3rd and 4th grade students study Soprano Recorder. The recorder is a great instrument to learn because it is relatively easy to play, inexpensive and easy to take care of.
If possible, it is best for students to purchase their own Soprano Recorder.
Owning their own instrument allows students to learn about responsibility and care of instruments, and to practice regularly at home.
I have school recorders for students to use if they are unable to purchase one.
There are many places to purchase soprano recorders. You can order them online or visit one of our local music stores. A plastic Soprano Recorder is best (much easier to care for and less expensive than wooden) and will cost between $3 - $12. You also might be able to borrow one from a friend or family member. Recorders can be easily cleaned and passed on.
Dollar store recorders are not a good option, they are not well made and are often out of tune. You should look for brands such as Yamaha, Aulos, Hohner, Suzuki, Angel, Tudor or Zen-on.
Any music store will carry Soprano Recorders for purchase.
The book we use at school is The Recorder Fun Book: for Young Students by Larry Newman. I strongly suggest getting a copy for your student so that they can practice at home. You can find copies easily online.
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Taking care of your instrument
- Be very careful of the mouth piece, if it gets chipped your instrument will be ruined
- Do not leave your instrument in extreme hot or cold
- Always clean out your instrument after playing
To Clean your instrument
- If you use the swab, only use it on the bottom two sections, it will not pass through the mouth piece