The recorder might not have the best reputation but is actually a great instrument! It provides a really good introduction to the fundamentals of music, they’re super cheap to buy, and it’s fairly easy to master the basics. If you want to get started teaching recorder then here are some of the best resources for recorder lessons. Your students will love them too!
If you’re looking for a great curriculum for teaching recorder, then definitely check out Recorder Karate. Perfect for group lessons as well as individuals, students work through different levels of songs to earn their Recorder Karate belts. Very motivational!
Have a look at my Recorder Karate Pinterest Board for more ideas!
There are some great options for supplementary recorder music. Here are some worth exploring:
- Easy Pop Melodies for Recorder
- Medieval and Renaissance Music for Recorder
- Celtic Tunes for Recorder
- Selections from Star Wars for Recorder
- Selections from Harry Potter for Recorder
This is easily my favourite app for recorder students: easy to play, good graphics, and a fun concept. Download it for iPad here.
Recorder players will also benefit from any apps which focus on developing rhythm (check out The Best Rhythm Apps for iPad). Apps that help improve note reading can also be helpful, just remember to choose the correct note range (here are some of The Best Note Reading Apps for iPad).
Plus see more of the Best Apps for Recorder Players.
The best YouTube channel for recorder players! At Team Recorder you’ll find tutorials to improve skills (at any level), playalongs, tips for buying instruments, explorations of different styles and eras, and reviews.
Sarah Jeffery has a genuine love for the recorder, and a great sense of humour! Definitely worth checking out.
Some of my favourites:
- 10 Reasons the Recorder is Amazing!
- Which Recorder Should You Buy?
- How to Play ALL the Notes on the Recorder
- 6 Styles of Music Practice
- Top 10 Recorder Hacks
Jungle All the Way
Games are a great way to help kiddos learn musical concepts, and the Jungle All the Way board game covers note names, basic rhythm, and recorder fingering. Download it from the Free Resource Library. For free! Obviously.
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