The 4th graders received their recorders this week. We learned to play our very first note in class together! We learned that good recorder playing requires two things: 1)Steamy Air and 2) Holey Fingers. Ask a 4th grader about birthday candle air versus fogging up a window air.
There is a free website that I showed to the kids in class they can use at home to practice recorder. It makes practice into a game! All you need is a computer with internet connection, a microphone, and a recorder. It's called "Recorder Master" and is available at Joytunes.com You can click the "play for free" button here and play on the website. You can play as a guest without making an account, but your progress is not saved. There is also an app version of the game for the iPad, however, it does cost $1.99.
Here are some pictures of 4th graders putting their recorders together for the very first time. It was sort of like Christmas morning in the music room :)