4th Grade Recorder Class

4th Grade Recorders

Here is your guide to Recorder Class Videos & Pictures, Printable Music, 
and Helpful Information & Resources!

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Want More Music to Practice?
Check out these links! 


 Free Recorder Sheet Music, Lessons, & Resources:

8notes.com
This site is awesome! It has TONS of free music at all different levels and in all different styles! 
You can easily look through, listen to, and print the music you like. There are also play along tracks and improvisation practice to use as well! 

RecorderSongs.net
This site offers a wide variety of easy songs with a simple click of the mouse. If you're simply looking for new free songs to play and print, this is the site for you! Upon further exploration of this site, you can also find more challenging music.

FreeScores.com
While being slightly more challenging to navigate, this site is a good resource for more challenging free recorder music. This webpage allows you to look through and print all kinds of classical repertoire for both the soprano and alto recorder, as well as music for recorder ensembles, and recorder and other instruments.

MusicRacer.com
Want to build your speed, accuracy and fluency reading music? Check out this site! Music Racer is a timed game that challenges you to improve your speed and accuracy when reading recorder music. Simply select "recorder" and progress through 3 different levels! Try to make the top 50 list if you can!

4th Grade Recorder Curriculum

There are two fundamental reasons for learning to play the recorder. 
By learning to play a relatively easy woodwind instrument like the recorder, fourth graders become much better prepared to tackle the more challenging wind instruments in a concert band which become available to them in fifth grade. Perhaps more importantly though, through the Recorder Karate Curriculum students learn to read music - a skill that can be used for the rest of their lives. The Recorder Karate Curriculum uses a scaffold approach to learning how to read music and how to play the instrument (each concept builds upon the next – like climbing up a ladder). Every student has the ability to work at a pace that is perfect for him/her while still providing each young musician with a sense of accomplishment.

Students are assessed throughout the unit in various ways from individual playing tests to acquire belts, to notation and playing worksheets, to written quizzes and tests.  

For more detailed information regarding the 4th Grade Recorder Curriculum:

Click HERE

Recorder Karate Belts

For each song or skill the instrumentalist learns, practices, and performs for Ms. Stratton he/she receives a different colored belt to tie around the recorder signifying that student’s current skill level. Student progress is recorded in a Recorder Karate Assessment Rubric. Out of the five mastery skills listed for each song, students must "Meet" or "Exceed" at least three of the five standards to acquire the song's belt.  Each song becomes progressively more challenging and requires more technical skills as well as more fluent music reading skills to master. 

To see a sample Recorder Karate Assessment Rubric:

Click HERE

Instruments and Music Books

Each 4th grader is issued a recorder music book on the first day of recorder class. 
It is each student's responsibility to bring both his/her recorder and music book to every class. Students are also responsible for making sure both their instrument and book are in good, usable condition. New books are availble here to download and print. It is important that each student have his/her own book in order to complete homework assignments and practice!

To print a new 4th Grade Recorder Karate Book,

Click HERE

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

Fourth graders have Recorder Homework every music class. 
Because fourth graders only have music once each week, it is imperative that students practice playing outside of class. Practice does not have to be a big deal. Each song in the Recorder Karate Music Book is relatively short, so a minimum of 5 minutes of practice each day, playing through the song a couple of times without mistakes, or in some other schedule that works for your family should be more than enough for your child to master the song he/she is working on each week and even practice ahead. 

Use the music videos below to make practicing more fun!
Try playing with the recorder in the "Full Recording" versions of each song, then as try playing without the recorder's help using the "Accompaniment Recording" versions!

If you can play along with these videos, you are ready to test for the song's belt!



Hot Cross Buns Variations
White Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Lullaby

Yellow Belt

Full Recording


Accompa niment Recording



Village Drums

Orange Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Oats, Peas, And Beans

Green Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Old MacDonald

Purple Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Tuna Fish Delights Duet

Blue Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording for Part 1
(You can also use this as practice for Part 2)



Accompaniment Recording for Part 2
(You can also use this as practice for Part 1)



Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Red Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Aura Lee

Brown Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Ode To Joy
1st Degree Black Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



A Gypsy Song
2nd Degree Black Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Simple Gifts
3rd Degree Black Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



Arirang
4th Degree Black Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording



A French Duet
Recorder Karate Master Belt

Full Recording


Accompaniment Recording for Part 1
(You can also use this as practice for Part 2)


Accompaniment Recording for Part 2
(You can also use this as practice for Part 1)




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