Lesson Plan for First Recorder Lesson
Submitted by Stephen Wight, Maryville, Tennessee
Idea posted 2011-05-09
My fourths have started recorder, and I feel like I'm the pied piper now. They're just aching to know more! I think I'm going to hold out on them and let them progress little-by-little, so that we work on stuff like tone, posture, and breath support.
My first lesson:
- My chairs were set up like a band - two semicircles, 6 in front, 10 in back.
- We started out without recorders. We practiced how to sit.
- Breathing exercises (each one about 4-5 times)
- - in for 4, out for 4
- - in for 4 and hold
- - in for 4 and hold it, but without closing your throat or mouth (I tell them that should feel like I could drop a string down your mouth and directly into your lungs)
- - in for 4, hold like that for 4, then let it spill in a trickle out of your mouth for 4 (you should have leftovers)
- - in 4, trickle 8
- - in 2, trickle 8
- - in 2, trickle 12
- - in 1, trickle 12, 16, 20, 24. I tell them we won't be ready for the recorders until we can trickle our air for 24 counts.
We had a BLAST! And they loved it, and wanted more!