Tonguing and Extra Recorder Karate Belts
Submitted by Becky Luce, New Hampshire
Idea posted 2011-01-21
I use rainbow colors for my Recorder Karate belts, and the first three are easy to earn, making it possible for every student to earn Red, Orange, and Yellow Belts.
- Red Belt: Show left hand on top, good posture and play b, a, g with a pretty sound.
- Orange Belt: All of the Red Belt requirements and play "Hot Cross Buns." Earn a bead for your belt if you use tonguing properly.
- Yellow Belt: All of the Red and Orange Belt requirements and play "Mary Had A Little Lamb." Get 95% or better on note name test.
After the Yellow Belt, everything must be correctly articulated.
I fully agree that it is a basic technique (and we're constantly working on it, etc.), but given all the processes that kids need to use when playing a recorder, and given all the kids I have who deal with learning challenges of all sorts, I try to make the first three belts as attainable for everyone as I can.