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Teacher preparation: 

Print out the Exercise sheet No.9 for each pupil (for home practice and parent's reference). 

Make an overhead transparency of the Exercise sheet No. 9 - Sopranino recorder (9) for class instruction. 

OHT of Sopranino recorder (7,8)

OHT of Song Sheet

[a] Pupils to be able to clap simple rhythm consisting of eighth notes, dotted quarter notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, dotted half notes and whole notes. 
[b] Pupils to be able to play any note F to F' in any order without hesitation and with a good sound and proper tonguing.
[c]  Pupils to be able to play some simple tunes consisting of the notes F to F' with good sounds and phrasing.
[d] Pupils to be able to recognise the positions of these 7 notes on the staff.
[e] Pupils to learn a new note G'  and its position on the staff.

Resources: Sopranino recorders , Exercise sheets,  Song sheet 


Tuning In:
Tuning and warming up the recorder by playing the eight notes learnt (F to F'') - first long notes and then with variations in rhythm. (Check for correct fingerings, posture and good tone.) Pupils imitate  simple tunes played by the teacher (based on F to F' notes).

[1] Review Exercise sheets 7 and 8  together as a class. If there is a need, clap the rhythms first before playing the notes. Ask for volunteers to play a line each.

[2] Review all the songs learnt so far.  Get volunteers to play song 11.

[3] More practice on notes position on staff recognition. Notes to be used are F to F'. Deduce the position of G' note on the staff.


[4] Teach the new note G'. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. Pupils should cover only the second hole (using the 2nd finger of the left hand)  with finger  flat on the hole. The right hand thumb supports the instrument even when all the other fingers of the right hand are not used.

[5] Demonstrate: play G then G' ,vocalise  to "tu", with correct fingerings, then play the sound the second time round. Tell pupils that this interval is an octave.

[6] Pupils to practise playing this octave several times until they can play it smoothly. They can then play the octave starting F to F'.

[7] Refer to Exercise sheet No.9 - Sopranino (9) on OHT, clap the rhythm for each line, saying the letter name G'. Play the G' notes on the recorder line after line.

[8] Clap the rhythm for tune 12. Teach the tune -  singing the letter names, singing to "tu" while fingering the recorder and finally playing / blowing gently on the recorder. 

Summary:   Play the scale of F major ascending and descending. Play intervals of G to G' and F to F'. 

Practice points:
Pupils must practise to get good sound on all the notes learnt from F" to G"'  with proper hand positions ( 10 - 15 minutes a day ). Pupils to practise with the aid of the Exercise sheets 8 and 9.  Pupils to practise songs  12 and 13. 

  • Always keep some spare recorders if you are teaching a club or class during school hours. There is a good likelihood that some children may not remember to bring their recorders to school and we do not want them to miss any lessons!
  • Talk about safety issues with the pupils. They should not be having their recorders in their mouth while walking or running. They should keep their recorders well before leaving the classroom.
  • Introduce playing duets and rounds in your lessons. 
  • Play your descant, treble or tenor recorder together with them.
  • Finally, at the end of the course, print for them a simple fingering chart and teach them how to interpret the chart so that they can still refer to the chart if they have forgotten the fingerings.
  • Organise a little recital for the pupils to play some of their favourite pieces for their family or friends.
Exercise Sheet  9 - Sopranino Recorder (9)
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