Articulation and Earning Recorder Belts - A Compromise
Submitted by Becky Luce, New Hampshire
Idea posted 2011-03-16
I use rainbow colors for my 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 above and play "Hot Cross Buns"; earn a bead for your belt if you use tonguing.
- Yellow belt: All techniques above; play "Mary Had A Little Lamb"; get 95% or better on note name test.
After yellow, 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. Yes, I still have to modify for some students, but I'd be doing that anyway.