Each Spring, 5th graders have the privilege of participating in the "Recorder Karate" program. It is one of my favorite units to teach because the students love it so much! Recorder Karate is a motivational recorder program that will encourage students to learn to play the soprano recorder with good technique while allowing them to work at their own pace and be rewarded for their hard work.
They will receive a packet of music that has 9 pieces that are increasing in difficulty. Each week we will work together as a class or in small groups to learn the pieces in their packet. Students may work ahead as far as they would like and when they feel confident, they may play a song for me to earn a "belt." The "belts" for the Recorder Karate program are colored yarn tied to the end of their recorder. Each time they earn a belt, they will sign their name on the corresponding poster in the hallway outside of the music room. This is a great way to track their progress and show growth. Their goal is to earn their black belt by the end of our unit in May.
Interactive Fingering Chart
Recorder Karate Dojo