Aura Lee Notation and Recorder Performance

Aura Lee Notation and Recorder Performance

Erin Taylor
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Nichols Elementary School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments




General Music


Sibelius 3
Yamaha Keyboard


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic knowledge of the staff, G clef, line notes and space notes. Activity of naming line and space notes as letter names on a student worksheet. Basic recorder skills and playing the notes B A G C and D routinely in songs.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.


Worksheets created from Sibelius 3, pencils, erasers, recorders and books to lean on.
Board and chalk for teacher demonstration and class activity.
Book- Modern Classroom Recorder by: Sandy Feldstein
Warner Bros. Publications


The students will complete a worksheet by writing letter names of the notes from the traditional folk song Aura Lee.
The students will play this song on their soprano recorders using their worksheets for the music.
The students will play along with the recorded accompaniment of Aura Lee from the Yamaha Keyboard songbank.


5 minutes- The students will come in and settle down for the lesson of the day. Then I will explain what will be done in today’s lesson beginning with a review from last lesson.
5 minutes- Review on the board how to draw a G clef while having students verbally explain directions. Have one or two students come up and draw an example. Then review the note names of the line and space notes of the treble clef. Remind the students of sentences or words that will help them remember the order of the notes.
15 minutes- Next, pass out worksheets and pencils to the students and have them take out the books from underneath their chairs to lean on. Explain what the worksheet is for and what they are to complete. Tell the students that they can use the board as a reference for writing in the note names. Have them complete the assignment and circulate the room for assisitance. When the students are done collect the pencils and have them place the books back under their seats.
10 minutes- Have them keep the worksheets in their lap and take out their recorders and put them in rest position. Teach the notes to the students by verbally announcing the note names as they finger the notes (with recorder on their chin).Then as a class play the song with listening cues and counting of the whole note at the end. Play through a few times to secure notes, rhythm and counting.
5 minutes- Have the students listen to the recording of Aura Lee from the keyboard songbank to hear the melody and accompaniment. Then have them prepare themselves to play and tell them that I will cue them when to play the melody. Play through a few times until they are secure with it and have the tempo set in their head while playing.
Review sentences and words for note name acitivity for future learning.


The students completed a worksheet on the note names of Aura Lee to use along with their playing of recorder. They were corrected for accuracy by myself during class before they were used for playing. The students were graded on class participation for playing of Aura Lee themselves and playing along with the recording.

Follow Up:

In the next few lessons I can review the sentences for letter names of notes in the treble clef and do board examples as a class. Other lessons might include students writing in letter names on worksheets for other songs they are learning on recorder. The lessons may include the students playing along with recordings or myself playing the chords and melody as they play.

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