Music Education: Recorders

The material on this site was developed by a teacher for both classroom teachers, with little or no music experience, and for the music specialist. This item is a self-standing book so music stands are not necessary. Schools, universities, and groups may request a free review copy.

Free items that come with a classroom order:
-Set of classroom fingering charts to print and display
-Reproducible Exercise Booklet
-Lesson Plan Booklet with simple Winter Concert pieces
-Rubric for assessing progress
-Worksheet to assess notes and fingerings
-Available in choice of two covers; please specify when you order


Recorders are traditionally played with other recorders or consort instruments and/or rhythm instruments. So piano accompaniment is not provided or encouraged. Instead, engage students in creating their own ways of making the music more interesting. Some ideas: play an intro on percussion; sing a verse; play in unison first and then as a round or duet with percussion; play a simple ostinato on xylophone or glockenspiel; create accompaniment on autoharp, dulcimer, or ukulele.


For bulk purchases of soprano (or alto) recorders, I recommend the baroque Angel soprano recorder in a blue case from Peripole. It is an excellent instrument at an affordable price.

High schools could consider starting a recorder ensemble for fine arts credit. Junior highs could consider an alto recorder class and perform SA and AA duets and trios using the music available from this site.


Elementary Music Education: CHIME TIME: Music for the Primary Classroom