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Teacher preparation: 

Print out Exercise sheet No.4 for each pupil ( for home practice and parent's reference ). 

Make an overhead transparency of the Exercise sheet No.4 - Sopranino recorder (4) for class instruction. 

OHT of Sopranino recorder (2,3)

OHT of Song Sheet

Objectives: [a] Pupils to be able to clap simple rhythm consisting of quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, dotted half notes and whole notes. You may use the rhythms on the exercise sheet as an example. 
[b] Pupils to be able to play any note E, D and C in any order without hesitation and with a good sound.
[c]  Pupils to be able to play some simple tunes consisting of the notes E, D, C with good sounds and phrasing.
[d] Pupils to be able to recognise the positions of these 3 notes on the staff.
[e] Pupils to learn a new note B-flat and its position on the staff.

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


Tuning In:
Tuning and warming up the recorder by playing the three notes learnt ( E, D and C ) - 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 E, D and C notes ).

[1] Pupils  to  play songs 1, 2, 3, 4 from the Song sheet. Each pupils to choose their own.

[2] Do some notes position on staff recognition activities.

[3] Do some notes grouping activities / drawing of bar lines for rhythms activities on the board.


[4] Review note / rhythm exercises on Sopranino (2) and (3). Remember to use Imitation activity method.
[5] New note for today is B-flat. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. 

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

[7] Refer to Exercise sheet No.4 - Sopranino (4) on OHT, clap the rhythm for each line, saying the letter name Bflat.
Play the Bflat notes on the recorder line after line.

[8] Clap the rhythm for songs 5 and 6. 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, C and Bflat notes from Sopranino (1,2,3,4) Ask for volunteers to create some rhythms based on the four notes learnt and play them on the recorder. Show the fingerings on your recorder and get pupils to put the corresponding notes on the staff. 

Practice points:
Pupils must practise to get good sound on E note, D note, C note  and B-flat note with proper hand positions. ( 10 - 15 minutes a day ) Pupils to practise with the aid of Exercise sheets 1,2,3 and 4  to strengthen rhythm concepts.  Pupils to practise songs 5 and 6 and try to memorise songs 1 to 4.

  • Do not rush through the lessons. It is better to go slow if pupils are not ready. It is all right to carry part of the lesson forward if your pupils need more help in certain areas.
  • It is around this time that some pupils begin to struggle and find some of the concepts really challenging while others may become so interested as to venture out to learn new fingerings and play new tunes on their own!
  • Get some of the rules straight with regards to when pupils listen and when they have to stop playing.  Practise your signals regularly if needed. Pupils at this stage sometimes get so engrossed in their playing and demonstrating to their friends that they are not aware what the teacher is saying or teaching.
Exercise Sheet  4 - Sopranino Recorder (4)
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