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Teacher preparation: 

Print out Exercise sheet No.3 for each pupil (for home practice and parent's reference). 

Make an overhead transparency of Exercise sheet No.3 - Sopranino recorder (3) for class instruction. [It is important that pupils do not slouch and bend to look at notes. Having the notes on OHT allows pupils to follow the notes when the teacher is pointing to them.]

OHT of Sopranino recorder (1,2)

OHT of Song Sheet

Prepare a nice tune to play on your Sopranino for your pupils to listen.

Objectives: [a] Pupils to be able to clap simple rhythm consisting of quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes and whole notes. You may use the rhythms on the exercise sheet as an example. 
[b] Pupils to listen to a recorder tune.
[c] Pupils to clearly know how to hold a recorder correctly. 
[d] Pupils to be able to produce a pleasant tone for three  pitches (E, D and C notes) 
[e] Pupils to be able to play a few simple tunes consisting of the pitches E, D and C.

Resources: Sopranino recorders , Exercise sheets, Beat Circle chart (make your own), Song sheet 


Tuning In:
Rhythm activities: Teacher to clap some rhythms in 4 beats / 3 beats / 2 beats variations and pupils try to imitate that. Tuning and warming up the recorder by playing the two notes learnt ( E and D ) - first long notes and then with variations in rhythm. ( Check for correct fingerings, posture and good tone ).

[1] Play a tune on your Sopranino for your pupils to listen. They can feel the beat while you play it a second time.

[2] Pupils may like to contribute a phrase or tune that they have prepared / created after the previous lesson. They may like to play for the class. 
( Remember to praise for effort ) Pupils may like to play songs 1 and 2 from the Song sheet.

[3] Each pupil to try out playing the note E and D on the recorder / teacher to listen and check that every single person is able to achieve at least a good sound.

 [4] Review note exercises on Sopranino (1) and (2). You may like to start off with the Imitation activity
( teacher first vocalises the rhythm to ''tu'', while showing the correct fingering for note E and D. Pupils to copy the action. Then teacher plays a rhythm (one by one) as indicated on the Exercise sheet while pupils copy on the recorder) or go straight into notation. (You may like to just choose some lines from each Exercise sheet to revise.)

[5] New note for today is C. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. Pupils learning the fingering by holding the recorder under the lips.

[6] Demonstrate: play E, D,  then C. Vocalise  to "tu", with correct fingerings, then play the sound the second time round.

[7] Refer to Exercise sheet No.3, Sopranino (3) on OHT, clap the rhythm for each line, saying the letter name C. Play the C notes on the recorder line after line.

[8] Clap the rhythm for songs 3 and 4. Teach the two songs - singing the words , singing the letter names, singing to "tu" while fingering the recorder and finally playing / blowing gently on the recorder.

Summary: Ask for volunteers to to play rhythms for E, D and C notes from Sopranino (1, 2, 3 ). Ask for volunteers to create some rhythms and melodies based on the three notes learnt and play them on the recorder. 

Practice points:
Pupils must practise to get good sounds on E note, D note and C note  with proper hand positions ( 5 - 10 minutes a day ). Pupils to practise with the aid of  Exercise sheets 1,2 and 3 to strengthen rhythm concepts.  Pupils to try out all the songs 1 to 4.

  • Encourage creativity and class participation. Praise any effort to increase confidence in the individuals.
  • Playing long notes and warming up the recorder at the beginning of each lesson is good practice. It helps pupils to recall / remember the fingerings.
  • Spend some time going through the positions of notes on the staff. Create some composition games based on E, D, C notes. Remember to use visuals, sounds and manipulatives as different children learn differently.
  • Give pupils opportunity to play for everybody during lesson time. Point out examples of good sounds played by individuals.
  • Homework is best given out with simple written instructions so that it can be done with focus and parents will be able to help if needed.
Exercise Sheet  3 - Sopranino Recorder (3)
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