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The First Recorder Book: A simple, step-by-step, tested Method for Classroom Recorder Instruction
The First Recorder Book A simple step-by-step tested Method for Classroom Recorder Instruction Author:Dubbe, Marguerite The primary purpose in presenting this method for learning to play the recorder is to make it possible for the regular classroom teacher to present the instrument and the music. Every effort has been made to explain all the musical symbols used, the correct way to hold and to finger the recorder, and the three steps necessary for good tone produ... more »ction.
Whether or not you are especially trained in music, you will be able to present this material. You will find that it is easy to understand, that it is interesting to the children, and that it will give a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of music.
The joy your students will experience from learning to play this instrument will more than compensate you for whatever slight effort you put forth to help them. The fact that they are learning to play a real instrument, not a toy, is a motivation in itself.
The music in this book has been prepared for the C-Soprano recorder. You will find the soprano recorder best suited in size for small hands. Recorders are made with two different fingering patterns, one called German, the other English, or Baroque. It is wise to have all students use the same type of recorder, as this prevents confusion. While the material which follows is prepared for children of the lower grades, there is no reason why it cannot be used with upper grade children. Many schools start pre-instrumental training in third and fourth grades, but in schools which have not had a pre-instrumental program, upper grade children would undoubtedly be enthusiastic about playing one of these fascinating instruments. Do not be dismayed if your class is large. Of course, it is easier to teach fifteen or twenty in a group, but I have had as many as forty-five beginners in one class, and the results have been most satisfactory.« less