Recorder Composer

Recorder Composer

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N.A. Public

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Information Processing




General Music


Computer lab with Finale 2004
MIDI-capable keyboards


2-30 min. Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

basic recorder skills
basic computer skills
minimal knowledge of Finale 2004

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: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating


rhythm instruments


Students will begin a very basic composition that they will perform and will present to a fellow classmate for performance. Assessment will be determined by success of individual performances and follow-up activities.


1. Class will warm-up by playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” (as a group)
2. Each student will enter the first four measures of the song into Finale.( as a practice and review of these skills)
3. Teacher will then assist students in accessing a file that has only the first two measures of the song. Students will then write the next two measures using only notes that they have already learned on the recorder.
4. Students will playback their piece and will make adjustments. (with teacher assistance if necessary)
5.Each student will print out their piece and will perform for the class.


Students will be evaluated by their performance and by completion of the assignment. Teacher will also evaluate the continuation of growth with use of Finale.

Follow Up:

After completing the piece, each student will compose a simple percussion for a partner. They will take turns playing their recorder and percussion parts with each other. All of the songs and percussion parts will then be collected and teacher will create a class songbook for each student.

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