Important Dates page.

Beginner Recorder

This is for students from age 6 and up who know nothing about music or instruments (or who have come up from our Joyful Noisemakers!). The class will include gentle instruction in the basics of reading music, learning notes on the recorder, and playing a variety of simple songs. Students must practice at home to be able to master the music they’re working on in class.

Student requirements: A folding wire stand and “concert dress”. We are changing our Method Book for this class to the Essential Elements Recorder Classroom Instruction book. You can find it at most music stores or order from Amazon. You will also need a recorder that can come apart into 2 or 3 pieces for easy cleaning. Nothing from the dollar store, but when you get the book, look at their recorders too.

Intermediate Recorder

This class builds on what was learned in Beginner Recorder, adding notes and techniques, as well as more complicated rhythms and more advanced music.

Student requirements: A folding wire stand and “concert dress”. We are using Ed Sueta Recorder Method Book Two for this class. You can find it at most music stores or order from Amazon. You will also need a recorder that can come apart into 2 or 3 pieces for easy cleaning. Nothing from the dollar store, but when you get the book, look at their recorders too.

Recorder Classes

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