The recorder is a nifty little musical instrument. This predecessor of the flute has been around for hundreds of years. The modern
plastic version is inexpensive (available in music stores for around $5-$20) and easy to care for. My favorite recorder is the Aulos recorder. (You’ll want to get the Baroque fingering in the blue bag.) Soprano recorders are about a foot long; the finger holes are comfortably spaced--even for
Maria Augusta Trapp, of Sound of Music fame, wrote in her inspiring family oriented book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers: "...The recorder is the
ideal instrument for any adult whose childhood musical education has been neglected. If someone discovers on his fiftieth birthday that he should have taken
piano or violin lessons while in school, he will hardly want to start then, for fear of not getting very far; but he will always miss it--to be able to 'make music' himself. That's
where the recorder comes in handy. After six weeks of faithful practicing, even the oldest pupil can play folk tunes very nicely...There are untold riches in that little instrument."
Some people wonder about the pros and cons of piano vs. recorder. Both instruments are great to learn. There will be no confusion because the recorder and the piano are so different
but both reinforce the same music reading skills. Children enjoy the opportunity to learn a wind instrument as well as the piano. (One advantage of the recorder is that it is much easier to carry
around or take on a trip.)
For those who don't own a piano, the recorder is an affordable alternative. Lessons are optional. Most children are ready for the recorder around age eight to ten, perhaps earlier if
they have a strong desire for music. And as Maria Trapp said, it's never too late to learn. So this is an ideal instrument for adults as well as children. (Click here to get tips for adults.)
Much of the music written for recorder quickly becomes too difficult for
children and for adults with no background in reading music. The New Nine-Note Recorder Method and the abbreviated The Quick Nine-Note Recorder Method use only the nine easiest notes to play and simple rhythms. Not only is the music easy, it is mostly duets and trios. Folk songs, multicultural songs,
classic melodies, and Christmas carols are waiting for your family to experience together. You may also purchase and play these supplemental volumes using only the nine easiest notes: Christmas Duets for Recorder,
Easy Duets for Christians,
Easy Duets for Catholics, or
Easy Duets for Latter-day Saints
. What fun ways for the family to make music!
Bring "untold riches" to your family by purchasing soprano recorders for everyone and these
fun books of two- and three-part songs. Soon your family will be making beautiful music together wherever you are.
Visit this page for
classroom and music teachers. Read answers to frequently asked questions. Free music to print. To continue learning soprano recorder, purchase BEYOND the Nine-Note Recorder Method to learn 12 more notes.