Monday, April 30, 2012

Visual Note Playing

Tomorrow I will start another homeschool class - Recorder Karate 101.  I briefly mentioned this in a previous post, but thought I would share a bit about what I will be doing.  Each of the classes over a 6-week period will last an hour and a half.  During the class I will pack in information about the recorder - it's history, how to take care of it, how to hold it and obviously how to play it.  I will also include lots of games and activities to reinforce rhythm and notes on the staff. 

As a way to give them some extra visuals, I included a brief "cut and paste" project. 

Here is a look at some of the supplies I used, but to give you a list, I made the staves and blank recorder sheets on the computer and cut them to fit on these "cards".  I put them together ahead of time because I wanted the focus to be on the notes and which holes on the recorder to cover, rather than worrying about the kids getting them put together correctly.  I also put the letters on   1 1/2 inch square labels so they were easy to peel and stick.  Add in a bit of tape and cardstock, and these are ready to put together.            

The students will be allowed to choose the colors they want as I made a huge stack of all different colors.  All they need to do is choose a color, glue it down on the colored cardstock they choose and then fill in the note on the staff and fill in the holes on the blank recorder inside.
This is a brief look at the one I did as an example.  After I got done getting these all ready, I thought this might work for early piano/guitar students.   By changing the recorder portion to a keyboard or a fretboard, we could easily make a book together of their first notes.  Perhaps part of their lesson would be to add one of these as the notes are introduced to them.  What do you think?   I shall have to think on that one a bit!
And of course...what would a recorder class be without the "Recorder Dude"?  He stands about 3 feet tall, is made of foam and has velcro under each of his fingers.  As the kids learn a new note, "Recorder Dude" will demonstrate the proper way to play it.  I think this cute guy needs a better name though, so I'm planning to have this class come up with something! 
That's a look at what I've been working on. I'll be sure to post some pictures and some more ideas as we go through the coming weeks. 

34 comments:

Kim Good said...

Great idea! What are the dimensions of the pieces of cardstock? I'd like to use these with my students next year when we start recorder.

Valerie said...

great idea. I'm doing a basic music reading camp this summer and this got some 'creative juices' flowing! Thanks

Sheryl said...

Hi Kim and Valerie,

Thank you for your nice comments. The dimensions I used are:
2.5" x 3.75" for the recorders
1 7/8" x 2.5" for the staves
2.75" x 4" for the mats

I used colored cardstock and regular white paper.

I saved the files so if you would like them, I would be happy to send them to you. Just send me your email address.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea. I'm going to be teaching reacorders to 3rd graders this next year. I would love to get your files for these ideas. my email:
ckmaz02@yahoo.com
Thanks!
Carla

Anonymous said...

Sorry realized... I hadn't left e-mail address. Sort of hard to send if you don't have an e-mail:
dennis.meagan@yahoo.com

Sheryl said...

Hi Dennis,

I am happy to send them to you! You'll have to wait a bit though because my computer has a broken piece and I currently can't charge it. As soon as it is fixed and I can retrieve the files, I'll send them to you. It should be within the next week.

ksing6 said...

This is so creative! I am a new elementary music teacher this fall and would love to use this idea. Would you be able to send the files to me as well? My e-mail is klkkbk@mac.com
Thanks!!!1

Shelly Hainline said...

Oh, I LOVE this idea! I'm going to return to my former school to be a music teacher after a 15-year hiatus. I'd love to know how you made Recorder Dude. He'd be a huge hit with my 3rd-4th graders in their recorder unit!

Sheryl said...

Hi Shelly,

I actually purchased the Recorder Dude from Plank Publishing. Here is the link:

http://www.musick8.com/store/searchresults.php

Enjoy!
Sheryl

Jessica Belanger said...

Hi Sheryl! I teach K-Gr.8 Music in Canada and I do recorder with my grade 4 & 5 students, would you be able to email me the files to make this too! I just love it!
miss.belanger.assignments@gmail.com
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Sheryl,Great idea! This is perfect for my students learning to play the recorder. Please email me the files. Thank you. misscarmenpianoteacher@yahoo.com

Linda said...
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Linda said...

Please send me the files. Thanks for being so creative and generous! lkseamons@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

i teach recorders in grade 4-5, would love to have these files as well. Thanks. n.johnson@iso.bf

Anonymous said...

Can you please send me the files? They are great!

Dmayo001@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love these files, too! I love the "recorder dude".

Thanks for sharing your creativity!
rosesrgr8@cox.net

Devin said...

I would love the files for these as well. I am a home school teacher and getting ready to start with recorders. This is perfect! Thanks stoakshh6@juno.com

F Ednie said...

Could you please send me your files too! Thank you
alohasweetie@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Would you please send me the file for the recorder charts? I LOVE THEM! You are so amazingly creative. I teach 3rd & 4th grade and this would be so helpful. My email is: lisapowell04@gmail.com
Thanks
Lisa

Jaylene said...

I absolutely love this idea! Would you please send me the files as well?

jaylene.scott@gmail.com

Thanks!

Andrea said...

This is wonderful! I have a class that we'll be beginning recorders soon and I would love to have this for them. Could you please send them to me? My email is andrea@hopewellmusic.com Thank you!

Miss K said...

These look wonderful!!! Would I be able to have a copy too please? I will be learning recorder along with the kids I'm teaching, so I need all the support I can get :) stephking10@gmail.com
Thank you!!

Ashleigh said...

I found you on pinterest and I too would love to have a copy of your files. Thanks for your creativity and generosity! My email is alucas@ebcnet.org

Melissa said...

I have been enjoying your website. I teach pre-K through 12th grade band and voice, and I have found so many great ideas. Thank you for sharing. I also would love to have a copy of your files for the recorder. My email is mwoodie@hamilton390.net

Anonymous said...

Fantastic resources for revision and learning new. Please could you forward both recorder resources to me? Email is cherryceg@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Was inspired to see your idea on Pinterest and so excited that you are sharing it with other educators. Homeschooling and would love to use your resource as a tool to learning music. Thank you for sharing.
hollyholeva@yahoo.com

Andrea D. said...

This is a wonderful idea!!! What a great way to have the students make a visual for recorder fingerings and notes. If you are still willing to share your resource I would love to get a copy. My email is andrea.dennis13@gmail.com. Thanks!

chelsea said...

I am teaching a homeschool class for 1st - 4th graders and I would love to do this activity if you can send me the files please? Thanks!
banningchelsea@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am starting my first music LTO next week! Could you please, please send this to me!

conniedapice@rogers.com

Thank you,
Connie

Helen said...

Hi,

I am taking over a music teaching position next week and would love to use these with a couple of my classes. Could you please send me these files.

Thank you in advance
Helen

LAHG@iinet.net.au

Piper said...

I would love the files also.
kristypiper@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

all9rmine@hotmail.com Thanks

Julia Kyte said...

Could you please send me the files to make this? Thank you! harpist84@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello, I love these ideas! Please could you also send me the files? carolinespink@ymail.com Thanks!