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Teacher preparation: 

Print out Exercise sheet No.8 for each pupil ( for home practice and parent's reference ). 

Make an overhead transparency of the Exercise sheet No.8 - Sopranino recorder (8) for class instruction. 

OHT of Sopranino recorder (6, 7)

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 to F in any order without hesitation with a good sound and proper tonguing.
[c]  Pupils to be able to play some simple tunes consisting of the notes E to F with good sounds and phrasing.
[d] Pupils to be able to recognise the positions of these 7 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 seven notes learnt (E to F) - 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  6 and 7  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 song 10.

[3] More practice on notes position on staff recognition. Notes to be used are E to F. Deduce the position of F' note on the staff.

[4] Teach the new note F'. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. Pupils should cover  the thumbhole and the second hole (using the 2nd finger of the left hand)  with fingers flat on the holes. The right hand thumb supports the instrument even when all the other fingers of the right hand are not used.

[5] Demonstrate: play F then F' ,vocalise  to "tu", with correct fingerings, then play them the second time. Tell pupils that this interval is an octave.

[6] Pupils to practise playing this octave several times until they can play it smoothly.

[7] Refer to Exercise sheet No.8 - Sopranino (8) 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 11. Teach the tune -  singing the letter names, singing to "tu" while fingering the recorder and finally playing / blowing gently on the recorder. 

Summary:   Play the scale of F major ascending and descending. Play intervals. 

Practice points:
Pupils must practise to get good sounds on all the notes learnt from F to F'  with proper hand positions  ( 10 - 15 minutes a day ). Pupils to practise with the aid of the Exercise sheets 7 and 8.  Pupils to practise songs  10 and 11. 

  • By now pupils should be able to do some simple sight-reading based on 2 or 3 notes that move in steps. Devise music like that to help them in this area.
  • Look for interesting folk songs / children's songs that fall  within the range of notes pupils have learnt. Transpose them if necessary. It is easier to sustain the interest of children with an interesting repertoire suitable for their age. (Children generally like bright colours and happy music. Most do not prefer music in minor mode.) 
  • Many pupils tend to equate pressing very hard on the holes to covering them tighter to better prevent air leakage. Hence they may get very tense during playing. The correct way is to let the fingers lay flat firmly on the holes. There is no need to exert too much pressure.
Exercise Sheet  8 - Sopranino Recorder (8)
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