History of the Recorder

History of the Recorder

Ann Emond
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Leicester Public Schools

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:





General Music


Computer Lab with access to the internet.


60 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

1. The students know how to follow teacher guided links.
2. Specified music terminology: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Bore sizing, Flute, Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture


A worksheet that asks questions about the history of the recorder that the students can research by following the teacher guided links: “Dragon Early Music”: www.earlymusic.gil.com


1. To teach the students how to follow a link so that they can research a topic in a specific area: recorders.
2. To offer information about the development and/or history of the recorder.
3. To see the design of the recorder change over the years and determine when they become part of the orchestra.
4. To be aware of the whole recorder family: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass.


1. At your computer station, access the music folder file on your desktop.
2. Click on the folder and to to the favorites bar at the top of the page in the menu.
3. A recorder history link will appear.
4. Click on the link and begin to answer the questions on the worksheet.



4. The student follows the directions and answers all the questions on the worksheet.
3. The student needs some help in following the directions and answers most of the questions on the worksheet.
2. The student needs lots of help following directions and answers some of the questions on the worksheet.
1. The students does not follow the directions and does not answer any questions on the worksheet.

Follow Up:

In the “Dragon Early Music” website there are links to:
“Original Recorder Players” offering different techniques for playing the recorder.
Prices of various recorders learning to compare recorders.
Pitch: The various ranges of recorders and their timbres.

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