December 6, 2017
Dear Third Grade Parent,
In January we will begin playing recorders in music class. Recorders are useful for teaching several concepts in music: note reading, rhythm reading, phrasing, breath control, eye/hand coordination, and fine motor skills. They are also a great transition into band or chorus in middle school because they teach students how to read notes and follow a melodic line. The third grade students will begin playing the recorder this year and will continue using them in fourth grade. Being able to play songs “all by myself” gives students a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Students will be given recorder papers which must be kept in a notebook. The materials in the notebook will enable the student to practice their recorders when they are not in class. Each third grade student will need to purchase a recorder and practice at home in order to progress through their book. Students earn “belts” on their recorders as they play certain benchmark songs. The songs increase in difficulty as they move from white belt to black belt.
What you can do to help with this process:
- Order a high-quality recorder: Yamaha YRS 20B (See the form below)
- Encourage daily practice, listen to songs, encourage correct playing, and help correct mistakes.
- “Left Hand on Top.” The first 3 songs we learn on the recorder are played with the left hand. Once these songs are learned, we add two notes with right hand below the left. If your child is using the right hand on top, remind her/him to save the right hand for the harder notes on the bottom.
Stephanie Brewer, Simis Music
*If you are unable to afford a recorder, but would like one to practice at home, please fill this form out anyway.
I will take orders for a bulk purchase of recorders.
Please click on the link if you would like an order form or you can contact Mrs. Abel for a copy.