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Teacher preparation: 

Print out Exercise sheet No. 6 for each pupil ( for home practice and parent's reference ). 

Make an overhead transparency of the Exercise sheet No.6 - Sopranino recorder (6) for class instruction. 

OHT of Sopranino recorder (4, 5)

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 , B-flat  and A in any order without hesitation, with a good sound.
[c]  Pupils to be able to play some simple tunes consisting of the notes E, D, C, B-flat and A  with good sounds and phrasing.
[d] Pupils to be able to recognise the positions of these 5 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 five notes learnt (E, D,C , B-flat and A) - 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, B-flat  and A notes)

[1] Review Exercise sheets 3, 4, 5 together as a class. Ask for volunteers to play a line each.

[2] Review Songs 1 to 7.  Get volunteers to play songs 5 to 7.

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


[4] New note for today is G. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. Pupils should cover all the holes well. 

[5] Demonstrate: play  A  then G. Vocalise  to "tu", with correct fingerings, then play the sound second time round. ( Pupils always find it easier to get the lower notes right when they play the higher notes preceding them. )

[6] Refer to Exercise sheet No. 6 - Sopranino (6) on OHT, clap the rhythm for each line, saying the letter name G. Play the G notes on the recorder line after line.

[7] Clap the rhythm for tune 8. Teach the tune -  singing the letter names, singing to "tu" while fingering the recorder and finally playing / blowing gently on the recorder. Do the same for tune 9.

Summary:  Ask for volunteers to create some rhythms based on the six notes learnt and play them on the recorder. Do 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 sounds on E note, D note, C note  and B-flat note, A note and G note with proper hand positions ( 10 - 15 minutes a day ). Pupils to practise with the aid of the Exercise sheets 4 ,5 and 6.  Pupils to practise songs  7, 8 and 9. 

  • Stress the importance of blowing softly and listening to the tone produced on the recorder. Teach pupils how to correct themselves when they hear a wrong sound coming from their recorder ( e.g. holes not covered properly, wrong fingerings, blowing too hard, blowing too softly, etc. ).
  • As pupils will be practising alot at home, teach them to make a mute for their recorder so that they can play without disturbing people around them. 
Directions to make a mute
To cut off the sound completely:
Cut a piece of stiff paper about 7 cm long and with a width the same size as the "window " of the recorder.
Bend the paper at an angle and hook it through the slot of the "window". 

To minimize the sound output:
Follow the instructions above but cut the width of the paper slightly smaller than the width of the window.


Exercise Sheet  6 - Sopranino Recorder (6)
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