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Recorder Karate is a method that was created by Teresa Jennings of Music K8. This method allows the player to learn simple melodies on a Soprano Recorder at their own pace. The classic "Hot Cross Buns" represents the player's white belt. After they have played their white belt, they go on to their yellow belt which is the folk song "Gently Sleep". Recorder Karate black belts are able to successfully play all previous colored belts and end with "Ode To Joy". Recorder Karate is a widely successful and adopted method throughout CMS and is nationally recognized as a fun and reliable way to introduce young musicians to the recorder. Students who play recorder in elementary school are more prepared to join music ensembles when they reach middle school.
Here are a few handy tips that will make recorder playing easy, fun, and a perfect first instrument your child:
4th Grade Recorder
Students in 4th grade will be participating in the Recorder Karate Method. They will be given Recorder Karate music to practice at home. Please put music in a folder and keep their recorder in a case.
All students need to have a recorder for classroom and home practice. Students are to bring this recorder and their music to school each music day. If they forget their recorder on a music day, they will borrow a classroom recorder without the mouth piece, focusing on fingerings. If a student is unable to purchase a recorder, a school issued recorder will be provided to them for home and school practice to be returned at the end of the year.
5th Grade Recorder
5th grade recorder players who wish to continue playing recorder and working through the Recorder Karate Method may do so! Morning practice and belt passing times will be made available from 7:30am to 7:55am. Please see the sign in the front of the music room when you arrive in the morning.
How to Buy a Recorder 101
*Go to any local music store and ask for a Yamaha 20 Series. Any color is fine! Neck straps and cases are optional, but can be very helpful.
*Amazon has a wide array of recorders (good and bad ones), so please be choosey. The Yamaha 20 Series is available in multiple colors for $5.
*If you want to try a different recorder than the Yamaha 20 Series, then please be sure your search for the following:
Soprano, Baroque, Key of C
Want to buy a recorder online?
Purchase a Recorder from Mrs. Escalante for $3
Peripole Recorders -great to help avoid squeaking!
Music & Arts Yamaha Various Colors Recorder
Music & Arts Yamaha White Recorder
Amazon Green Yamaha Recorder
add on item for $5
Amazon White Yamaha Recorder
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