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Teacher preparation: 

Print out Exercise sheet No. 7 for each pupil (for home practice and parent's reference). 

Make an overhead transparency of the Exercise sheet No. 7 - Sopranino recorder (7) for class instruction. 

OHT of Sopranino recorder (5, 6)

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 E, D ,C , B-flat,  A and G 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, Bflat, A and G  with good sounds and phrasing.
[d] Pupils to be able to recognise the positions of these 6 notes on the staff.
[e] Pupils to learn a new note F  and its position on the staff.

Resources: Sopranino recorders , Exercise sheets,  Song sheet


Tuning In:
Tuning and warming up the recorder by playing the six notes learnt ( E, D, C , B-flat , A and G ) - 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 , A  and G notes )

[1] Review  Exercise sheets  5 and 6  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 songs 8 and 9.

[3] More practice on notes position on staff recognition. Notes to be used are E, D, C, B-flat, A and G. Deduce the position of F note on the staff       ( the lowest note that can be played on a sopranino recorder ).

[4] Teach the new note F. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. Pupils should cover all the holes well with fingers flat on the holes.

[5] Demonstrate: play  G  then F. 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. )

[6] Remind pupils to blow and tongue the notes very gently. If pupils do not get the sound right the first time, they should try it a second time, making sure that they have fully covered all the holes and blowing with a gentle breath.

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

[8] Clap the rhythm for tune 10. Teach the tune -  singing the letter names, singing to "tu" while fingering the recorder and finally playing / blowing gently on the recorder. 

Summary:   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. Play a game called "Spot the Mistake" where the teacher deliberately does something wrong ( e.g. the way the recorder is held, fingers not  flat on the holes, not blowing gently, etc. ) and the children learn to spot the mistakes.

Practice points:
Pupils must practise to get good sounds on all the notes learnt from E to F  with proper hand positions 
( 10 - 15 minutes a day ). Pupils to practise with the aid of the Exercise sheets 6 and 7.  Pupils to practise song 10. 

  • Encourage children to bring in simple songs if  they have any, songs that have notes that fall within the range of all the notes that they have learnt. Pupils may learn some of these additional songs during their recorder lessons.
  • Pupils must be taught to treat their recorders with care and to clean / dry them well after playing. This is especially important if the recorder is made of wood.
  • If the recorder is played in a room temperature that is too cold,  the recorder should be sufficiently warmed up first before playing. Condensation forming in the slot of the windway will seriously impair the sound.
  • When playing low notes, one must not blow too hard or tongue too strongly as it will cause the notes to squeak and jump an octave. (This is the most common problem I have with my pupils.)
Exercise Sheet  7 - Sopranino Recorder (7)
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