Form in Recorder Music

Form in recorder music

Marilyn Hostetler
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Jamestown Public Schools

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:





General Music


The software program, “PrintMusic”, (lab pack)


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students will know how to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder.
Students will know and understand basic rhythmic notation, rhythms in 4/4 time, reading music using the pitches of G, A, B.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.


Computer for each student as well as the teacher
Recorder music of Hot Cross Buns, one for each person


The students will notate the notes, GAB, using eight notes, quarter notes and half notes,using PrintMusic on their computer.
Students will identify the different sections of Hot Cross Buns using letters to represent each section.
Students will recognize the form AB, or variations of, when presented on a single staff, treble clef sheet of music.
Students will compose a measure, using the notes G,A,B (treble clef) and rhythm values of half notes, and eighth notes, in 4/4 time.


1. On their recorder music, students will be asked to circle the first 2 measures of the song.
2. The teacher will ask the students to circle any other two measures, which look exactly like them in the music.
3. Students will be told to label each pair of circled measures, A. Write the A over the first measure of each pair.
4. The teacher will ask how many measures are not circled. Students will be asked what letter could be used to label this one and why. Teacher will guide the discussion to the definition of the form of AB. Students will label the third measure as B.
5. On their computers, students will be asked to copy the first 4 measures of Hot Cross Buns onto a staff, using PrintMusic.
6. Students will then be asked to create a measure, using the notes G, A,B, 1 half note, and 4 eighth notes. They will label this section as C.
7. Students will then be asked to follow section C on their piece of music by writing in the notes for section A.
8. By using copy and paste, the students will be asked to create another song from their version of Hot Cross Buns, including section C, but changing around the order of the sections.


4 (Exceeds) Completion of task, correct rhythmic notation in every measure, correct notes, composition is musical, with a flow.
3 (Meets) Completed 1-7, with a good start on 8. A few misplaced notes, no more then 3 would be allowed. Rhythm values are correctly placed.
2 Completed the composition part of 7 but did not put the final A section in. Had difficulty placing notes and note values on staff.
1. – Had difficulty placing notes on staff, could not get past 5.

Follow Up:

The teacher prints out the students compositions and hands them out in class. Students form groups to play their compositions, featuring solos, duets, and quartets to highlight the different sections.

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