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Learning a Musical Instrument: Recorder

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

The recorder is a musical instrument that belongs to the woodwind family. It is typically made of wood or plastic and features a cylindrical tube with finger holes and a mouthpiece at one end. The recorder produces sound when the player blows into the mouthpiece and covers or uncovers the finger holes to change the pitch of the notes. The recorder is a popular instrument for beginners, due to its simplicity and ease of use, but it is also a versatile instrument that is used in a wide range of musical genres and styles. The recorder has a long history that can be traced back to medieval times, and it has been used by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Today, the recorder is still widely used in classical music, as well as in folk music and other traditional genres. It is celebrated for its sweet and clear sound, as well as its accessibility and cultural significance.

Learning to play the recorder can have many benefits, both for personal growth and enjoyment, as well as for professional development. Playing the recorder can help to improve breathing control, finger dexterity, and coordination, as well as providing a creative outlet for self-expression and stress relief. Learning the recorder can also help to develop discipline and perseverance, as mastering the instrument requires regular practice and dedication. In addition, playing the recorder can provide a sense of achievement and accomplishment, as well as opportunities for social interaction and collaboration with other musicians. For those interested in pursuing a career in music, learning the recorder can provide a foundation in music theory, ear training, and performance skills, and can open up opportunities for further study and professional development. Overall, learning the recorder can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience that can enhance many aspects of one's life.

Taekwondo Recorder Belts:

In order to make the learning process more interesting for your students, you can introduce it as a taekwondo journey. There are five belt colors (yellow, green, blue, red, and black) and each recorder note is representing one of these colors. Starting from easy notes and learning it up to second-third octave notes. As notes are getting harder, the colors of the belts are changing accordingly (from yellow, green, blue, red, to black). You may also like to prepare wristbands that will represent each color of the belt and students can wear those wristbands while practicing the specific notes. It can be most useful for stations but you can always modify the teaching strategies according to the needs of your students. Please check the following resource: "Posters: Recorder" (it includes posters for recorder fingering chart).

Music Lesson Plans: Developing Recorder Skills


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