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Teacher preparation: 

Print out Exercise sheet No.5 for each pupil ( for home practice and parent's reference ). 

Make an overhead transparency of Exercise sheet No.5 - Sopranino recorder (5) for class instruction. 

OHT of Sopranino recorder (3 ,4)

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. You may use the rhythms on the exercise sheet as an example. 
[b] Pupils to be able to play any note E, D ,C and B-flat 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, B-flat  with good sounds and phrasing.
[d] Pupils to be able to recognise the positions of these 4 notes on the staff.
[e] Pupils to learn a new note A 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 four notes learnt ( E, D, C and Bflat ) - 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, C and Bflat  notes ).

[1] Pupils  to  play any songs from 1 to 6  from the Song sheet. Each pupil  to choose their own. Revise songs 5 and 6 from the song sheet.

[2] Do some notes position on staff recognition activities. Notes to be used are E, D, C, B-flat. Deduce the position of A note on the staff.

[3] Introduce eighth notes and dotted eighth notes. Use rhythm on Exercise sheet 5 as examples for clapping. Then do some notes grouping activities / drawing of bar lines for rhythms activities on the board.


[4] Review note / rhythm exercises on Sopranino (3) and (4). Remember to use Imitation activity method.

[5] New note for today is A. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. Pupils should cover all the holes well. ( The more holes they have to cover, the greater the chance of air leakage and hence out of tune notes. )

[6] Demonstrate: play E, D, C, B-flat and A. Vocalise  to "tu", with correct fingerings, then play the sound the second time round. ( Pupils always find it easier to get the lower notes right when they play the higher notes preceding them. )

[7] Refer to Exercise sheet No.5 - Sopranino (5) on OHT, clap the rhythm for each line, saying the letter name A. ( Please note that there are 2 new types of rhythm notes for this exercise. )
Play the A notes on the recorder line after line.

[8] Clap the rhythm for songs 7. Teach the song - 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 create some rhythms based on the five  notes learnt and play them on the recorder. Do a question and answer session on the recorder where each child responds  with a short melody after the teacher's melody. More practice on staff notations.

Practice points:
Pupils must practise to get good sound on E note, D note, C note  and B-flat note and A note with proper hand positions ( 10 - 15 minutes a day ). Pupils to practise with the aid of the Exercise sheets 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.  Pupils to practise songs 5, 6 and 7. 

  • Remind pupils to keep their fingers flat over the holes and not to cover the holes with their finger tips.
  • Remind pupils to blow very gently and tongue each note well. As they will be learning notes of lower pitch, it is important to stress the need to blow gently or else the notes may not come out correctly in tune.
  • Some pupils may slip into bad habits as the music gets more challenging and forget how they should be holding their recorders. Check that their right hand thumb should always be supporting the recorder with the other right hand fingers near and ready to cover any holes they may need to play.
Exercise Sheet  5 - Sopranino Recorder (5)
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