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     Welcome to Instrumental Music!


    Happy New Year!
                    I am very excited to teach the recorder to the 4th graders this year! Students will play the recorder in class and will follow the "Recorder Karate" curriculum. Once students have mastered the first 3 notes, I will send home a contract for students to borrow the recorder. Home practice will be required, and students are responsible for the recorder should it be lost or broken. You are NOT REQUIRED to purchase a recorder  - students do not share recorders, and they are provided by the school. Students will have the opportunity to purchase the recorder if they wish and that information will be sent home shortly. 

    Grading policy: Students will be graded on how well they play selected exercises, written musical critique, and music reading. I always give students the option to perform playing tests with a group or after class so that everyone can take their playing tests in the environment that makes them the most comfortable. Nobody has to play a solo if they do not want to!

    We will be learning to think and write like musicians this year, and that means musical critique! We will learn the terminology and vocabulary to describe what we hear so that we can describe the tempo and dynamics of the piece, as well as the form and timbre. Don't worry, your child will be able to explain these words to you soon enough.