The Harmony H304P is a set of four Harmony 30 series recorders. Includes one each of the Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, and Tenor. Each recorder includes a durable bag, fingering chart and cleaning rod. Baroque-English Fingering.
The Harmony 30 Series recorders are exceptional student instruments for the classroom! Available in all five voices, recorders allow for a full compliment of sound at an affordable price.
I have beginning students. They have played recorder a bit in 4th grade at another school and neither they, nor their parents were impressed with the recorder as an instrument. I thought that by having instruments that could harmonize it might be better than everyone playing the same type of instrument. What do you think about this idea? Thank you!
Best Answer:What method book and recorder are they using? I teach at a private Montessori school and I begin most children in 3rd grade. To receive your recorder and finally get to play one is like a rite of passage at the school. I use the Do-It Recorder Method Book with CD and the Yamaha colored recorders. I also use the karate recorder concept of belts. A child receives a belt for each song they pass when tested. Once they are driven by receiving belts, you can increase the number of songs for one belt on so-on. Healthy competition in the class helps too as the children see who has what belt, and then they go home and practice harder so they can have the most belts or receive their black belt first. Once the children are accomplished on their soprano recorder, then they have certain requirements to meet to see if they can test to play a tenor, alto, sopranino. Remember the alto and sopranino are in F, so you will have to transpose the music so they can read it in C, or teach them F fingering. Therefore, in my opinion, having instruments so they can harmonize, isn't the issue, it's the attitude and excitement of how things are presented. My students do enjoy playing different parts and harmonizing. Check out Plank Publishing K-8 magazine, and several years ago they had a special recorder magazine, 4 issues per year. They have beginner parts and then advanced parts for their songs along with CD accompaniment. I also teach Kindermusik and we teach them recorder at age 6, 7. Some of my Kindermusik students that are in 1st and 2nd grade are better than a lot of my 4th and 5th graders. I also had a 6th grade student last year, that was better than me. So recorder is a big part of our school music program and we love them! Hope this helps.
I purchased these for my nephew. He's a fifth grader now and enjoys playing each one in his music class. He was also asked to play for the Veterans Day assembly solo. He loves them and that's about all I can tell you.