The last few weeks at Musicplay we have been focusing on teaching tips for recorder. We posted many videos on our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts on how to teach hand placement, make a legato sound, and a recorder warm-up. This week we will share some strategies for your students who need the added challenge. See below for some ideas, tips and resources from Musicplay for your advanced recorder students:
Add a “Soprano 2” Option:
Have a second melody line available for students to play. This option is available in the Recorder Kit Level Two. Those students who are ready and can read the second line can give it a try. The students also enjoy hearing the different harmony this creates.
Did you know there are duet parts available for the Recorder Kit Level One resource? If you already own this resource, send the Musicplay Team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a copy!
The Recorder Kit Level 2 has a transposed alto recorder option. Students can use the same fingering as the soprano recorder, but play on the Alto. Again – this creates some fun harmony for the students. Themes and Variations also has a NEW Alto Recorder Resource and Alto Recorders available to order (alto recorders only available in Canada).
Give students an opportunity to play as a group with others. Students can be assigned parts at their level, giving those students who need more challenge an opportunity to try something new. This can be in class, or do a recorder group/club over a lunch hour. Below are some ensemble resources available from Themes and Variations. Click on each cover to learn more about these great products!