WHAT IS RECORDER KARATE?
The Recorder Karate program is "work at your own pace"program. When a child plays the required song correctly they will get a colored piece of yarn.
The Recorder Karate program ends at the beginning of February and at that point no more belts will be issued. After that we will be preparing for our recorder assembly which is in March.
Keep in mind that over the course of the year there are approximately 18 music classes at 40 minutes each (assuming there are no missed classes due to assembly's or if a child is absent) leading up to the recorder assembly.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD LOSES OR BRAKES THEIR RECORDER?
We are very fortunate to have Plainville School System supplying each child with ONE recorder for the year since many schools do not provide children with their recorders. Due to many issues over the past few years, I strongly suggest that recorders issued by the school stay in their individual classroom bins. They are theirs to take home at the end of March. If your child breaks their recorder it is their responsibility to get a replacement one. You can purchase them for under $5 at the Dollar Stores, toy stores, and Wal-Mart to just name a few places. Please do not send in money for a new recorder. Since we have been keeping school issued recorders at school we have had a substantial decrease in recorder breakage.
SHOULD MY CHILD PRACTICE?
Yes, it would be ideal if your child had an additional recorder to practice at home but this is by no means required. It would obviously be beneficial if your child could take a few minutes each week to review and practice at home what they have learned during music classes. Please keep in mind that if your child does take their school issued recorder home to practice is very important that your child has their recorder during EVERY music class because I will only see your child 18 times/music classes for 40 minutes each before our recorder assembly in March.
DOES MY CHILD GET GRADED?
Yes, but the recorder program is work your own pace so grading is basically based on participation and effort. All children will be playing and graded at the best of their abilities. Every time your child passes a song they will go on to the next song. ALL songs are learned and reviewed each music class.
WHAT GRADES DO YOU PLAY THE RECORDER?
Starting in 2006 the Superintendent of Plainville requested that recorders be taught in 3rd and 4th grade.
WHEN DO THIRD GRADERS START THE RECORDERS?
We begin the Recorder Karate Program the beginning of September.
DO THEY NEED TO GET ANYTHING?
All 3rd graders need a FOLDER with their name on it, so that they will have a place to put the music and information. An additional recorder to practice at home would be ideal but is NOT required.
Basically when each child successfully plays the given song they will receive their "recorder belt" and will be able to go on to the next song. For the most part this is going to be achieved at the individual pace of the child therefore meeting their specific individual goals. Each child will get ONE belt per song. Don't worry if your child loses their belt because the most important thing is that they learned the song. If they do lose the belt you can replace it with any piece of yarn or string or relatively the same color. Please do not request replacement belts because they have been lost. Thank you.
WHAT IS MY CHILD GOING TO LEARN?
*Students will learn how to hold the recorder
*Students will be able to play selected notes to the best of their ability
*Students will be able to recognize, read and play simple musical selections
A general goal for 3rd grade is to be able to play at least 4 songs by February - which is when the Recorder Karate program ends and we then start preparing for the recorder assembly.
CAN MY CHILD USE ANOTHER RECORDER?
Absolutely! If they have another recorder they would prefer to use all the time that is also fine, however, please make sure that it is a recorder and not a flutophone. They will not be required to leave their own personal recorder, that you have purchased, at school. However, please keep in mind that recorders have a tendency to break in backpacks on the buses and that it is important they remember to bring it to music class.
WHEN IS THE RECORDER ASSEMBLY?
The Recorder Assembly for the 3rd graders is in March.
Here are some recorder printouts for students to use at home.