Leather Strips With Beads For Recorder Karate
Submitted by Patricia Oeste, NBCT, Conway, Arkansas
Idea posted 2002-03-21
I have used a few variations. First, I did the colored yarn around the neck thing. I tied the yarn right under the mouthpiece. I didn't like it that well, because as the strands were added, it seemed to get shorter and more cumbersome. THEN, I tried to put it around the "bell" at the bottom of the recorder. They would braid the colors and it was quite lovely.
This year, I have used a thin piece of leather, and we are doing beads. I tied the leather strip around the bottom of the recorder - around the bell. The beads then dangle and look very attractive. I have all of the karate colors (I do white, yellow, green, blue, red, brown, black) on one side, then on the other side are extra beads for: recorder ensemble, solos, attending extra rehearsals, tutoring, and composing their own piece. I like this system best of all. One problem though, when they take their recorder home, some of them have lost their beads. I just tell them they get one set and I can't be replacing beads if they are careless!
This is an explanation of the "other" side of special beads. Here is what I do:
- Black Metallic - Orff Group (select 19 students)
- Green Metallic - Tutor bead
- Blue Metallic - Solo bead
- White Metallic - Duet bead (currently doing quartets with ALL four recorders - sop/alto/ten/bass - really COOL!)
- Gold - Extra rehearsals (above and beyond rehearsals, like on President's Day when there was no school, but we rehearsed for three hours!)
- Silver - Bead for a special group of six students that have learning difficulties. This is my very favorite group.
- Gold Flecked - Bead for writing a recorder composition
- Silver Flecked - Bead for those overachievers who have figured out how to play two recorders at once... IN HARMONY!