Here at Joan Martin Elementary, we learn to play recorders in fourth and fifth grade. The recorder is an affordable wind instrument that is easy to learn and play, helps promote literacy by learning to read music, a good sized instrument for children, helps children gain confidence and learn to work as a group member, and is the perfect instrument for music education at home and at school! The most important reason to play recorder is because it is FUN!
Recorder Karate is a curriculum for learning the recorder. As students become more proficient on their instruments they earn "belts" in the form of ribbons they attached to their recorders. Visit the Recorder Karate page for more information regarding this program.
Click HERE a collection of recorder videos recommended by Mrs. Amsler. You may view them safely from this website by pressing the play button. WARNING: Clicking on the video links will take you to YouTube.com and away from the Hobart website. Please monitor your child's web activities.
RECORDER APPS FOR YOUR iPAD or iPhone
Here are some (free) apps for recorder! Remember to ask for permission from an adult before using or downloading anything.
Ace Recorder by David Coffin- A 3-in-1 guide for beginner recorder players. Learn correct finger positions, 5 popular recorder tunes, watch the notes you play appear on the staff and listen as David plays them back to you.
Play Along Recorder by AtPlayMusic- listens to your playing and helps you play new songs on your recorder. You can share your experience by emailing friends and relatives your recorded session and a copy of the score page, assessing your performance.
AtPlayMusic Recorder Free- With the help of your instructor, Mr. Noteworthy, you will start learning about the recorder, music and how to play it. You are joined by your customized avatar classmate. Together you will learn, play and have fun as you begin your journey into music.