Recorders are members of the woodwind family. They are inexpensive and relatively easy to play and so they offer a quick introduction to learning to read and play music.
They are suitable for any child in the school from year two upwards. They are generally taught in groups of not more than four during the school day.
Lessons are focused on learning to play together (ensemble work) as well as playing as an individual (solo work). As they progress children begin to play in harmony as more complex ensemble work is introduced. Beginners can expect to have a lot of fun reading and clapping rhythms and singing melodies together to build their confidence in music reading.
Children need a good quality descant recorder and the tutor book 'Recorder from the Beginning' to start their lessons. Both of these are available from the school office. In addition the children are provided with a Practice Record Book in which their weekly targets are set, and there is space for you to write your comments.
Pupils can be entered for examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, or they may prefer to play purely for pleasure. Whichever path is preferable for your child, they will be given the opportunity to play their recorders as part of group performances in assembly or at school concerts.
For more information please see Mrs Metcalf in the school office.