Intro to the Recorder

Intro to the Recorder

M. Nicole Beard
[email protected]
Leonardtown Elementary School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:





General Music


Desk-top computer, LED Overhead Projector, MS PowerPoint, Internet, speakers


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic Rhythm patterns: eighth and quarter notes, quarter rests

Instrument Families

Instrumental and Vocal Performances/Observations

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

NAfME 2014: Connections


Right-click to download the recorder presentation (Powerpoint file)

Individual copies of recorder fingering chart

Hard copies of “Hot Cross Buns”

Music Portfolio Folder with lined paper for taking notes as needed

All equipment listed in #3 above

Soprano Recorders


3rd Grade:

Students will view a PP presentation and video on the evolution of the recorder through history.

Students will learn recorder fingerings for G, A, B.

Students will play “Hot Cross Buns” on the soprano recorder.


A. Live demonstration of recorder for students – 5 min

B. Brief statement of lesson objectives and introduction of

PP presentation – 5 min

C. PP Presentation – approx. 20 minutes

D. Pre-set “experiment points” within PP presentaion:

1. Id/matching finger numbers and recorder holes – 5 min

2. Free Individ. Practice “Hot Cross Buns” -10 min

E. Individual and class performances of G,A,B and song

– remainder of class time


Students will volunteer to play G, A and B as a solo.

Students will play “Hot Cross Buns” as a class.

Students will describe/discuss the history of the recorder .

Follow Up:

Extension activities:

Music staff pitch id puzzles

Create/Improvise a melody using G, A, B, quarter/eighth notes and quarter rests

Music Ace – Intro to the staff

Items to Purchase:

Music Ace software (optional) – $49.95 +S/H

When budget should be submitted:


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