Recorder Compositions

Recorder Composition

Denise Domotor
[email protected]
Bangor Area School District

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software




General Music


Computers with Finale Notepad


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic Notepad function including open document, simple entry, save file, print.
Note and rest values including eighth note, quarter note half note whole note, quarter rest, half rest, whole rest.
Pitches B, A, G and their placement on the treble clef staff.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

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: Evaluating music and music performances.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Right click to download the Finale NotePad file

LCD Projector (computer projector) – ideally this lesson is done as a group.

Attached Finale File, “Recorder Worksheet.mus” (Use only page 2 of this document.)


Using Finale Notepad, students will create an eight measure composition using eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, quarter rests, half rests, and whole rests using pitches B, A and G on the treble clef staff.
Assignment will be collected and assessed by teacher.


1. Students open Finale Notepad – 2 minutes
2. Students pen Recorder Composition Template – 3 minutes
3. Teacher and students read lesson instructions on template for required elements – 5 minutes
4. Teacher and students review simple entry of all notes included in lesson objectives. – 10 minutes
5. Students enter notes for composition – 15 minutes
6. Students print copies of their composition – 5 minutes
7. Teacher collect compositions


Teacher will evaluate each composition for required elements before next students’ next music class.

Follow Up:

Teacher selected compositions will be copied to overhead transparency and performed by students in next music class.

Items to Purchase:

Finale Music Notation Software or the free program, Finale Notepad available at

When budget should be submitted:

August, 2008

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