Upper Elementary
The Arts

Beyond "Hot Cross Buns:" Eight Awesome Recorder Resources

Ah, the recorder! For many teachers, it serves as an excellent means for teaching students about playing an instrument, reading music, and playing together in an ensemble. For some, however, it can be a daunting task. This collection contains eight awesome resources that will inspire you and your students to reach success on this classic instrument!
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Beyond "Hot Cross Buns:" Eight Awesome Recorder Resources
  • Peter Gipson says:
    What great inspiration! This arrangement of a classic Beatles song showcases the sheer beauty a polished recorder player can put together. Students will be in awe of both the beauty of the piece and the use of four different sizes of recorders!
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Recorder Karate is a time-tested curriculum for getting students excited about playing the recorder. Students earn "belts" for each new skill/song they complete, and most importantly learn how to discipline both new skills and practice methods. This has been a HUGE motivator for some of my hard-to-reach students!
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Teaching recorder can be a rewarding learning experience for students, but sometimes it is hard to maintain the enthusiasm students show during the first class into subsequent lessons. Lots of great ideas to be found here for continuing to inspire great results in your students!
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Knowing the notes of the treble clef on a music staff is a necessity for learning how to read recorder music. This very catchy tune, a parody of Taylor Swift's "I Knew Your Were Trouble," was an instant hit with my 4th and 5th-grade students, and helped them easily to remember the names of notes in treble clef!
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Sometimes students want more than just "Hot Cross Buns!" This playlist contains over 200 step-by-step tutorials, sheet music, and playing examples of a wide variety of pop songs, transcribed for the recorder! Have fun!
  • Recorder Hero

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    therecorderwebsite.weebly.com
    Peter Gipson says:
    This website serves as a great template for what your elementary recorder curriculum can look like. I love how the teacher has set up the site to be kid-centered and kid-friendly; there are many great ideas to be found here!
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Minecraft is a tremendously popular computer game with elementary students, and this twist on the "Jeopardy" game gives students a chance to test their knowledge of treble clef notes. My students enjoyed doing this activity both as a class and in small group stations.
  • Peter Gipson says:
    My students thrive on instant feedback when playing instruments, and this website contains two FREE awesome resources, "Recorder Express" and "Recorder Master." My students loved playing games that let them practice beginning recorder notes while also getting instant feedback on their progress. A computer microphone is required, but well worth it!
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