Recorder Composition

Recorder composition

Laura Koski
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Gardiners Ave. School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software




General Music


Computer with notation software, projector, (plus Smart Board if possible).


42 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students can read and play the pitches BAG on recorder, using rhythms of quarter, half, and whole notes (and rests). Students know that 4/4 time signature means 4 beats per measure. Students have also learned about some famous composers.

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 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Evaluating music and music performances.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


See #3, plus recorders


Students will be able to correctly notate 4 measures in 4/4 time, using the pitches BAG and the rhythms quarter, half, and whole notes (and rests). Students will then be able to perform their compositions on recorders.


Explain to class that today they will become composersclass will be composing their own BAG compositions and then perform them on recorders. Show projected image of 4 blank measures in 4/4 time on the treble staff (file previously prepared using notation software).

Teacher demonstrates note entry procedure.

Help students discover that the last note of their composition must be G (teacher can play familiar tunes on the recorder like Hot Cross Buns, Mary Had a Little Lamb, or Twinkleand leave off the last note or change it so students feel how the G–the pitch do–is needed!)

Students take turns coming up to the Smart Board (or computer) to enter a note (B, A, or G in quarter, half, or whole notes), while classmates read and finger silently on their recorders.

When composition is complete, have class double check to see if correct pitches, correct beats per measure, and correct ending have been used. Class performs on recorders.

Repeat until all students have had a turn at the board (or computer). This may need to be continued at the next class period to allow all students to have a turn.


Check for correct pitches used, correct number of beats in each measure, and accurate recorder performance. Teacher evaluates students, and teacher guides students in evaluating themselves and each other.

Follow Up:

Teacher can take class to the computer lab (where notation software is installed) for students to compose their own individual compositions at their own computer station. These can be printed out for students individual recorder practice or shared with the class using the projector.

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