Your child may have arrived home from school with a recorder on Monday! This is just a quick note to let you know what to expect this term.
Every year, the children in Y3 have the opportunity to take recorder lessons (in groups of 15) as part of their music curriculum. They are allowed to bring home their recorders to practise on, and we ask that you encourage them to play for about 5-10 minutes per day. If they practise regularly, the sound they produce will become much more pleasant to listen to. 🙂
Here are our TOP TIPS to get your child started, and also a video link to help them if they get stuck.
- Hold the recorder with Left Hand above Right Hand (when they are practising, it helps to put an elastic band or hair band on their left wrist to help them remember this!)
- Blow very gently into the instrument, making a “TOO” sound (ask them to imagine they are playing a lullaby for a baby, so they don’t want to blow too hard and give the baby a fright!)
- To play the note “B”, cover the thumb hole at the back with the left hand thumb, and the 1st hole on the front with the left index finger (if the sound is a bit wobbly, as them to check that the two holes are completely covered)
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to drop an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. We are here to help!
Ms Dore and Miss Sazanova