Recorder: Rainy Day Blues

Suzanne Bailey
rid24923@ride.ri.net
Steere Farm Elementary School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Sequencing

Level:

Elementary

Class:

General Music

Equipment:

Cakewalk Sequencing Program

Duration:

15 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students should know how to play the notes B, A and G.

Students should know how to read the notes B, A and G in standard music notation.

Students should be familiar with the repeat sign and its function.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

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

NAfME 2014: Performing 

Materials:

Recorders

Rainy Day Blues by Michael Katz

Overhead Transparency of Rainy Day Blues

Cakewalk Sequencing Software

Objectives:

Students will be able to play the song Rainy Day Blues along with the accompaniment created by sequencing software.

Procedures:

1) Review the note fingerings of B, A and G on the recorder.

2) Review how to read the notes and rhythms on the treble staff.

3) Review the Rainy Day Blues phrase by phrase using call and response.

4) Model how the song Rainy Day Blues would be played along with the accompaniment.

5) Have students as a group play along with the accompaniment for the first 12 measures of the melody.

6) Troubleshoot rhythms and pitches.

7) Review the meaning of the repeat signs. Demonstrate how to navigate through the melody using the overhead visual.

8) Students play the song Rainy Day Blues along with the accompaniment while the teacher demonstrates with a pointer their place in the music.

9) If there is time, give students a chance to play by themselves with the accompaniment.

Evaluation:

Rubric

4) Student is able to play along with the accompaniment perfectly and with good sound.

3) Student is able to play along with the accompaniment with only a few missed notes and good sound.

2) Student is having some trouble keeping with the accompaniment. Student is missing many notes.

1) Student is not able to play the song along with/ or without the accompaniment.

Follow Up:

This lesson can be done with any song for which an accompaniment using sequencing software has been created.

A recording of the accompaniment can be sent home with the students for additional practice.

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