Recorder classes are available to give younger students the opportunity to begin to read music, play real music on the recorder, and understand basic music theory. Students will be taught proper posture, how to read and play music, and instrument care. The recorder class is a great way to introduce your child to basic music principles and basic music appreciation. Available to children age 6 and up, students will learn note recognition and rhythm. By the mid-year recital, they will be able to play several songs on a recorder. This is a great way to prepare your child for beginner band or orchestra.
The recorder classes are limited in size and divided roughly by age and ability. The recorder season is 29 weeks, and culminates in recitals for family rather than concerts. This is less threatening for younger students. Dates for recitals will be posted on our Location and Important Dates page.
Instructor: Laurel Wilbanks
11:30-12:00 (11:00-11:30 if needed) for half-hour classes
Beginner Recorder: This is for students from age 6 and up who know nothing about music or instruments (or who have come up from our Joyful Noisemakers!). The class will include gentle instruction in the basics of reading music, learning notes on the recorder, and playing a variety of simple songs. Students must practice at home to be able to master the music they’re working on in class.
Student requirements: A folding wire stand and “concert dress”. Students may order their “Be a recorder star” book and recorder from Macie Publishing, but we recommend ordering as a group to save shipping fees. We’ll be in touch in August to find out what you want to order. Be prepared to pay for your materials the first day of class.
Intermediate and Advanced Recorder
12:00-12:30 Advanced for half-hour classes
12:30-1:00 Intermediates for half-hour classes
Intermediate Recorder: This class builds on what was learned in Beginner Recorder, adding notes and techniques, as well as more complicated rhythms and more advanced music.
Student requirements: A folding wire stand and “concert dress”. Students may order their Method Book 1 book and recorder from Macie Publishing, but we recommend ordering as a group to save shipping fees. We’ll be in touch in August to find out what you want to order. Be prepared to pay for your materials the first day of class.
Advanced Recorder: Again, building on what we’ve learned at the intermediate level, we attempt rounds, various harmonies and also learn to play some of our consort recorders. We have Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass consort Recorders. Students playing at this level are true musicians. You will be amazed at your student’s abilities.
Student requirements: A folding wire stand and “concert dress”. Your music will be provided, as well as your instruments.